The tournament begins Monday with the first round for several of the classifications. Expect a long postseason through the PIAA tournament with several of the top Sentinel-area teams loaded with Division I talent and ready for championship runs.
Here’s a quick look at each bracket with local teams and a player to make sure you see over the next few weeks:
Local matchups: No. 9 Central Dauphin (12-8) at No. 8 Cumberland Valley (12-7), 4:30 p.m.
Watch list: The Eagles don’t necessarily dominate in any one aspect, but pitcher Hayden Fry (6-0, 3.15 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) will be especially crucial in the first round. The staff ace has thrown 46.2 innings with 31 strikeouts and 15 walks. CV doesn’t strike out many batters, but they pitch to contact and rely on defense.
Local matchups: No. 11 Northern (15-5) at No. 6 Manheim Central (18-2), 4:30 p.m.; No. 10 Mechanicsburg (14-6) at No. 7 Solanco (15-5), 4:30 p.m.; No. 13 Exeter Township (12-7) at No. 4 Cedar Cliff (17-3), 4:30 p.m.; No. 1 Red Land (19-2) has bye (face Lower Dauphin-Ephrata winner)
Watch list: Without a doubt, Red Land’s Luke Wagner has been one of the Mid-Penn’s best players. He just spun a complete-game gem to win the conference title Wednesday night, leaving him 7-1 with a 1.30 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 82 K’s in 48.2 innings. The Patriots’ leadoff man is also batting .377 with 26 runs, 12 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Local matchups: No. 9 Eastern York (12-7) at No. 8 West Perry (13-7), 4:30 p.m.; No. 1 East Pennsboro (19-2) has bye
Watch list: The Panthers get the winner of that 8-9 matchup, meaning senior Nick Embleton could get a second chance against the Mustangs after one of his worst pitching performances of an otherwise dominant year. Embleton wants to lead this team back to the state semis like in 2017. He is 6-0 with a 1.51 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 63 strikeouts in 37 innings. He’s also one of the Mid-Penn’s best at the plate, with a .591 average, 36 runs, 32 RBIs, four homers and 12 stolen bases.
Local matchups: No. 4 York Catholic (12-6) at No. 1 Camp Hill (15-5), at Northern HS, 6 p.m.
Watch list: The Lions’ Luke Goodyear has not had a great season at the plate (.266, 15 runs, 8 RBIs), but this is still the same player who was critically important in last year’s jaunt to the PIAA Class 2A title game and is the staff ace this year (4-2 record, 1.50 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 69 K’s, 42 IP).