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Brentwood second baseman Sean Cloonan
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Brentwood's baseball team had only one senior — Sean Cloonan — on its varsity roster this season.

Cloonan, a second baseman, hit .265 and ranked among the team leaders in at-bats (49), hits (13) and runs (14).

He was a two-year starter and four-year varsity player for the Spartans.

“Sean had a good year. He played a solid second base, and was our No. 2 hitter (in the lineup),” said Greg Perdziola, Brentwood's head coach. “He provided leadership when the team needed it.”

Tyler Jorgenson, a junior outfielder, led Brentwood in hitting this season with a .436 batting average as the Spartans' leadoff hitter.

“Tyler had a very good year,” Perdziola said. “He has good speed and is now starting to realize how to use that speed to his advantage.

“Tyler really improved from last year with his overall game, and I expect him to improve even more next year.”

Brentwood ended up in fifth place in Section 1-AA with a 5-9 record, behind Quaker Valley (12-2), South Side Beaver (12-2), Seton-La Salle (10-4) and New Brighton (5-9).

“On the positive side, we were five games better (record-wise) than we were last year,” Perdziola said. “Our hitting was our strength with four players batting over .350.

“Our pitching was inconsistent at times, but showed some promise. I think sophomore Branden Mayfield and freshman Tanner Klein pitched very well for their first year starting at the varsity level. Along with Tyler Paranzino, they all gained valuable experience on what it takes to be a successful pitcher. We should be in good shape in terms of pitching going into next year with all three returning.”

The Spartans, who defeated Avonworth and Freedom twice and Carlynton once in league play, finished 7-11 overall and batted a collective .304.

“We had a very inexperienced team going into the year,” Perdziola said. “With only one senior (in 2014), we will have a lot of experienced players coming back.

“We will be moving down in classification and into a new section next year, so things are pointing in the right direction for Brentwood baseball.”

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

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