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Neuman's Crew Takes a Swing at Breast Cancer

State Rep. Brandon Neuman's team was the home run derby winner Saturday.

Saturday morning State Rep. Brandon Neuman stepped out of the office and onto the baseball diamond as he participated in the PA Breast Cancer Coalition's 4th Annual Home Run Derby—with his team later coming in first place.

The event was held at Consol Energy Park, home of the Washington Wild Things. Neuman's Crew, made up of Neuman, Nick Bridge, Joe Oliphant and George Strasbaugh, were one of five teams to compete in the event.

Neuman, D-North Strabane scored an impressive 510 points, which  was briefly the high score of the day. Bridge quickly dethroned him with 525, and Strasbaugh followed suit with 600 points on the board.

Oliphant did not hit his way onto the leader board, but hit the first of only two homeruns for the day.

Neuman's Crew finished the day triumphant, winning the derby with 2025 points. This score makes it the state leader after three events. Eight more events are slated to take place this month at minor-league ballparks around the state.

Win or lose, Neuman said his participation Saturday was more about supporting a great cause and less about walking out of the park with the coveted pink champion bat.

“I thought it was a great community event and a good way to bring more awareness to a great cause," Neuman said.

According to Heather Hibshman, PA Breast Cancer Coalition executive director, the Washington event is the smallest in the state—something she hopes will change next year when they return for year five. 

Neuman said he plans on being back with his team of power hitters in 2012 to continue to support this cause.  
 

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