For Charleroi, EF: Just win
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After two months, a lot of pitches, a lot of runs and a whole lot of rain, it has come down to this for Charleroi Area and Elizabeth Forward: Win and you're in the WPIAL baseball playoffs.
The Cougars and Warriors can both finish tied for third in their respective sections with victories today, even though both face different tasks.
For Charleroi (9-7, 8-5), the Cougars must go to Brownsville today (4:15 p.m.) to finish a game with the Falcons (12-5, 10-3) in which Charleroi already has itself in a 3-0 hole in the top of the third inning.
If Charleroi comes back to win the game, the Cougars would be tied with Chartiers-Houston for third place and qualify for the AA playoffs.
With a win, the Cougars would reach the baseball playoffs for the first time since 2008.
EF (10-7, 6-5), meanwhile, needs to beat last-place Ringgold (3-10, 0-10) in a Section 4-AAA contest at .Ringgold (4 p.m.).
That would force a tie with South Park for third place and put both teams in the AAA playoffs.
Rain, rain go away
If you think the weather has caused headaches for area coach, try asking WPIAL Executive Director Tim O'Malley what he thinks.
The WPIAL softball committee is to meet today to try and put together the softball brackets and the baseball committee will do the same Friday for baseball.
However, with several section games still to be played, O'Malley said the brackets will have some “either-or” scenarios to them.
“Some teams haven't qualified yet and haven't played out their schedule,” O'Malley said. “Right now, we are planning for the playoffs to start next week. Will it be Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday? I can't tell you that. Teams still have section games to play. We will release the brackets when everything is done.
“They have until Saturday to do so. Let's hope the weather cooperates.”
As for how he feels about the inclement weather that has plagued the spring sports?
“It's like this every year, it seems,” O'Malley said. “It is what it is, I guess.”
Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or email@example.com.
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