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PIAA baseball: Dramatic home run propelled Scouts to last state title by Berks team

It’s been 14 years since a Berks team won a state baseball title.

Gov. Mifflin (23-5) hopes to end that drought Friday when it plays in the PIAA Class 5A championship game against Hollidaysburg (17-5) at 4:30 p.m. at Penn State’s Medlar Field.

Conrad Weiser, in dramatic fashion no less, was the last Berks team to win a state championship, beating Hershey 6-2 in the Class 3A title game.

But it was in the semifinals that the Scouts pulled out one of the most memorable wins in Berks sports history, against BCIAA rival Twin Valley.

The Scouts, who were playing Twin Valley for the fifth time that season, trailed heading into the seventh inning in the semifinal game at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading.

Conrad Weiser’s Tanner Lutz sent the game to extra innings with a groundout to tie the game.

And then in the eighth inning, before 3,000 fans, Aaron Price blasted a game-winning home run for a thrilling 5-4 victory and a trip to the state title game against Hershey.

Four nights later in Altoona, the Scouts beat Hershey, becoming only the fourth Berks County team to win league, district and state titles in the same season.

After a 3-3 start in which the Scouts lost three straight after opening the season with three wins, they didn’t lose a game the rest of the way.

“It was long overdue,” pitcher Mike Weinhold said in 2020 in a story marking the 10-year anniversary of the state title. “We always thought we had a really good team and a really good group of guys. We knew we could do it, but there always seemed like one thing was holding us back.

“That season was almost magical. It came together almost perfectly.”

Conrad Weiser’s state championship was the seventh by a BCIAA team since 1979, with Oley Valley winning three titles during that span.

On Friday, Gov. Mifflin will try to add more history to its storybook season. The Mustangs, who finished second in the District 3 tournament to Mechanicsburg, had not won a state playoff game before beating Frankford 7-2 in the opening round. They then beat Whitehall 10-0 in five innings and Selinsgrove 7-2 Monday in the semifinals.

Hollidaysburg advanced Monday with a 3-1 win over Monsignor Bonner.

BCIAA teams in PIAA baseball finals

Class 3A: Tyrone 5, Oley Valley 0
Class 1A: Serra Catholic 4, Central Catholic 0
Class 3A: Conrad Weiser 6, Hershey 2
Class 2A: Brandywine Heights 4, South Fayette 1
Class 2A: Bald Eagle Area 6, Kutztown 1
Class 2A: Mount Union 14, Wyomissing 8
Class 3A: Boyertown 5, North Allegheny 4
Class 2A: Oley Valley 1, Bellwood-Antis 0 (9 innings)
Class 3A: Bethel Park 13, Wilson 6
Class 2A: Mount Union 6, Oley Valley 2
Class 2A: Oley Valley 5, Monaca 0
Class 2A: Oley Valley 5, California 4
Class 3A: Reading High 2, Beaver 1
Class 2A: West Perry 4, Oley Valley 0

Rich Scarcella contributed to this story

Source: Berkshire mont

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