As the WPIAL baseball playoffs reaches its semifinal stage today, three South area teams are still alive. Two of them – South Park and Keystone Oaks – meet in a Class AAA game, while Serra Catholic faces Western Beaver in Class A. Here’s a closer look at the two matchups.
South Park (22-0) vs. Keystone Oaks (17-4) at Boyce-Mayview Complex, Upper St. Clair, 4 p.m.: The WPIAL’s lone remaining undefeated team looks to reach the championship game by defeating a red-hot Keystone Oaks team that has won six games in a row, allowing a total of eight runs in that span. No. 1 South Park beat Yough, 10-0, in the first round, and Thomas Jefferson, 6-0, in the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinal victory, the long ball was South Park’s friend, with Randy Dobnak hitting a three-run homer and Greg Pantuso adding a two-run shot. Keystone Oaks, the No. 5 seed, defeated Elizabeth Forward, 10-0, in the first round, and Chartiers Valley, 4-3, in the quarterfinals. Against Chartiers Valley, Ryan Rosato’s two-run single keyed a four-run fourth inning for Keystone Oaks, which won the rubber match with its Section 3 rival.