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District 3 baseball history: Top seeds have tough time

Since the PIAA introduced Class 6A and 5A to its baseball tournament in 2017, being the top seed has meant nothing in District 3.

Gov. Mifflin enters play Friday in 5A as the top seed but no top seed has won a District 3 title in 6A or 5A since the classes were formed.

Not only is Gov. Mifflin (15-3) hoping to break that trend it is also hoping to make school history by winning its first district baseball title.

The Mustangs open play against No. 16 Garden Spot at 4:30 p.m. at Gov. Mifflin.

In order to win the tournament, Gov. Mifflin will have to win four straight games.

With the top seed usually running into hurdles during the tournament, that gives hope to lower seeded teams, which Berks County has three of in the two classes.

Twin Valley (14-4) is seeded third in 5A and Muhlenberg (13-6) is the seventh seed in the same class. Both host games Friday — Twin Valley against Lower Dauphin at 7 p.m. and Muhlenberg against Manheim Central at 2 p.m.

Berks County champion Wilson (13-6) is the fourth seed in 6A and will open play Monday.

It hasn’t been much better in Class 4A for the No. 1 seed either.

Since 2007, only two teams — Berks Catholic in 2018 and Hempfield in 2015 — won the title from the top spot. In fact, in 2011, Cedar Cliff won the championship as the 16th seed.

Here are the champions in Class 6A and 5A since 2017, including their seed.

Class 6A

2023: No. 5 Cedar Cliff.

2022: No. 2 Warwick.

2021: No. 2 Wilson.

2020: No tournament

2019: No. 5 Wilson.

2018: No. 2 Cumberland Valley.

2017: No. 2 Dallastown.

Class 5A

2023: No. 6 Mechanicsburg

2022: No. 2 Manheim Central.

2021: No. 2 Red Land.

2020: No tournament

2019: No. 3 Cedar Cliff.

2018: No. 3 Ephrata.

2017: No. 3 Cedar Cliff.

Source: Berkshire mont

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