Fourth annual Dean Patterson Curve Classic opens today

Tyrone plays BG at 1 p.m. on Friday
ALTOONA — The fourth annual Dean Patterson Curve Classic will take place beginning this Thursday, bringing some of the region’s best high school baseball teams to Blair County Ballpark in Altoona.
The area’s premiere high school baseball tournament includes an eight-team field that features two of the previous three DPCC champions. Defending champion Hollidaysburg and 2003 winner Altoona will be joined by Bishop Guilfoyle, Central (Martinsburg), Central Mountain, Forest Hills, Lewistown and Tyrone.
Tyrone is in the Classic for the second straight year and will open against Bishop Guilfoyle at 1 p.m. on Friday. The Golden Eagles also opened the 2005 tournament against BG. Clint Wilson dominated the Marauders, allowing just three runners to get as far as second base in a 6-1 victory. The Tyrone southpaw allowed just a solo home run to Tom Gibbons, and Brice Mertiff, Derrick Soellner and Josh Clark had two hits each to lead the Eagle attack. Tyrone then dropped a twice rain-delayed semifinal contest to eventual Classic champion Hollidaysburg 10-0 in five innings.
The Dean Patterson Curve Classic will be played over four consecutive days with all quarterfinal, semifinal and championship round action being contested at Blair County Ballpark.
For the first time, the tournament will include a consolation round, guaranteeing that each participating school will play at least two games in the tournament
Quarterfinal match-ups will be held on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 with the winners advancing to the semifinal round on Saturday, April 29. Consolation games will take place before the semifinals, beginning at 10:00 AM. The champion of the 2006 DPCC will be crowned on Sunday, April 30 at 1:00 PM. The complete tournament schedule is listed below:
(Quarterfinal A) Central vs. Forest Hills, 1 PM
(Quarterfinal B) Lewistown vs. Hollidaysburg, 4 PM
(Quarterfinal C) Tyrone vs. Bishop Guilfoyle, 1 PM
(Quarterfinal D) Altoona vs. Central Mountain, 4 PM
(Consolation) Quarterfinal A Loser vs. Quarterfinal B Loser, 10 AM
Consolation) Quarterfinal C Loser vs. Quarterfinal D Loser, 12:30 PM
Semifinal) Quarterfinal A Winner vs. Quarterfinal B Winner, 3 PM
(Semifinal) Quarterfinal C Winner vs. Quarterfinal D Winner, 5:30 PM
Championship Game, 1 PM
Dean Patterson Chevrolet returns as the title sponsor of the Curve Classic, continuing its tremendous support of youth athletics in the region. In addition to the Dean Patterson Curve Classic, the dealership has the title sponsorship of the Dean Patterson Little League World Series, the Dean Patterson Great Chevy Shootout and the Dean Patterson Little Stanley Cup.
“The Dean Patterson Curve Classic is always one of the highlights of the year for us,” said Curve General Manager Todd Parnell. “It’s wonderful to watch kids and their families make lifetime memories at Blair County Ballpark. We’re also thrilled that Dean Patterson continues its support of amateur athletics and its sponsorship of this great event.”
“Dean Patterson Chevrolet has been helping to enhance the positives of youth in the area since 1979. It’s not a surprise to me that this event, The Curve Classic, has been so warmly received.” said Dean Patterson, owner of Dean Patterson Chevrolet. “Our goal has been to accentuate the strengths of youth and to devalue the bad in our community. It is for that reason that Dean Patterson has been such a strong supporter of local youth for 25 plus years. Enjoy this year’s tournament and congratulations to all of the participants, and their families for raising such fine young adults. And a big thanks to the Altoona Curve Staff!”