Baseball, softball teams advance to WPIAL championships

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Girls fast pitch softball celebrates their section championship.

Jake Peters, Staff Writer

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Hawks baseball and softball teams were able to defeat their opponents in their semi-final matchups to send them to the WPIAL championships. For the baseball team, it’s the first time in over a decade, dating back to 2007; and for the girls, it will be the first time in history.

Both teams got to the championship in similar ways: letting the pitchers deal. On Tuesday, Senior Eric Chalus threw a complete-game one-hitter to shutdown West Allegheny. He struck out 11 batters while only walking one in seven innings. However, their game was a lot tighter than the girls. Another senior, Zack Sackett, had to walk it off for the Hawks with a clutch base hit to secure the 1-0 win.

Junior David Kessler steps into his swing during the Hawks’ game vs. CV on May 19. (Tyler Krchmar)

The undefeated Bethel Park softball team did what it usually does, crush teams. Per usual, senior Delaney Nagy, a UConn recruit, tossed a complete-game shutout while striking out five. She helped cruise the team to a 9-0, rain-delayed win vs. Pine Richland.  Her stat-line improved to a terrific 16-0 on the mound. She got help from her offense in Lauren Caye, Gianna Sciullo, and Sandra Soltes, who all had two RBIs each.

 

Senior Delaney Nagy winds up before pitching the ball during the Lady Hawks’ game vs. Baldwin on April 20. (Tyler Krchmar)

This means we will be seeing the Hawks baseball team facing off against the Franklin Regional Panthers on Tuesday, June 1 at Wild Things Wark in Washington, Pa. The 5A 4:30 match-up will include the predicted No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. The lower-seeded Hawks will be the away team.

The softball team, who was the No. 1 seeded team in 6A, will face No. 7 Canon-Mac in a noon game on June 3 at Cal U. If the softball team were to win, they would complete an undefeated season, as well as winning the first championship in Bethel Park history.

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