Get to know baseball standout: Kevin Kogler

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Aidan Gorman

Kevin Kogler rounds the bases in the Hawks game vs. USC on April 10, 2019.

Ryan Meis, Sports Editor, Deputy Video Editor

Bethel Park baseball will not happen in 2020.

Bob Purkey, Jr. Memorial Field will have to be caged in for a little while longer.

The bleachers atop the hill will be just as lonely.

“This Town” by O.A.R. won’t be heard as the boys from Bethel take the field for pregame.

And star third-baseman Kevin Kogler won’t get a final chance to play in front of family and friends with the word “Hawks” across his chest.

Kevin’s career started a long time ago, on the other side of the diamond.

The 4-year starter at the hot corner excelled at first base in his little league and travel ball years before making the transition over to the left side of the infield during his eighth-grade year playing for the freshman team.

“It was a big difference, but I was fortunate to have played a lot of different positions during little league under Coach John Morrison that I had a feel for it,” said Kogler.

He doesn’t slack at the plate either.

Since coming into the program as a freshman, teams have had to pitch carefully around number 5 from BP, as his skill and consistency at the plate has made him a tough out for anybody who has had to face him.

As a junior, “Kogs” hit a cool .391 and also hit one home run that is probably yet to come down from the sky.

This upcoming season has been something that Kogler and his teammates have been thinking about for years, as it was one final chance to bring another championship to decorated Bethel Park baseball program.

“We had high goals of winning the WPIAL and making a run and the state title. We were all focused.”

 

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