The cold and rainy western PA spring chilled the baseball season, but the Hawks baseball team was hot from the get-go.
The senior-heavy Hawks rattled off win after win, capping off an undefeated 21-0 regular season just last week.
They turned up the dial, even more, when the first round of the WPIAL playoffs matched them up with cross-town rival Mt. Lebanon on Thursday, May 14.
Their performance didn’t disappoint.
“I was pretty confident since I struck out every batter in their lineup both times we played them this year, and I knew that our offense would show up because they have all year,” said senior star pitcher Evan “Steve” Bromley.
After Steve set the Blue Devils down in order in the first, the Hawks came back with 12 runs in the opening frame, and never looked back.
Bromley would throw a perfect game for the eighth time this year.
Leading the charge on offense was catcher Brandon Cole, who hit three home runs.
“Some days you’re on, some days you’re off, and the ball was just looking like a beach ball to me,” said Cole.
One of the home runs etched “B-Cole’s” name in the record books. His 432 ft.-bomb was the longest in school history.
When asked about that homer, he said, “I knew it was far off the bat, I just didn’t realize it was going that far.”
Along with Cole’s three homers, he tallied two singles.
As a team, the Hawks had 23 hits, plating 20 runs.
“Yeah I’d say we’re playing good right now, but I believe our best baseball is ahead of us,” said Bromley
The Hawks face North Allegheny on Monday in the semi-finals. Just a year ago, the Tigers ousted the Hawks in the same round.
“I think we have unfinished business from last year. Even Martin Luther King was a child once, this is our chance,” said Kevin Kogler, who is six for six with five doubles in the playoffs to this point.
Junior Eric “Southclaw” Chalus takes the mound Monday, 7:30 p.m. at USC.
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