Many say to not play with fire, and that made its case at Bob Purkey Field Tuesday afternoon.
After a 7-0 win against Trinity on Monday, April 4, the Black Hawks proved that lightning can strike twice when they beat the Hillers again in a landslide 16-3 (5 innings) contest.
The Black Hawks started the game with junior Nathan Vargo on the rubber. Vargo was coming off a win against Mt. Lebanon in which he performed incredibly, pitching a scoreless win 10-0.
Vargo picked up where he left off, and after one recorded out, he allowed three runners on base. Vargo, doing Vargo things, found a way out of the jam, striking out two batters.
Bethel picked up the bats and went to work.
Right Fielder Jason Nuttridge started the affair with a single but later got called out at second on a fielder’s choice.
Ray Altmeyer opened the scoring for the Hawks, hitting in senior shortstop David Kessler on a second to first putout.
Following the first, we saw yet another great inning pitched by Nathan Vargo. Vargo found himself with a runner at third with one out but managed to get out of it following a ground ball and looking strikeout.
Junior John Chalus kicked off the bottom of the second with a gap shot into the outfield, reaching second base on a double. Chalus scored following first baseman/pitcher Evan Holewinski’s single, making it 2-0 Bethel Park.
Vargo’s rhythm was halted in the third inning of play, as after striking out one and walking one, Vargo let up the game’s first homerun to #29 Ty Banco of the Hillers. Vargo proceeded with the inning and got out of it ending his three inning game with two earned runs. The game was now tied 2-2.
The Black Hawks truly found their legs in what would be called a colossal third inning. This inning featured a runner scored by every starter of the Hawks. This is how it went down:
Cody Geddes– Single
Ray Altmeyer– Hit by pitch
Dylan Schmude– Single (1 RBI)
John Chalu– Single (1 RBI)
Bo Conrad– Single (1 RBI)
Ben Hudson– Homerun (3 RBI)
Evan Holewinski– Single
Jason Nuttridge– Base off error
David Kessler– Single (1 RBI)
Cody Geddes– Homerun (3 RBI)
Dylan Schmude– Double
Bo Conrad– Single (1 RBI)
The Hawks tallied eleven, yes eleven runs, and broke the game wide open.
Freshman Ryan Walsh pitched a near-perfect inning, throwing eleven pitches and striking out all three batters he faced. Walsh has been near perfection all season, and many see a bright future in the freshman.
The Hawks tallied an additional three in the fourth inning, including a homerun off the bat of Ray Altmeyer, with junior Sebastian Schein closing the coffin on the Hillers after allowing one run.
The Hawks improved their hot start to 4-0 and will hit the road for two consecutive games versus rivals Baldwin on Friday and Albert Gallatin on Monday. They sit at No. 1 in Section 4 Class 5A.
Evan Holewinski is expected to get the starting job versus the Highlanders.
Win: Nathan Vargo (2-0) (ERA: 2.25)
Top Hitter: Cody Geddes
Hawks next matchups:
4/8 at Baldwin (4-3)
4/11 at Albert Gallatin (0-3)
4/12 vs Albert Gallatin (0-3)
4/14 at Hempfield (2-4)