Boyertownâ  s Brandon Griesemer will be the likely starter when the Bears meet PAC-10 rival Methacton in the District 1-AAAA baseball championship game
Boyertownâ s Brandon Griesemer will be the likely starter when the Bears meet PAC-10 rival Methacton in the District 1-AAAA baseball championship game Friday at Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth. (John Strickler/The Mercury)

Over the past couple of weeks, the District 1 Baseball Tournament wound up turning into a coming-out party for the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

Friday, the PAC-10's memorable May will culminate as Boyertown and Methacton square off for the District 1-AAAA championship at Villanova Ballpark at Plymouth at 4 p.m.

It will be the fourth meeting of the season between the North No. 2 seed Bears (20-4) and North No. 7 seed and league champion Warriors (20-6).

Methacton won the initial meeting 3-2, Boyertown rallied for a 9-7 win in the second encounter and the Warriors edged the Bears 3-2 in the PAC-10 semifinals.

Boyertown, which is making its first district championship appearance since 1995 (when the Bears won the 3-AAA title), has ridden the lights-out pitching of senior left-handers Tyler Bauman and Brandon Griesemer — who haven't allowed a run in 19 tournament innings.

Bauman tossed a one-hitter in a 3-0 second-round win over Radnor and fired a five-inning no-hitter in Tuesday's 6-0 semifinal victory over league rival Spring-Ford. Griesemer, today's likely starter, threw a four-hitter in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Pennridge last week.

Boyertown last won a District 1 title in 1986, beating Council Rock 2-1 in the final.


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The Warriors, who are making their first district final appearance, rallied to beat Conestoga 6-4 in Thursday's semifinal in a game that was initially suspended Tuesday (with Methacton down 3-1 in the fifth) and washed out Wednesday.

Methacton opened districts with a 10-3 victory over Penncrest, then defeated Garnet Valley 12-5 in the second round and topped Council Rock South 4-1 in the quarters.

The last time two PAC-10 teams met in a district final was 1988, when Spring-Ford beat Upper Perkiomen for the 1-AAA crown.

With Pope John Paul II defeating Harriton 3-2 in the 1-AAA final Thursday, the league will bring home multiple District 1 titles for the first time since 2001 — when Spring-Ford won the 1-AAA title and Phoenixville took the 1-AA crown.

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