Council Rock North, Marple Newtown, Pennridge, and West Chester East are among the top seeds in the 24-team PIAA District 1 Class AAAA baseball tournament.

The top four seeds in the North (No. 1 C.R. North, No. 2 Pennridge, No. 3 Spring-Ford, and No. 4 Council Rock South) and South (No. 1 Marple Newtown, No. 2 W.C. East, No. 3 Conestoga, and No. 4 West Chester Henderson) received opening-round byes.

In Class AAA, Holy Ghost Prep earned the No. 1 seed in an eight-team tourney. In Class AA, with only two teams participating, Devon Prep will meet Springfield (Montgomery County) May 27 for the right to play the Catholic League representative.

Finally, in Class A, defending titlist Christopher Dock heads a seven-team field. The Pioneers have a first-round bye.

Here are the first-round pairings:

Class AAAA

May 23

Central Bucks East (N-9) at West Chester Rustin (S-8); Penncrest (S-12) at Owen J. Roberts (N-5); Garnet Valley (S-10) at Harry S Truman (N-7); Plymouth Whitemarsh (N-11) at Interboro (S-6); Kennett (S-9) at North Penn (N-8); Central Bucks South (N-12) at Downingtown East (S-5); Methacton (N-10) at Strath Haven (S-7); Great Valley (S-11) at Boyertown (N-6).

Class AAA

May 24

No. 8 Phoenixville at No. 1 Holy Ghost Prep; No. 5 Lower Moreland at No. 4 Pope John Paul II; No. 7 Upper Merion at No. 2 Upper Moreland; No. 6 Octorara at No. 3 Chichester.

Class A

May 26

No. 5 Calvary Christian at No. 4 Friends Select; No. 7 Jenkintown at No. 2 Bristol; No. 6 Delco Christian at No. 3 Morrisville.

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