The Tri-County area has three baseball teams and one softball team playing in their respective PIAA quarterfinal games on Thursday. In Class A softball, DuBois Central Catholic, the District 9 champions, will take on District 10 champion Commodore Perry. In Class A baseball, it will be a Tri-County area matchup as Clarion, the District 9 runner-up, will play the third place team in Elk County Catholic. Last but not least, in Class AA, D-9 champion Brookville Will play District 10 runner-up Saegertown.
Here is a closer look at each game:
DuBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC (22-1)
vs. COMMODORE PERRY (15-3)
HERMITAGE — The Lady Cardinals find themselves in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals for the second year in a row. Central defeated Conemaugh Valley out of District 6, 3-0, in the quarterfinals last year.
On Thursday, DCC travels to Hickory High School for a battle with Commodore Perry, which defeated Cambridge Springs, 7-0, in the District 10 championship game. The Lady Panthers defeated Monessen, 7-2, on Monday in the first round of the PIAA Tournament.
The Lady Panthers are led by Brittany Shrock, a senior, and Brooke Shrock, who is a freshman. Brittany is batting .448 with three home runs, 23 RBIs, nine doubles and a triple. Brooke is batting even higher than Brittany at .484. Brittany has knocked in 14 runs and has nine doubles to her credit.
Kate Wilkosz has also been a big part of the offense. She is batting .308 with six home runs and 21 RBIs on the year. She also has six doubles on the season.
Brittany Shrock has 12 appearances in the pitcher’s circle with 79 1/3 innings with a 1.41 earned run average. Opponents are hitting .109 off Shrock, and she has walked 34 and struck out 127 batters.
For DuBois Central Catholic, Macey Hanes (.602) and Jordy Frank (.546) have been the main pieces in the Lady Cardinal lineup. Hanes has 50 hits on the season and has scored 54 runs out of the leadoff spot, and has smacked six doubles and three triples. Frank has hit 10 home runs, nine doubles, six triples and has scored 45 times on the year.
Riley Assalone (.453), Shayleigh Gulvas (.378), Libby Maurer (.373), Ashley Wruble (.356) and Alyssa Bittner (.328) have all had strong seasons at the plate for the Lady Cardinals.
In the pitcher’s circle, Assalone is 16-1 on the year with a 2.15 earned run average in 101 innings. She has walked only 17 and struck out 122 batters.
First pitch from Hickory High School is set for 2 p.m.
ELK COUNTY CATHOLIC (19-5)
vs. CLARION (19-3)
DuBOIS — Two area teams will collide at Showers’ Field on Thursday evening, but the Crusaders and Bobcats don’t have any familiarity with each other as they have not met this season.
The two teams last met in the 2015 District 9 semifinals, with Clarion coming out on top, 5-2.
The Crusaders got to the quarterfinal round with an upset over District 7 champion Jeannette, 7-4, on Tuesday at Greater Latrobe High School. Clarion defeated Berlin Brothersvalley, 4-3, on Monday at Showers’ Field.
Dan Stauffer, a St. Bonaventure recruit, leads the Crusaders with a .472 batting average with two home runs and 26 runs batted in. He launched a two-run homer in the first round against Jeannette.
Ryan Heary is hitting .432 on the year with two home runs and 30 RBIs, while Brad Dippold comes in with a .380 average with 11 RBIs.
On the mound, Dippold leads the way with 50 1/3 innings pitched and is 8-1 on the season with a 1.94 earned run average. He threw four innings and earned the win against Jeannette.
Gabe Kraus, who was injured for much of the season, tossed two scoreless innings in the win Monday, while Alec Wehler picked up the save.
For Clarion, Spencer Miller is leading the way with a .450 average for the year out of the leadoff spot with six doubles, a triple and 15 RBIs. Ryan Anthony is next at .329 with 19 runs driven in.
On the mound, Reed Anthony has had a stellar season with a 10-1 record with a 0.49 ERA. He threw four innings in relief and earned the win over Berlin Brothersvalley on Monday.
The game will start at 6:30 p.m. from Showers’ Field.
vs. SAEGERTOWN (16-7)
NEW CASTLE — The Raiders got to the PIAA quarterfinals with a 4-3 walkoff win over Conemaugh Township in the first round on Monday, while Saegertown defeated WPIAL champion California, 7-3, on Tuesday.
Out of the Panthers’ seven losses on the season, four of them came at the beginning of the season on a trip to Florida. On that trip, Saegertown played three schools from Kentucky, and Germantown Friends School from Philadelphia.
Panther seniors Nick Palmer and Alan McGill lead the team in batting average with both hitting .463. Palmer has 10 doubles, a triple and RBIs to his credit, while McGill has nine doubles, four triples and 14 runs driven in.
On the mound, Dane Rhoades is the ace of the Saegertown staff, coming in with a perfect 8-0 record with a 2.20 earned run average. He has walked 32 and struck out 67.
Wesley Price is the Panthers’ second best pitcher with a 5-1 record with a 3.39 ERA.
Aaron Park is leading the Raiders on the year with a .429 average with four doubles and a triple, while Tanner LaBenne sits at .406 with six doubles and 10 RBIs.
On the mound, Park (1.35), Ben Reitz (1.93), Bryan Dworek (2.89) and Dane Lyle (3.78) all have had big seasons for the Raiders.
First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. from Neshannock High School.