What to watch for in WPIAL sports for May 10, 2021
Sunday, May 9, 2021 | 10:18 PM
The final week of the WPIAL baseball and softball regular season could use some good weather after a week of washouts pushed some teams to the brink of make-up games.
On a busy day of district baseball, there are two games with section-championship ramifications.
First-place Plum (9-1) will visit second-place Fox Chapel (7-2) in Section 2-5A. If the Mustangs win, they clinch the section title outright. You can watch the game at 4 p.m. on HSSN.
In Section 2-2A, frontrunning Shenango (7-1) will visit second-place Riverside (5-2). Either team can win the section title outright with a sweep Monday and Tuesday. The Panthers also would need to beat Laurel on Wednesday.
There are also two games over the next two days that have a playoff berth or two up for grabs.
In Section 1-4A, Burrell will host Indiana on Monday. They are tied for fourth place with 3-5 section records. The Bucs visit the Little Indians on Tuesday. A sweep and the winner qualifies, however if the teams split, they both qualify for the playoffs.
Three teams are fighting for a fourth playoff spot in Section 2-4A.
Quaker Valley (4-6) visits Ambridge (1-9) on Monday and then hosts the Bridgers on Tuesday.
Central Valley and Beaver are also 4-6. The Warriors visit the Bobcats on Monday, and the teams meet Tuesday at Central Valley.
Quaker Valley owns the tiebreaker if they all end up 5-7.
First place in Section 1-5A softball is up for grabs when Plum (6-1) travels to Armstrong (8-1) on Monday.
The Mustangs defeated the River Hawks earlier this season 9-6. However Plum has a lot of make-up games in a short period of time to win the section outright.
The top four softball teams collide in Section 2-4A.
The last two Class 4A champs meet when Belle Vernon (6-4) visits Elizabeth Forward (9-0), whereas Yough (6-4) hosts West Mifflin (8-1). All four have clinched a playoff spot.
Final 4 serves
The WPIAL boys team tennis playoffs have reached the semifinals.
In Class AAA, No. 5 seed Mt. Lebanon will battle top seed and host Franklin Regional. No. 3 seed Shady Side Academy will visit No. 2 seed Upper St. Clair.
The Class AA final four has top seed Quaker Valley hosting No. 5 seed North Catholic, and No. 3 seed Valley will visit No. 2 seed South Park.
The winners will clash for district gold Wednesday.
Tags: Ambridge, Armstrong, Beaver, Belle Vernon, Burrell, Central Valley, Elizabeth Forward, Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Indiana, Mt. lebanon, North Catholic, Plum, Quaker Valley, Riverside, Shady Side Academy, Shenango, South Park, Upper St. Clair, Valley, West Mifflin, Yough
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