Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brashear Building Balanced Reputation

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brashear Building Balanced Reputation

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Defense first. That's been the mantra of the Brashear High School baseball team this season.

"You can win, 1-0," said Bulls coach Tim DePietro. "One run is all you need. We try to concentrate on holding teams down."

That philosophy has served the Bulls well. Through Monday, they had limited seven opponents to three runs or less, four of them shutouts. They were giving up a relatively stingy 4.0 runs per game.

But as impressive as those numbers may be, defense has not been the Bulls' trademark. They are better known for driving foes batty.

Brashear was 14-4 going into the City League championship game against Allderdice (13-6), scheduled for yesterday at Hershel Field. The main reason was the Bulls' offense, which was averaging 9.9 runs and had scored in double figures in seven of the past eight games.

DePietro wasn't expecting his heavy-metal act to be this loud. Yet it has been music to his ears.

"We had a decent offense last year," he said. "The majority of our team was coming back, so I knew we had the potential to be better. But I didn't think we'd score this consistently this year. That's been quite a surprise."

The 10-run mercy rule was invoked in seven of Brashear's victories through Monday. That included a 15-5 decision against Perry in the City semifinals May 24.

There can't be many weak spots in a lineup that is so proficient offensively. And on this team, the Nos. 1 through 6 batters have been outstanding.

Mitchell Hahne is No. 6 in the order, but No. 1 on the stat sheet in several categories. This junior catcher had eight doubles, two triples, four home runs and 35 RBIs through Monday. His slugging percentage during the regular season was .890.

Hahne has been marvelous in the playoffs, with a homer, two doubles and eight RBIs in wins against Westinghouse (11-0) and Perry.

"On any other team, he'd be batting fourth," DePietro said. …

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