Drawing PIAA blanks in baseball, softball

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For the first time in 35 years, WPIAL baseball and softball teams have been shut out of the PIAA championships.

The Seneca Valley baseball team and the Neshannock and Greensburg Salem softball teams had made it to the semifinals, but all three lost Monday, and there will be no WPIAL teams at Penn State for the championship games Friday.

The PIAA started staging championship games in baseball and softball in 1977. Since then, the only year the WPIAL didn’t have at least one team in a title game in either sport was 1979. But there were only two classifications. Today, there are four.

In baseball, the only years the WPIAL hasn’t had at least one team in a final were 1979 and 1992. The WPIAL has been shut out of softball championships 11 times since 1977. 

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