Dallastown vs. Pennsbury: A guide to the PIAA Class 6-A state baseball championship game


What: PIAA Class 6-A state baseball championship game.

Who: Dallastown (23-4) vs. Pennsbury (21-6).

The Dallastown Wildcats celebrate after winning a PIAA Class 6-A baseball semifinal over State College on Monday, 6-1. The Wildcats hope to celebrate again Friday after their state championship battle vs. Pennsbury at Penn State. John A. Pavoncello photo

Where: Penn State's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

When: 3:30 p.m. Friday. (It's the third game of a PIAA baseball triple-header).

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Weather Forecast: 80 degrees, 25 percent chance of rain at 3:30 p.m. There are thunderstorms expected overnight and a 50-60 percent chance of thunderstorms from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. With two games scheduled before the Dallastown game, a delay is possible.

Tickets: $8 for adults, $4 for students.

They said: "We're incredibly talented, but the most important thing is that these kids have bought into what we try to do as a team." — Pennsbury coach Joe Pesci, as reported by Rick O'Brien of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"We're gonna get ready to win a state championship. That's it." — Dallastown senior second baseman Joe Capobianco following Monday's semifinal win.

Ways to watch: Stream the game online at http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/tournament/pennsylvania-spring-championships/baseball-pa.

Dallastown's Joe Capobiano makes a leaping throw during the Wildcats' PIAA quarterfinal victory over St. Joseph's Prep. Capobianco is one of the Wildcats' leading hitters. Capobianco was named the Division I Player of the Year by Y-A League coaches this season. John A. Pavoncello photo

Probable starters: Dallastown: Alex Weakland, sophomore (8-0, 0.99 ERA). Pennsbury: Ryan McCarty, senior (pitched a five-hit shutout in a state quarterfinal game).

Players to watch: Dallastown: Tye Golden, senior, shortstop (.304 avg., 33 runs, nine doubles); Nick Parker, junior, third baseman (.370 avg., eight RBIs); Bryant Holtzapple, senior, catcher (.325 avg., 22 RBIs); Joe Capobianco, senior, second baseman (.368 avg., 25 RBIs, 20 runs); Peter Capobianco, freshman, right field (.344 avg., 19 RBIs). 

Pennsbury: Ryan McCarty, senior, pitcher/second baseman (..378 avg.); Justin Massielo, sophomore, infielder (.389 avg.); Billy Bethel, senior, pitcher/infielder (.350 avg.); Nick Price, senior, utility (.333 avg.). 

(Stats courtesy of MaxPreps.com).

What's at stake: Dallastown is looking to become the second team in Dallastown history to win a state title. The other is the 2004 boys' tennis team. ... The Wildcats are also looking to become the first York-Adams League school to win a state baseball title at the highest classification offered by the PIAA. ... Pennsbury has never won a state baseball championship.

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