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South Hills notebook: Brentwood baseball secures playoff berth

May 20, 2018 GMT

Notebook items from around the South Hills:

• Easton Klein, a senior pitcher/shortstop, and Austin Veatch, a senior center fielder, served as captains for Brentwood’s baseball team in its first-round WPIAL Class 2A playoff game against Chartiers-Houston.

The Spartans played nine games in 12 days at the end of the regular season, winning seven times to secure their playoff berth.

• Baldwin graduate Sean Kealey is a left-handed sophomore pitcher in the Allegheny College baseball program.

Kealey is an economics major with a planned career as a financial analyst

At Baldwin, he was a member of the National Honor Society and CYO basketball program. He also served as a Baldwin youth baseball camp volunteer.

• Former Baldwin baseball coach Dan Caponi is an assistant coach in the Mt. Lebanon baseball program.

• Thomas Jefferson graduate Jen Johnson is a junior jumping specialist in the Allegheny College women’s track and field program.

Johnson is a biochemistry major with a managerial economics minor. She was a two-sport athlete at TJ, earning two letters in soccer and four in track and field.

She was a four-time WPIAL championship qualifier in the triple jump and high jump events, and set school records in the high jump (5-1) and triple jump (34-4).

• Former Brentwood assistant football coach Casey Phillips coaches two sports at Mt. Lebanon.

Phillips, a Baldwin graduate, is head coach of Mt. Lebanon’s softball team, and an assistant in the football program.

• The Thomas Jefferson baseball team did not qualify for the WPIAL playoffs in Class 5A, but the Jaguars ended the season with an 11-4 nonsection win at New Castle.

Thomas Jefferson finished 3-11 in section play and 6-14 overall.

• A pair of Baldwin graduates are members of spring sports teams at La Roche College.

Christian Hirt is a junior infielder in the baseball program, while Shawn McDanel is a freshman midfielder in the men’s lacrosse program.

• Among the sophomores in the Brentwood softball program this season were girls with a first name of Kylie (Hammond), Kayla (Kacsuta), Kaylie (March) and Carly (Vickless).

Ray Fisher is a freelance writer.