One of the more interesting first-round matchups in the WPIAL last week was the meeting between No. 5 Shaler and No. 12 Woodland Hills. Shaler was a perennial power who has played in WPIAL and PIAA championship games in eight years under coach Skip Palmer. Woodland Hills was an up and coming program who had qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
In the end it was the tried and true Titans who prevailed and they did so in convincing fashion. Shaler activated the ten-run mercy rule in an 11-0 six-inning win over Woodland Hills. It was the first time Shaler had activated the mercy rule since April 9.