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PRESS PHOTO BY ROB MERCHANTBecahi’s John O’Connor races around second base on his way to third during a recent game. The Hawks are getting closer to a playoff berth. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA PRESS PHOTO BY ROB MERCHANTBecahi’s John O’Connor races around second base on his way to third during a recent game. The Hawks are getting closer to a playoff berth. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA

BC closes in on berth

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

While Liberty may be on cruise control heading into the final two weeks of the baseball regular season, Bethlehem Catholic will be fighting for every last drop with four games left on the calendar.

The Golden Hawks (8-7) squeezed out a 5-4 win over Dieruff on Saturday afternoon, scoring a bottom of the seventh inning victory off a Nate Petke RBI double to push them a game over the .500 mark. The win also increased their chances of solidifying themselves as a District 11 4A playoff qualifier and kept them sneaking around the eighth and final playoff spot in the East Penn Conference standings.

All of those things are what head coach Mike Grasso has wanted for his club heading down the home stretch, as they enter a pivotal week with winnable contests against Freedom (5-11) and Allen (6-7). The Hawks also take on Liberty (13-1) this week as well.

“You know every game is so different that you never really know what’s going to happen,” said Grasso. “This is a huge week for us because we know if we can get a couple wins, it’ll really help our chances for the postseason.”

Becahi appears to be a near lock for the district postseason if it can grab at least one more victory this season, as they qualified last year as a 9-11 squad with the increased number of participants now allowed since the move to six classes.

With the league playoffs in the cards as well, Grasso and company have their eyes set on grabbing the eighth seed, as they’re currently 7-6 in conference play and battling with Nazareth (9-6, 6-6), Whitehall (6-7, 5-7) and Central Catholic (5-9, 5-7) for the final spot.

“It would be nice to make in the league playoffs for our seniors,” said Grasso. “We beat Nazareth this year, but also lost to Whitehall and Central, so we’ll see how things shake out. One thing I know is that you can never guess how these games are going to go at the end of the year. Anyone can beat you on any given day. That’s how baseball is.”

Liberty (13-1, 12-0) certainly knows a thing about beating anyone on a given day, as the Hurricanes come into the week undefeated in the league and sit atop the district and league standings with Parkland (13-2, 11-0) breathing down their neck for the top spot as well.

The Hurricanes face a four-game slate this week with Allen, Stroudsburg, Becahi and Dieruff with the hope of staying unblemished to keep their foot on the pedal heading into the final week of the season.

Freedom (5-11) won three-straight games last week to give them momentum heading down the stretch with Becahi, Dieruff and Easton this week. If the Pates can pull off three more wins this week, it could present an interesting scenario for a possible playoff berth.