Previewing the PIAA softball and baseball playoff quarterfinals

Below is a capsule look at the three PIAA softball and baseball quarterfinal playoff games on Thursday involving teams from the Beaver County Times’ coverage area.


Class 4A

Beaver Area defeated Fleetwood in a first-round PIAA Class 4A playoff game on Monday.

Beaver Area (20-0) vs. Burrell (14-2)

Details: 3 pm Thursday at Mars Area High School

Scouting Beaver Area: After dominating Elizabeth Forward in a 6-0 victory last week to secure a second consecutive WPIAL title, Beaver Area looked untouchable. That was until the Bobcats’ 3-2 win against Fleetwood Area in the first round of the PIAA playoffs on Monday was a lot closer than they would’ve liked it to be. Head coach Amy Haggart called it a “championship hangover.” However they frame it, though, the Bobcats know that they’ll need to play better in order to achieve their lofty goal of becoming back-to-back PIAA champions. Star senior pitcher Payton List, who has posted a 12-0 record and tallied 255 strikeouts in 128.1 innings on the season, finished with 11 strikeouts and just four hits versus the Tigers. Senior shortstop Hanna Crowe had an RBI and a run in the contest. Going up against a Burrell squad that is coming off of a 6-0 win over District 10 champion Villa Maria Academy will prove to be more of a challenge. Beaver Area will need its supporting cast to elevate its game if it hopes to punch its ticket to the PIAA semifinals.

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