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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

The Brentwood Spartans achieved a baseball rarity.

Brentwood scored in every inning in defeating visiting Freedom, 19-12, last week in a Section 1-AA matchup.

The Spartans scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, six in the second, four in the third, one in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Brentwood punched out 15 hits, led by junior third baseman Brendan Mulholland's 3-for-4 performance at the plate.

Mulholland began this week with a .450 batting average with two home runs and a team-leading 11 RBIs.

“Brendan has been a pleasant surprise so far,” Greg Perdziola, Brentwood's head coach, said. “To Brendan's credit, he is very coachable. The first couple of games, he was struggling at the plate. We asked him to make some adjustments with his batting stance and he really made an effort to adjust and has been hitting ever since. He is a very hard worker.”

Mulholland and freshman Tanner Klein, the winning pitcher, smacked home runs versus Freedom.

Junior outfielders Tyler Jorgenson and Tyler Paranzino, along with Klein, had two hits apiece for the Spartans.

Jorgenson, Connor McWilliams, a junior catcher/pitcher, Paranzino, and junior infielders Nathan Christopher and Anton Zupancic all had doubles.

“It is good to see we are putting the ball in play,” Perdziola said. “We were very aggressive at the plate against Freedom, which I was happy with. The thing that stands out is we only had three strikeouts.”

Along with Mulholland, leading hitters for the Spartans this season include Jorgenson (.481), McWilliams (.435), senior second baseman/outfielder Sean Cloonan (.348) and Paranzino (.333).

Brentwood dropped a 12-2 section decision at Quaker Valley earlier this week.

Christopher and Jorgenson both had doubles for the Spartans.

“Our defense has hurt us so far. We can't be giving extra outs to the teams in our section,” Perdziola said. “If we can cut down on the errors, our pitching and hitting will give us a chance win and have a successful second half of the season.”

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or rfisher@tribweb.com.

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