Baseball team innovates during COVID-19 pandemic


Aidan Gorman

Eric Chalus, Jr. takes the mound during the Hawks’ game vs. Pine Richland on March 27, 2019.

Josh Peters, Staff Writer

This fall, Bethel Park’s baseball program faced some uncertainties in preparation for the spring season. The big question on everyone’s mind is are we going to play?

In the meantime, Head Coach Patrick Zehnder and his assistants created a happy-medium plan for the players and families. This fall season has been a college-style, in-house season with practices and scrimmages on Bob Purkey, Jr. Field.

While sacrificing the ability to compete against other schools, this ensures the safety of players, coaches, and their families. Every Saturday, members of the JV and varsity rosters combine to form two teams of about 12 players to compete against each other. JV practices Wednesday/Friday and varsity practices Tuesday/Thursday.

In a season following the loss of the highly touted 2020 class and their 11 seniors, Bethel Park has a lot to improve on. Senior pitchers Eric Chalus, Jr. (Kent St. Commit) and Josh Peters look to lead the way with the support of junior middle infielders David Kessler and Bo Conrad.