Keith Barnes profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team.
(Photo: Greensburg Central Catholic's Collin Liberatore pitches against California in the WPIAL Class A baseball championship at Consol Energy Park Tuesday in Washington. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)
"A year ago in Class AA, Greensburg Central Catholic was a third-place finisher in its section and a one-and-done WPIAL playoff team.
What a difference one year and a PIAA-mandated biennial realignment can make.
Instead of wondering what winning a title could be like as they did a year ago, the Centurions took advantage of a move down to Class A, earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament and knocked off defending champion California Area, 6-4, Tuesday at Consol Energy Park in North Franklin to give Greensburg Central Catholic the first WPIAL baseball title in the school's 56-year history.
"I know when I was a player, I played at Greensburg Salem and played against some pretty good baseball players from [Greensburg] Central Catholic and I know it's certainly hard to win it all," Centurions coach Anthony Manley said. "To get here is one thing and to win it is another.""