Drew Karpen profiles the Chartiers Valley baseball team.
(Photo: Chartiers Valley's Dominic Castello slides safely into second ahead of the throw to Keystone Oaks' second baseman Ben Canti during their game at Chartiers Valley on April 19. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)
"The hardest part of piecing together a puzzle is the beginning.
It takes a lot of time and patience, especially starting from scratch.
It's no different for a baseball team.
For Chartiers Valley, coach Jim Jaskowski has been searching for the perfect pieces to the puzzle. The Colts began the season 1-2 but smoothed out the kinks in their lineup to the tune of a 12-3 overall record and a perfect 8-0 mark in Class AAA Section 3. They have clinched at least a tie for the section title.
"Honestly, it was putting the pieces to the puzzle together," said Jaskowski, in his ninth season as the Colts coach. "Seeing who fits where. We experimented a lot and we just needed to gain experience.""