Eagles, Blue Devils begin district baseball playoffs

The District 6-AA baseball tournament seedings have been calculated. The two-week District Tournament will begin May 17, with quarterfinal games scheduled for Monday, May 21, and semifinal contests for Thursday, May 24. All games through the semifinals will be played at the home field of the higher seed. The District 6-AA championship game will be played at Blair County Ballpark, home of the Altoona Curve, on Thursday, May 31.
Both local teams are entered in 2007, and both will be doing some traveling.
Tyrone (7-8), the number 14 seed, will travel to Southern Huntingdon (13-2), the number three seed.
Bellwood-Antis (9-9) the number 11 seed, will travel to Mount Union (13-4), the number six seed.
Both games are first round playoff games and will be played on Thursday, May 17 with 4 p.m. starting times.
There are a total of 15 teams in the Double-A tournament. Bald Eagle Area is the top seed, followed by Philipsburg-Osceola, the defending district champ, with the number two seed this year. Following Southern, Blairsville is seeded number four and Central is number five.
Bellwood-Antis split two regular season games with Mount Union. The Blue Devils lost a 13-2 five-inning game, on April 2, at Bellwood, and then defeated the Trojans 11-6 at Mount Union, on April 27.
The Bellwood-Antis/Penns Valley regular season game scheduled for Friday was canceled at Penns Valley’s request. The Rams held their prom last night.
Although both Tyrone and Bellwood-Antis were scheduled to play Southern Huntingdon, neither was able to. The BA/Southern game at Southern Huntingdon, was canceled because of rain on April 25, while Southern made the long journey to Tyrone on May 7, only to find there was only one umpire that showed up due to a scheduling glitch.
The winner of the Tyrone/Southern Huntingdon game will meet the winner of the Bellwood-Antis/Mount Union contest on Monday, May 21 in a quarterfinal round game.
Bald Eagle Area draws the only bye through the first round and will face the winner of the Laurel Valley (8) and Richland (9) first round game on Monday, May 21.
Tyrone has been knocked out of the District Tournament by Richland in each of the last two years. Last year, the Golden Eagles dropped a 7-4 game, in which they committed five errors in a first round game, while in 2005, the Tyrone defeated Westmont-Hilltop 5-2, in the opening round, then fell to Richland, the top seed in the quarterfinals. That contest took two days to complete, when rain stopped the first try after just one inning, forcing the Eagles to travel to Richland again the next day, when Richland rallied to take a come-from-behind 4-3 victory to sideline the Tyrone entry.
Bellwood-Antis, which had won just a total of 10 games the last two seasons, was last in the district tournament in 2004, when Claysburg-Kimmel rallied from a 3-0 B-A lead to smash the Blue Devils 13-3.

District 6-AA
First Round
Tyrone (14) at Southern Huntingdon (3)
Bellwood-Antis (11) at Mount Union (6)
Richland (9) at Laurel Valley (8)
Marion Center (13) at Blairsville (4)
West Branch (12) at Central (5)
Westmont-Hilltop (10) at Cambria Heights (7)
Penns Valley (15) at Philipsburg-Osceola (2)