BC felt ahead of game before the shutdown
“A little anxious,” is how Bethlehem Catholic softball coach Rich Mazza and the Hawks have been feeling since receiving the news that “everything is off” hours before their scrimmage was to be played against Pen Argyl on March 12.
The Allentown Diocese closed all its schools early that day to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, which meant no sports practices, matches, and scrimmages for Becahi student athletes. The shutdown was then extended to the state of Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Wolf.
“This is probably the first year we were on the field the first day of practice (March 9). Usually, we’re trying to shovel snow,” Mazza said. “This year we only missed one day because of rain, so we were way ahead of where we were in the past.”
Becahi has several seniors on the softball team who worked hard in the offseason, along with the rest of the players, and were excited to get started.
Haley McMenimen and McKenzie Brandon, both seniors, are competing for the first base position. Mazza has decided that both will be in the lineup, but one of them will bat.
Junior Abby Rodriguez is a transfer from Dieruff and will play second base.
Senior Alyssa Brandstetter is returning to shortstop, and senior Addie Roche is returning to third base.
Jordan Merklin, a sophomore transfer from Stroudsburg, will play left field.
Junior Jaden Spigner is returning to center field, and senior Shylynn Cordero will play right field. Junior Ashley Judd is also expected to play right field.
Becahi sophomore Teighan Boyle is returning as catcher. She is the granddaughter of late Becahi wrestling coach and National Wrestling Hall of Fame member Tony Iasiello.
Returning as pitcher will be sophomore Emma Bond.
“Emma had a decent summer, and she is doing very well,” said Mazza. “She’s a new person.”
Mazza is hoping to be able to play a portion of the season, at least, and was looking forward to strong division competition with Easton, Liberty, and Freedom.
“I sent out some emails to the players,” Mazza said. “I just can’t do anything with them.”
Becahi’s first regular season game was scheduled for March 24 at home against Dieruff.