The Canton Warriors start things off Friday morning against District 9 champion Johnsonburg. Securing their first district baseball title in school history a few weeks ago Canton now goes for their first baseball state title. The softball team at Canton won a state title in 2000.
"We scraped as a team like we have all year getting 1st inning 1-2-3 with two strikeouts then three strikeouts for all three outs, but we stuck together no one got their heads down and my teammate Chase Pepper pitched a heck of a game like he's done all year and we're going to the finals," said Garrett Wesneski.
In "AA" Loyalsock and Beaver clash at 3:30pm. The Lancers beat Salisbury with their bats scoring eight runs on Tuesday. It could be a pitchers duel. The Beaver staff yet to allow a run in the state playoffs.
"Baseball is a funny game. You can win 6 out of the 7 innings-you come out in one inning and give up 4,5,6,7 runs you can lose the game. We preach to our kids all the time to win the inning. You win every single inning you're going to take care of business and you're going to get it done. You can't lose if you win every inning," said Jeremy Eck.
In "A" softball Williams Valley-the District 11 champion faces Neshannock out of District 7. The Vikings hit parade Tuesday finished off by Kyrsten Miller. It might be her time to shine again.
"Oh! It's great! Especially as a sophomore we've never made it here before. It was great! The inning was a little shaky-bases loaded, but we came thru like we always do," said Kyrsten Miller
Of the 4 local teams remaining in the state championship games Friday at Penn State this Valley View softball team might have the most experience returning with 7 starters back from a team that played in the state championship game a year ago.
"It's an amazing opportunity this year we're just really working hard at finishing and we're working really hard to have a different outcome this year," said Emma Thompson.
"Having a second chance at what we had last year is great, but we're hoping to come home with a much better different result this year. We want the gold," said Anna McElroy.
"With all the things that have gone on throughout the state playoffs are kids have stayed the course, and have stayed perfect and they showed how resilient they are," said EJ Weston.