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Midway through the Lebanon County American Legion Baseball League’s season, Myerstown manager Johnny Mentzer advised all of his batters to take less pitches and to be more aggressive early in the count. Brett Baweic took the advice to heart, and because he did, he became one of the summer circuit’s most dangerous, consistent and productive hitters.

B. Baweic was certainly one of Myerstown’s bright spots, as the Lebanon County champions went 1-2 at the recent eight-team, double-elimination Region Four tournament, contested at Ephrata’s War Memorial Field.

On a hot and sticky Monday afternoon, during a summer-ending 9-1 loss to Linglestown, B. Bawiec collected three more hits. The day prior, B. Bawiec had also gone three-for-four and finished with a team-leading seven hits in the tournament, including an RBI-single in Myerstown’s opening-round 1-0 triumph over Pleasuresville.

Credit-UnionMyerstown had gone 6-1 in the Lebanon County American Legion postseason to claim the locale’s spot in the region legional. And B. Bawiec was one of the biggest reasons why.

B. Bawiec had been on fire since the calendar turned to July, and his hot hitting continued through the postseason. Ever since he began looking for fastballs early in his at-bats.

– Jeff Falk

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