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Where will state baseball be played after this year?

Written by Mike White on .

By Mike White | Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 6:15 p.m.

Items that fell off my laptop

* Where will the PIAA baseball championships be next year?

That question won't be answered until July, but there is a possiblity the games could be on the move.

The PIAA has been staging the four title games at Altoona's Blair County Ballpark. Great venue. It's the home of the Pirates' Class AA minor-league team. But the contract with Blair County is up after this year and one of the places that reportedly wants to play host to the PIAA games is Penn State. The games would be played at Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, which opened in 2007. Besides being the home to Penn State's baseball team, it also is the home of the State College Spikes minor-league team.

It's a small stadium than Blair County, which might be good for the PIAA. Attendance at Blair County was abyssmal for last year's title games. The four games drew a total of 1,500.

Penn State also is building a new softball field. The PIAA might like having both softball and baseball at the same place. Currently, softball is played at Shippensburg University.

We'll see. The PIAA won't make a decision on this until its July meetings.

* How's this for coincidence? On the day Neil Walker gets called up to the Pirates (yesterday), Pine-Richland wins a WPIAL baseball semifinal to earn a spot in the title game. Walker, pictured to the left in high school, led Pine-Richland to its first WPIAL title during his senior year.

* I've always been a big fan of Rick Reilly's writing. He has a good piece on ESPN.com, showing that sportsmanship in high school sports really isn't dead.

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