As is the case just about every spring, inclement weather has wreaked havoc on the early portion of the WPIAL baseball schedule. And while all teams have been affected, few have taken more of a hit than Belle Vernon.
The Leopards – who have had six games postponed this season – played just their fourth game Monday, losing at Thomas Jefferson, 16-6. The loss dropped the Leopards to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in Class AAA Section 4.
Belle Vernon's win came against Uniontown, 8-5, in the season opener. The Leopards then dropped consecutive decisions to West Mifflin (6-2) and Canon-McMillan (7-2).
Coach Daryl Hixenbaugh returned five starters from last year's squad that went 10-7. Those starters are senior pitcher-third baseman Nolan Stulock, sophomore shortstop-third baseman Jake Callaway, junior second baseman-shortstop Evan Hannan, sophomore catcher Jordan Zilka and sophomore left fielder Tim Labuda.