By Mike White
Three WPIAL baseball championships were postponed Wednesday and moved to today because of the threat of rain and storms.
All three title games will be played at Consol Energy Park in Washington. The Class A game between California and Carmichaels was suspended Tuesday night in the top of the fourth inning with the score tied, 1-1. It will be resumed at 3:30 p.m. today.
The Class AAAA championship between Seneca Valley and Baldwin will be played at 5:30 p.m., and followed at 8 p.m. by the Class AAA final between Blackhawk and West Allegheny.
The postponement does not change the pitching situation for Carmichaels and California. Carmichaels ace Brandon Lawless pitched Tuesday into the top of the fourth, so he needs two days of rest under PIAA rules and can’t pitch today. But Josh Luko, California’s No. 1 pitcher, worked only three innings Tuesday and can pitch today.
But the postponements Wednesday might have an effect on how coaches use their pitchers for the PIAA playoffs. The PIAA tournaments start Monday. Under PIAA pitching rules, any pitcher who works six or more innings today needs three days of rest before he pitches again. But it would be unlikely any team would bring back a pitcher on three days of rest for the first round of the PIAA playoffs.
The quarterfinals of the PIAA playoffs are next Thursday.
The WPIAL also postponed a few consolation games in baseball and softball from Wednesday to today.
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First Published May 28, 2014 11:30 AM