The baseball and softball state championships are Friday at Penn State. The WPIAL will be a no show for the first time in decades.
The Seneca Valley baseball team and the Greensburg Salem and Neshannock softball teams played in the PIAA semifinals today and all three lost.
*Seneca Valley lost to Conestoga, 3-2, in Class AAAA baseball.
*Greensburg Salem lost to Springfield-Delco, 3-2, in Class AAA softball.
*Neshannock lost to Claysburg-Kimmel, 5-4, in eight innings in Class A softball.
That means there will be no WPIAL baseball or softball teams in the title games for the first time in 35 years. Back in 1979, no WPIAL made it to the title games in Shippensburg. But there were only two classifications back then. Nowadays, there are four.
The first year that the PIAA had both softball and baseball championship games was 1977. The only years the WPIAL didn't have at least one baseball team in the finals was 1979 and 1992. Since 1977, the WPIAL did not have a softball team in the championships 11 times.