“Embracing the Dark Side: Preparations and Primetime Events for the 2024 Solar Eclipse in Western Pennsylvania”

As Pink Floyd’s iconic lyrics echo through the air, our region braces for the impending “Dark Side of the Moon” phenomenon slated for Monday afternoon.

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The highly anticipated Dark Side solar eclipse, a rare occurrence in Western Pennsylvania scheduled between 2 and 4:30 p.m., has prompted adjustments for district baseball and softball teams. Concerns over the risk of eye damage from viewing the eclipse without proper eyewear have led schools to postpone start times or reschedule events altogether.

One notable change involves a baseball section series originally planned for Monday afternoon. Connellsville was set to host Upper St. Clair, followed by a visit to Upper St. Clair on Tuesday night. However, to avoid the eclipse’s peak hours, the Monday game has been moved to the evening, with USC now hosting Connellsville at 7 p.m., and the rematch scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Fayette County.

Viewers can catch the Monday game on Trib HSSN, with the softball teams of both schools also slated to play at the same venue at 7 p.m., marking the Section 4-5A opener for both Connellsville and Upper St. Clair.

Beyond the Dark Side eclipse, several primetime events are worth noting on Monday. In WPIAL softball action, Ellwood City and Mohawk, two top teams in Section 2-3A, face off in their section opener, with Ellwood City boasting a perfect 5-0 record and Mohawk standing at 4-1. Similarly, Serra Catholic takes on Brentwood in a Section 2-2A softball opener, with both teams looking to gain an early edge in the standings.

Baseball fans have plenty to look forward to as well, with several evening matchups on the schedule. Notable games include Butler versus North Allegheny in Section 1-6A, Penn-Trafford at Plum, and Trinity hosting Peters Township in Section 2-5A action. Additionally, Ringgold visits Latrobe and Belle Vernon welcomes Uniontown in Section 2-4A clashes, with the latter available for viewing on Trib HSSN.

Local events also include Frazier squaring off against Washington in Section 1-2A at Wild Things Park at 7 p.m. As the region anticipates this celestial spectacle and exciting sports matchups, Monday promises to be a day filled with both awe-inspiring moments and thrilling competition.

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