Corry’s baseball team has put its best foot forward all season.
Now, the newly-crowned District 10 Class AAA champs will meet Elizabeth Forward in the PIAA playoffs.
Corry also will have a home-field advantage.
Instead of playing at Slippery Rock University, the Beavers (17-3) will meet the Warriors (19-5) on Monday at Jerry Uht Park in Erie.
The time has not been determined, and it’s quite possible that Class A champ Mercyhurst Prep will be part of a doubleheader that day.
“We have the team to do it, we just need to go out and do it,” said CAHS coach Mike Daniels at last night’s postseason picnic at the VFW. “We only need four more wins to be state champions.
“A state championship is not unattainable as long as we believe,” he said. “We’ve busted through that first wall.”
He noted that this is the first-ever D-10 title fro Corry, and the first region crown.
“We have our first and second wins over Cathedral Prep,” he noted. “And we have our most ever wins in the playoffs — three.”
Daniels is pleased with the site of the game.
“Jerry Uht is like playing in our own back yard,” he stated. “We’ve played there before (and won), and they haven’t.”
Elizabeth Forward won a shoot-out over Mount Pleasant 11-8 on Tuesday for third place in District 7. E-F trailed 8-7 in the sixth when it parlayed two triples and two doubles into four runs an a victory.
Elizabeth Forward also is entering the PIAA playoffs for the first time.
In the D-7 championship game, Hopewell (20-1) won the title 2-1 over Moon. Both teams qualified for the Class AAA playoffs.
Looking ahead, Monday’s winners advance to the state quarterfinals on Thursday, June 10. The semifinals are Monday, June 14, and the state championship game Friday, June 18 at 6 p.m. at Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.