The Kutztown Area High School Cougars mounted a seventh-inning rally to knock off Pine Grove and advance to the state final yesterday, continuing a superb season for Kutztown baseball.
KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown is no longer just the home of the Pennsylvania-German Folk Festival, birch beer and late pop artist Keith Haring. With a high school team going for the state title and two collegiate-level teams reaching new heights, Kutztown is starting to challenge Reading's self-proclaimed title of "Baseballtown."
Kutztown Area High School (20-7) will play Bald Eagle for the PIAA Class AA state championship Saturday after a dramatic win over Pine Grove in the semi-final round. It was the second-consecutive game where they rallied from behind to advance in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Kutztown University, a solid baseball program for years, finished the regular season 49-5 and for a short time ranked No. 1 in the country in Division II baseball. They later suffered an early exit in the College World Series.
In addition, the Kuztown Rockies of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, an NCAA-sactioned summer league, which claims Craig Biggio, Jamie Moyer and Matt Morris as alumni, finished last season 36-6, the best record in the 40 year history of the league. The Rockies are off to a 4-4 start this season.
– Report by Beerleaguer senior correspondent Martin Smith