Bethel baseball sweeps Trinity in first section series


Paul Studt

Eric Chalus, Jr. pitches against Canon Mac on April 15, 2019 at Purkey Field.

Josh Peters, Staff Writer

Prior to the Hawks’ section play, they beat Canon McMillan and Moon Township to start the season 2-0. The Hawks won 7-3 over Canon Mac with Eric Chalus pitching five strong innings for the win. The Hawks also went on to edge Moon 9-7. Holewinski got his first varsity win, going four innings and allowing one hit.

Onto section play, the Hawks were challenged with facing the senior-heavy Trinity Hillers. Trinity was 2-1 with wins over Moon and Central Catholic prior to the series with Bethel.

On Tuesday, April 6, the Hawks and Hillers had their first matchup. Early on, it was a pitching duel between Bethel Park’s Eric Chalus (Sr.) and Trinity’s Forest Havannis (Sr.). The Hawks got on the board in the 3rd on a passed ball to take the lead 1-0. The game would continue to be 1-0 before a bases-clearing double from Ray Altmeyer to further the lead to 4-0 in the 6th. The Hawks would go on to beat Trinity 4-0 in the home opener. Eric Chalus threw six scoreless innings with 1o strikeouts and only allowing two hits.

With the Hawks looking to sweep Trinity, they traveled to Wild Things Stadium on Wednesday. Through the first two innings, it was a scoreless game. The Hawks broke out in the 3rd inning, scoring five, with extra-base hits from David Kessler and Cody Geddes. From there, Bethel was in control, and they went on to win the game 11-0. Evan Holewinski threw six scoreless innings, striking out five. Geddes came in to shut the door in the 7th. Eric Chalus, Bo Conrad, Cody Geddes, and David Kessler all had multi-hit games. Geddes and Kessler had three RBI’s each, Conrad had two RBI’s, and Altmeyer and Peters each had one RBI.

The Hawks play Baldwin on Friday, looking to sweep the week and finish 3-0.