Beaver Area baseball has begun their domination over the section this season. While the team had a bit of a rocky start in the preseason, those bumps are behind them.
The boys have played section games so far against the Central Valley Warriors, the Obama Academy Eagles, and the Ambridge Bridgers. The team also played non-section games against the Freedom Bulldogs and the West Allegheny Indians.
In the team’s non-section match-up against West Allegheny, catcher Vinny Masterangelo hit a grand slam. Despite the glorious bat by Vinny the team suffered a 8-5 loss.
“We fought the whole game and that game brought us together and progressed us and made us a better team,” said senior left fielder Mike Champ.
And Champ was right, because when the boys traveled to Freedom Area High School April 3 for another non-section match-up, this time it was a much better result. The team won big 13-2. Senior Alec Berg pitched.
“I think the Freedom game allowed us to gain back the confidence we need to continue into our section games. We started to click, put up some runs, and everything else just fell into place,” said sophomore third baseman Brady Hansen.
The team then kicked off their section games against the Central Valley Warriors with a 7-3 win April 4. Senior Jack Yanssens handled duties on the mound.
“A magnificent display of team charisma,” said senior catcher Masterangelo.
The Cats played in another amazing, yet short, section game against the Ambridge Bridgers April 8. The Beaver Bobcats won in only four innings 15-0. Yanssens went 4/4 batting, and senior Masterangelo belted another home run. This game was pitched by senior Dominic Petrella.
“The WIPAL’s need to watch out,” boasted Berg after the Ambridge blowout.
April 10 the team traveled to Obama Academy to play an under-the-lights game for an unfortunate first section loss 2-0. Berg pitched all seven innings.
“It was a rough game, it was a long travel, and we didn’t hit well enough,” said Berg.
But this experienced, talented team has more ball to play and surely more wins to rack up. The Bobcats next face North Catholic this afternoon.