Softball: Bethel Park springs upset in Class AAAA Section 4 clash

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Fueled by a big day from junior outfielder Molly Welsh, Bethel Park stayed very much alive in the tightening playoff race in Section 4-AAAA. Welsh had a home run and a triple as the Black Hawks knocked off No. 5 Baldwin, 12-5. The win allowed Bethel Park to run its winning streak to three. During the winning streak, the Bethel Park bats have been firing on all cylinders. The team scored 14 at Upper St. Clair and 15 at Brashear before the 12-run output against Baldwin. Including a 17-0 win over Mt. Lebanon earlier in the season, Bethel Park has reached double digit runs in four of its six games.

The Section 4-AAAA race is now as wide open as any in the WPIAL. Canon-McMillan (5-2, 5-1) clings to a half game lead in the section ahead of Chartiers Valley (5-2, 5-2). Baldwin (5-2, 4-2), Bethel Park (4-2, 4-2) and Peters Township (4-5, 4-2) are all tied for third.


Baseball: As usual, Bethel Park a contender

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Drew Karpen profiles the Bethel Park baseball team.

2014 0410 BethelPark Baseball(Photo: Bethel Park's Corey Augenstein is a mainstay on the Black Hawks pitching staff. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The past three year's, Bethel Park has entered the conversation as one of the contenders to win a WPIAL Class AAAA championship.

In 2011, the Black Hawks lost in the WPIAL semifinals to Seneca Valley. They followed that up with a section title in 2012 and finished in second place to Canon-McMillan in the section last year.

This is saying a lot knowing the landscape of Class AAAA Section 5.

"We call it the gauntlet," fourth-year Black Hawks coach Tony Fisher said. "Our section is brutal. Mt. Lebanon has solid pitching. Canon-Mac is the defending section champion. Peters Township is returning a ton and USC is always tough."


Alumni Update - Shakell Carter (Duquesne)

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Duquesne's men's track & field team split its roster up over the weekend, sending its distance and mid-Carter Duqdistance runners to the three-day Colonial Relays at William & Mary and the rest of the squad to the Dave Labor Invitational at Slippery Rock.

At Slippery Rock, Shakeil Carter, a Bethel Park graduate, finished first of 23 runners in the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.86.


(photo courtesy of Duquesne University)


Track: Black Hawks’ Ruschel wins triple jump

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Bethel Park’s Billy Ruschel beat an impressive field to take the triple jump at Saturday’s Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association Championships at West Mifflin.

Ruschel best jump was 43-0, which beat Central Catholic’s Bricen Garner (42-7) and North Allegheny’s Fritz Isaac (42-5 ½).

Ruschel finished fourth at the WPIAL Class AAA championships in the event last season, and he beat all three competitors that finished ahead of him Saturday.