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Baseball: Greensburg Central Catholic defeated in PIAA first-round game

Written by Brad Everett on .

Less than a week after seeing its quest for a second consecutive WPIAL Class A title come up short in a title game loss, Greensburg Central Catholic hoped to rebound quickly when it took on District 5 champion Southern Fulton in a PIAA first-round game Monday.

The Centurions had no such luck.

Greensburg Central Catholic raced to a 3-0 lead, but Southern Fulton rallied to defeat the Centurions, 6-3. Southern Fulton advanced to the quarterfinals to face Vincentian, while the Centurions (15-5) saw their season end.

Neal McDermott put Greensburg Central Catholic on top when he doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first inning. Then, in the second inning, Sam Nowicki plated a run with groundout and Harrison Boyle added a sacrifice fly.

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Alumni Update - Tim Johnson (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENSBURG, Pa. - The Seton Hill University football team has selected five captains for the upcoming 2016 season, head coachJohnson SHU Isaac Collins announced Monday, May 23rd. Serving as captains and the team's leaders on and off the field will be Josh Falatovich, Tim Johnson, Jarvis McClam (Laurel, MD), Cameron Knapp (Lancaster, CA), and Christian Strong (Brampton, Ontario).

Tim Johnson, a senior linebacker from Greensburg Central Catholic, missed out of the 2015 season due to injury. In 2014 he appeared in 10 games, finished the season with 71 tackles (37 solo), added 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, blocked one kick and had one interception, had a season high 15 tackles vs Gannon (10/25), added 12 tackles vs Shippensburg (9/5) including 3 tackles for loss, and intercepted a pass vs Cheyney (11/15).

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Alumni Update - Ben Webb (Saint Vincent)

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GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Saint Vincent College baseball team had three student-athletes selected as All-Presidents'Webb SVC Athletic Conference, the league announced.

Senior second baseman Ben Webb and sophomore utility Greg Martin were each lauded as All-PAC Second-Team selections.

Webb, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, earned Second-Team All-League honors for the third straight season. The Bearcats' top hitter put together a .393 batting average while driving home 24 runs and scoring 23 runs. Webb collected a team-best 44 hits while slashing eight doubles, a triple and two home runs. The Greensburg, Pa. native had a .463 on-base percentage in 2016.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)

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Baseball: Greensburg C.C. must wait to begin championship hunt

Written by Brad Everett on .

Greensburg Central Catholic kept on saying bye-bye to opponents during the regular season, winning all but three games on its way to the Class A Section 2 title.

It will start the postseason with yet another bye.

Greensburg Central Catholic (13-3) earned the No. 1 seed and an accompanying bye in the WPIAL playoffs. The Centurions were the only Class A team given a bye. They will begin their title defense with a quarterfinal game against the winner of today's first-round game between Bishop Canevin (9-6) and Rochester (9-7). The Centurions defeated Bishop Canevin in last year's semifinals before going on to win their first title.

Led by a powerful offense that includes WPIAL batting leader Tommy Pellis, as well as an excellent pitching staff, the Centurions are understandably the favorite to win the WPIAL crown. The Centurions averaged 12.3 runs per game in 13 contests against WPIAL opponents and didn't give up more than five runs against any of them. Their only losses this season were to St. Joseph's Prep, Jeannette and Mount Pleasant, the latter two defeats coming by one-run margins.