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10 teams still alive in District 3 baseball, softball tournaments

Kutztown is the first Berks team this season in baseball or softball to get a chance to win a District 3 championship.

The fourth-seeded Cougars (12-9) travel to Fredericksburg Thursday to play second-seeded Delone Catholic at 6:30 p.m. for the Class 2A baseball championship.

Kutztown is the defending champion, beating Halifax 5-1 in last year’s championship game. The Cougars beat top-seeded Halifax 7-3 on Monday.

Kutztown is one of four Berks baseball teams still in the running for a district title. Muhlenberg lost on Monday but is still in the tournament, playing in the consolation round for a berth in the state playoffs.

In softball, five teams remain after the opening round of play.

Baseball

Along with Kutztown, Wilson, Gov. Mifflin and Fleetwood continue their pursuit for district crowns.

Wilson, the fourth seed in 6A, benefitted from Ephrata’s 10-inning 9-8 upset of top-seeded Cedar Cliff on Monday.

Wilson gets to host Thursday’s semifinal game at 4:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs (14-6) advanced with a 4-1 win over Manheim Township behind a 3-hit pitching performance by Matt VanOstenbridge. They are seeking their third district title since 2019.

Ephrata is 16-6.

In the Class 5A championship bracket, top-seeded Gov. Mifflin hosts Lampeter-Strasburg at 4:30 p.m. at Cumru Elementary School.

The Mustangs (17-3) got a complete-game, 12-strikeout pitching performance from Ethan Grim in their 3-0 win over Palmyra on Monday. Bryce Detwiler delivered the key blow in the game, belting a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

In Class 4A, sixth-seeded Fleetwood (13-7) travels to second-seeded East Pennsboro (17-2) for a 4:30 p.m. semifinal game.

Fleetwood advanced by beating Northern Lebanon 3-0 on Monday behind Liam Hilburt’s complete-game, 9-strikeout performance.

On Monday, Mechanicsburg knocked Muhlenberg into the 5A consolation semifinals where the Muhls will host Lower Dauphin at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Softball

Three Berks teams won Monday with Hamburg and Brandywine Heights opening playThursday in 4A and 2A, respectively.

The Hawks (17-3) are the top seed in the 4A bracket, getting a bye in the first round, and host ninth-seeded Big Spring (15-5) at 4:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

It’s Hamburg’s first game since winning the Berks championship, beating Wilson 8-0 last Thursday for their first county title since 2010.

In Class 5A, Twin Valley and Exeter won Monday to advance to Thursday’s quarterfinal round.

Sixth-seeded Exeter (17-4) hosts 14th-seeded Shippensburg (12-9) at 4:30 p.m.

Shippensburg ousted third-seeded Northern York 4-3 on Monday, while Exeter beat New Oxford 9-4.

In the other side of the bracket, ninth-seeded Twin Valley (14-5) travels to top-seeded South Western (21-0) for a 4:30 p.m. game.

Twin Valley advanced with a 5-4 win over Lower Dauphin and South Western beat Gettysburg 12-2.

Kutztown, in 3A, and Brandywine Heights, in 2A, play semifinal games Thursday.

The third-seeded Cougars travel to No. 2 Susquenita for a 4:30 p.m. game and second-seeded Brandywine Heights (9-11) hosts third-seeded Newport (10-8) at 6:30 p.m.

Kutztown (16-5) rolled into the semifinals with a 12-2 win over Lancaster Catholic and Susquenita (19-2) blanked Upper Dauphin 10-0.

Because of the small number of teams in Class 2A, this is Brandywine Heights’ first game of the tournament.

 


Source: Berkshire mont

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