Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Show Time Bredensteiner Powers Duchesne

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Show Time Bredensteiner Powers Duchesne

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A handful of professional baseball scouts made it to Blanchette Park Wednesday to watch Duchesne High center fielder Brett Bredensteiner.

And Bredensteiner put on quite a show, blasting a pair of home runs to straight-away center field to help the Pioneers get by archrival St. Dominic 4-3 in the Class 3A District 7 semifinals.

"Brett's a tremendous player. I think he's the best high school player in the St. Louis area right now," Duchesne coach Ted Yeater said. "When he comes to the plate, he either hits the ball hard or he's walked. And even when people try to pitch around Brett, he still finds a way."

In addition to the power display put on by Bredensteiner, those in attendance Wednesday were treated to a well-played, intense high school baseball game.

"That's the kind of game you expect when Duchesne and Dominic get together," Yeater said. "I thought both teams played well enough to win. We got a few breaks and we took advantage."

The top-seeded Pioneers (13-6) advance to play third-seeded Troy (10-5) in the district title game today at St. Dominic. Game time is 4:15 p.m.

Troy, which fell 7-3 to Duchesne in a GAC game last week, beat defending district champion St. Charles 8-4 in Wednesday's other district semifinal at Blanchette Park. St. Charles finished third in Class 3A a year ago.

"Troy's a solid ballclub and it's going to take another good game for us to win the district," Yeater said. "With the bye, our pitching's in good shape. I think it'll be a good game."

Fourth-seeded St. Dominic (7-8) struck first Wednesday, going up with a run in the second. With two outs, Mark Drennen singled and Chris Meers followed with a double. Tim O'Shaughnessy, the courtesy runner for Drennen, ran through coach Norm Ochsner's stop sign at third but still managed to score the go-ahead run.

Duchesne pulled even and took the lead in the third. Geoff Michael led off with a single and Bredensteiner connected on a 3-2 pitch with two outs for his first homer of the game. …

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