What to watch for in WPIAL sports on May 21, 2021: Class 6A baseball joins the playoff party

Then there was one.

After three days of WPIAL baseball first-round and even quarterfinal games throughout five of the classifications, the Class 6A district baseball tournament begins Friday.

With only nine playoff teams, there is only one first-round game as Section 2-6A rivals Canon-McMillan and Upper St. Clair square off for a third time this season in a game to be played at West Mifflin. You can watch the game on HSSN at 4 p.m.

The first meeting between the teams was a back-and-forth game April 12.

Canon-McMillan scored three runs in the third inning, only to have Upper St. Clair answer with a four-run fourth inning that included a successful suicide squeeze by Tim Speer.

The Big Macs took the lead for good in the home half of the sixth inning when Andrew Kocun, Tyler Greenleaf and Tanner Rosing all singled and scored.

Greenleaf picked up the win in relief for Canon-Mac.

The next evening, Brandon Liokateas threw a five-hit shutout as the Panthers blanked the Big Macs, 5-0.