And then there were five.
After half of the Sentinel Area District baseball qualifiers pulled out of the District 3 playoffs on Monday, five local teams remained. Thursday’s slate includes a Class 2A title tilt for Camp Hill, as well as playoff openers for East Pennsboro (Class 4A) and Cumberland Valley (Class 6A).
Here is an overview of the local matches:
District 3 Baseball: Wenrich outburst, sixth 7-run run, Central Dauphin past Carlisle in first round 6A
No. 6 Red Lion (17-4) at No. 3 Cumberland Valley (14-5)
Place and time: Thursday, Cumberland Valley Secondary School, 4:30 p.m.
And after?: The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Warwick against No. 7 Central Dauphin in Tuesday’s semi-final.
Remarks: The Eagles begin their district schedule Thursday in the quarterfinals after earning a first-round bye. Cumberland Valley have won four of their last five games and started their 2022 campaign with a 6-0 start. Jason Madrak and Logan Sauve headline the CV roster — Madrak is a perfect 7-0 on the pitching mound while Sauve, a West Virginia University commitment, bats over of 0.400 this spring.
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The Lions escaped No. 11 Penn Manor in Monday’s first round with a 2-1 win. Red Lion features a healthy mix of experience and youth on their roster card, as senior Landen Garee leads the team with a .462 batting average while second AJ Lipscomb has shot an ERA of 1 ,34. The Lions are currently on a six-game winning streak and have won 12 of their last 13 games.
District 3 Baseball: Jason Long hits the home run for LS in a 3-2 Class 5A win at Mechanicsburg
Class 5A Quarterfinals
No. 7 Red Land (13-8) at No. 2 Manheim Central (18-2)
Place and time: Thursday, Manheim Central Middle School (261 White Oak Road, Manheim, 17545), 4:30 p.m.
And after?: The winner will face No. 14 Lampeter-Strasburg or No. 6 Susquehannock in the semi-finals. The loser falls in the consolation semi-final.
Remarks: The Patriots qualified for Thursday’s quarterfinals with a 7-6 win over No. 10 Southwest on Monday. Cooper Artley provided the victory with a sacrificial fly late in the seventh inning. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s state semi-finals where Red Land shut out the Barons 8-0.
The Barons were tested in the first round on Monday, surviving a scare from No.15 New Oxford with a 2-1 victory. Manheim Central’s success this season has been led by pitchers, particularly starters Connor Rohrer and Jared Murray. The Barons closed out their regular season with a 2-1 loss to Manheim Township in the Lancaster-Lebanon League playoffs but went on an 11-game winning streak before the setback.
District 3 Baseball: Middletown holds off Big Spring in Opener 4A
Class 4A quarter-finals
No. 7 Middletown (13-8) at No. 2 East Pennsboro (14-4)
Place and time: Thursday, East Pennsboro High School. 4:30 p.m.
And after?: Winner of No. 3 Susquehanna Township against No. 6 Eastern York in the semi-finals
Remarks: The Panthers kick off their playoffs Thursday after a first-round bye. East Pennsboro ended its regular season on a high, winning nine of its last 10 contests. Isaac Gilbert sets the tone in the batter’s box for the Panthers — currently batting .500 — while Nick Kirkessner is Enola’s ace with a 2.84 ERA and 41 strikeouts this spring.
The Blue Raiders earned their first playoff win since 2015 with an 8-4 win over No. 10 Big Spring Monday. Middletown and East Pennsboro, both representatives of the Mid-Penn Capital Division, met twice during the regular season. The Panthers emerged victorious in both meetings with 10-0 and 3-2 wins.
District 3 Baseball: Camp Hill advances to Class 2A championship game, Trinity to Semifinal 3A
Class 3A Semi-Finals
No. 3 Trinity (13-8) at No. 2 Oley Valley (13-8)
Place and time: Thursday, Oley Valley High School (17 Jefferson Street, Oley, 19547), 2 p.m.
And after?: Winner of No. 1 Lancaster Catholic against No. 4 Berks Catholic in the Championship
Remarks: The Shamrocks retired with a five-run sixth inning Monday to edge No. 6 Annville-Cleona 5-0. Trinity stayed hot with the win, extending her winning ways to five straight wins. A win on Thursday would send the ‘Rocks to their second straight district title game, a game they gave up in a 5-1 decision over Oley Valley last year.
The Lynx caught fire at the right time and managed six wins in their last eight outings. Oley Valley received a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed. Joey Vaccaro is the Lynx’ stick of choice with a .344 ERA, and Luke Macdonald had an impeccable .72 ERA in 11 appearances.
Class 2A Championship
No. 2 Delone Catholic (15-4) vs. No. 1 Camp Hill (17-4)
Place and time: Thursday, Starry Athletic Fields Complex at Messiah University, 4:30 p.m.
Remarks: The Lions are aiming to maintain their district title from last spring, where they handled Newport to a 9-1 affair. A win on Thursday would mark Camp Hill’s seventh district championship. The Lions were nearly upset in Monday’s semi-finals as No. 4 Kutztown took the defending champions nine sets in a 2-1 loss.
The Squires are no strangers to the district championship setting, making their seventh appearance as a program. However, in the previous six visits, Delone has picked up only one victory, a crown in 2013 against Kutztown. Unlike the Lions, the Squires wasted no time in securing their ticket to Monday’s title fight, ousting the No. 6 Upper Dauphin in five innings with a 10-0 shutout.
Christian Eby is a sports reporter for The Sentinel and cumberlink.com. You can contact him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at: @eby_sports