John D'Abruzzo profiles the Beaver baseball team.
(Photo: Beaver's Alex Rowse, tagging out Quaker Valley's Alex Tanabe during a PIAA playoff game last year, has been a key returnee for the Bobcats this season. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"After reaching last year's Class AA state baseball championship with a veteran-loaded lineup, Bruce Herstine knew his Beaver Area team would have to put in a lot of work in order to compete this season.
He just didn't know how long it would take before actually witnessing positive results.
"The kids wanted to win from day one, but they just didn't know how," Herstine said. "The younger kids weren't hitting at all. Once they started getting a few hits and knew they could hit at this level, everything started to roll."
The Bobcats (10-5) opened their schedule losing five of six games, which included four losses against Section 5-AA opponents, before bouncing back with an impressive nine-game winning streak."