Nikki Adisey pitched and hit her team through to the WPIAL quarterfinals with a big day in Greensburg Central Catholic's first-round matchup against No. 7 West Greene (10-8). Adisey was the winning pitcher, thanks in large part to what she did at the plate. She was perfect at the plate, going 4 for 4. One of those hits was a home run and she batted in four runs in the Centurions (10-4) 11-7 win. They will need a similar offensive performance from Adisey when they take on section rival, No. 2 Frazier (13-1), Monday at 3 p.m. at Baldwin. Frazier swept the regular-season series from Greensburg Central Catholic, winning 3-2 on March 27 and 9-4 on April 24.
Fourth-seeded Greensburg Central saw its hopes for a berth in the WPIAL Division 2 boys championship game vanquished with a first-round 16-5 loss to Mars this past Wednesday night.
Greensburg Central, which won Division 2, Section 1 with a 5-0 record, finished with an overall record of 9-5. After losing four of their first six games, the Centurions ran off seven victories in a row before they played Mars. It was the second time the teams played this season. Mars won the first game, too, 15-6.
Several Greensburg Central Catholic girls athletes shined at last week's WPIAL Class AA qualifiers.
Sarah Ward was the first to qualify for Class AA WPIAL finals. The junior took gold in the 400-meter run with a time of 59.37. She went on to take third in the 200.
Haley Moore proved to be successful in the 800. She won the event with a time of 2:23.34.
Michelle Karabin won the pole vault with a distance of eight feet, six inches.
Name: Nikki Adisey
High School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Background: Senior pitcher Nikki Adisey helped lead Greensburg Central Catholic back to the postseason, a year after a disappointing 2-9 campaign. Sharing pitching duties, Adisey was 3-3 this season with a 2.81 ERA through 37 1/3 innings. She is expected to pitch a majority of the innings in the playoffs.
Mike Evans' boys lacrosse teams at Greensburg Central Catholic High have not been blessed with great numbers. Just 17 players were on this year's team. But what the Centurions have had is quality. That was apparent this season as the Centurions enter the tournament with an overall record of 9-4, top honors in Division 2, Section 1 with a 5-0 record and the No. 3 seed heading into the Division 2 tournament with a first-round game at 7 p.m. against visiting Mars.
It's a rematch of a regular-season game that Mars won by a 16-5 margin on March 30. The Planets are 11-5 overall. The finished with a 5-1 record in Division 2, Section 4 and were co-champions with Quaker Valley. Each team defeated the other on its home field. The Quakers are the tournament's No. 2 seed.
The Centurions were 2-4 following a 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh Central Catholic on April 10. Since that game, Greensburg Central hasn't lost. They've scored in double digits in their last five games with victories over Seton-LaSalle (16-4), Penn-Trafford (18-8), Norwin (11-8), Hempfield (13-1) and Taylor Allderdice (15-1).
The winner of this game meets the winner of a game featuring top seed Canon-McMillan and Aquinas Academy. That semifinal game will be played at 6 p.m. on May 18 at a site to be determined.