Thursday, May 10, 2012

WPIAL softball playoffs

Seeding the postseason can never be easy, and this year, WPIAL Class AAAA softball was muddled at and near the top. Basically, every team in the top five had quality wins and a head-scratching loss or two.

Makes it tough to seed.

Saying such, it seemed a bit unusual seeing Peters Township with a first-round bye and Canon-McMillan playing a first-round game. Not saying the Indians aren't worthy of the bye, they had a fantastic regular season. So did Canon-McMillan, and the Big Macs shut out Peters Township the last time the two played.

Here are the matchups involving local teams (for complete postseason pairings, click here):

Class AAAA
No. 3 Peters Township, bye
No. 5 Canon-McMillan vs. No. 12 McKeesport, Tuesday at California University, 4 p.m.

Class AAA
No. 6 McGuffey vs. No. 11 Thomas Jefferson, Wednesday at California University, 2 p.m.

Class AA
No. 5 Burgettstown vs. No. 12 Mohawk, Wednesday at North Allegheny, 4 p.m.
No. 14 Waynesburg vs. No. 3 Mt. Pleasant, Wednesday at California University, 4 p.m.
No. 15 South Fayette vs. No. 2 Seton-La Salle, Monday at Baldwin, 2 p.m.

Class A
(Preliminary round)
No. 16 California vs. No. 17 Riveview, Tuesday at Hempfield, 2 p.m.
(First round)
No. 1 Chartiers-Houston vs. California-Riverview winner, Thursday at California University, 2 p.m.
No. 3 Carmichaels vs. No. 14 Serra Catholic, Tuesday at California University, 2 p.m.
No. 9 Jefferson-Morgan vs. No. 8 Elderton, Tuesday at Gateway, 2 p.m.
No. 13 West Greene vs. No. 4 South Side Beaver, Tuesday at Burgettstown, 2 p.m.
No. 15 Avella vs. No. 2 Sto-Rox, Tuesday at Fairhaven Park, 2 p.m.

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