City teams hope to improve on 0-fer in baseball states

Posted: June 05, 2012

FANS OF District 12 baseball still might be wearing black armbands.

Why? One year ago this Wednesday, six D-12 teams played first-round games in PIAA state tournaments over four classifications and . . . well, everyone struck out.

Though two games were close, the overall score was 44-10 and frustration intensified over Greater Philly’s inability to make a baseball dent.

The Public League began competing in state playoffs in the 2004-05 school year and the Catholic League signed up for 2008-09. No teams have played in championship games and just three – Central in ’06; St. Joseph’s Prep and Ss. Neumann-Goretti in ’09 – have advanced as far as the semifinals.

By contrast, D-12 boasts 11 basketball state championships, including three apiece these last two winters, and three more in football.

The 2012 baseball tourneys start Monday, with the top attraction a doubleheader at Temple’s Skip Wilson Field, on the Ambler Campus, involving D-12’s No. 1 AAAA seed (La Salle) at 1 p.m. and AAA’s top dog (N-G) at 4. 

– Ted Silary


MONDAY, JUNE 4

FIRST ROUND

CLASS AAAA

Upper Dublin (1-4) vs. La Salle (12-1), at Temple’s Ambler Campus, 1

Frankford (12-2) vs. Council Rock South (1-2), at Spring-Ford High, in Royersford, 3

CLASS AAA

Twin Valley (3-2) vs. Ss. Neumann-Goretti (12-1), at Temple’s Ambler Campus, 4

Phila. Elec. (12-2) vs. Lampeter Strasburg (3-1), at War Memorial Stadium, in Ephrata, 6:30

CLASS AA

Esperanza (12-1) vs. Brandywine Heights (3-1), at Muhlenberg High, in Reading, 4:30

CLASS A

GAMP (12-1) vs. Calvary Christian (1-1), at Great Valley High, in Malvern, 4

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