Held hits close to .400 for Brentwood baseball team
Jake Held developed into a serious offensive threat for the Brentwood varsity baseball team in 2013.
Held, a senior first baseman, led the Spartans in hitting, with a sparkling .395 batting average; home runs, with four; and RBI, with 14.
“Jake really had a breakout year,” Greg Perdziola, Brentwood's head coach, said.
“He was our triple crown guy, leading the team in home runs, batting average and RBI.”
Held, who ranked second on the team in runs scored (10), was one of four Brentwood players who hit .300 or better this season.
Sophomore outfielder/catcher Tyler Jorgenson batted .350, followed by junior outfielder Justin Vickless, at .347, and senior pitcher/middle infielder Chris Shortley, at .311.
Vickless, who hit .320 last season, led Brentwood in runs, with 12; and doubles, with eight; to go along with eight RBI.
Shortley finished with 10 RBI and scored 10 runs.
“Justin and Chris had a very good year at the plate,” Perdziola said. “They hit the ball hard all year.”
The leading long-ball threats for the Spartans this season consisted of Held, junior catcher Derek Hogue, Shortley, Vickless and sophomore middle infielder Connor McWilliams.
Along with Held's four round trippers, Hogue and Shortley belted two apiece, while Vickless and McWillians clouted one apiece.
Brentwood finished with a 2-12 overall record and in Section 1-AA in 2013, as Vickless, a right-handed hurler, picked up both victories.
Shortley struck out 48 batters in 36 innings of work this season.
The right-handed flamethrower also fanned 48 hitters in 48 innings in 2012, and 30 in 26 innings in 2011.
Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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