The West York Bulldogs will return to Altoona on Thursday for its PIAA Class AAA state quarterfinal baseball game.
The Bulldogs (21-4), the third-place team from District 3, will take on District 7 runner-up Belle Vernon (19-5) at 4 p.m. at Mansion Park Stadium in Altoona.
West York already has one win in Altoona under its belt in the state playoffs. The Bulldogs beat District 6 champion Hollidaysburg in a first-round state game on Monday at Peoples Natural Gas Field in Altoona, 10-0. That game was shortened to five innings because of the 10-run rule.
Belle Vernon advanced to the quarterfinals with an 11-7 triumph over District 9 champion Punxsutawney on Monday.
Belle Vernon's win over Punxsutawney was marred by a bench-clearing melee, according to a report in the Valley Independent newspaper. The melee reportedly started after a Punxsutawney batter was nearly hit by a pitch. That came just two pitches after Punxsutawney hit a grand slam to cut Belle Vernon's lead to 8-7.
After order was restored, Belle Vernon's starting catcher, Parker Lynn, was ejected, as was the team's head coach and two assistants. Because of their ejections, Lynn, the head coach and the two assistants will be ineligible for the game vs. West York.
Altoona is about 150 miles from West York and about 100 miles from Belle Vernon.