Baseball: Greensburg C.C.’s Pellis is the WPIAL’s batting leader

Written by Brad Everett on .

With a ridiculous 24 hits in 31 at-bats, it's no surprise that Tommy Pellis is the leading hitter in the WPIAL.

Pellis is having a marvelous season for defending WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic. In games played through April 17, Pellis was leading all WPIAL players in hitting and was tied for first in runs scored.

A senior, Pellis is batting .774 with 24 runs scored and 20 RBIs. Of his 24 hits, 17 are of the extra-base variety - eight doubles, six triples and three home runs. Pellis is slugging 1.709 and his OPS is 2.499.

A Penn recruit, Pellis has multiple hits in all 10 of Greensburg C.C.'s games. He has four hits in four games.


Baseball: Greensburg Central Catholic eyes repeat title

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko profiles the Greensburg Central Catholic baseball team.

2016 0415 GreensburgCC Baseball(Photo: Greensburg Central Catholic shortstop Tommy Pellis makes a diving catch against California in the WPIAL Class A baseball championship last season at Consol Energy Park. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"A glance at Greensburg Central Catholic's baseball roster might lead to the assumption that the two seniors named Pellis are twin brothers.

Not by blood, but first cousins Tommy and JP are about as close as it gets.

The Centurions' co-captain cousins have helped the defending WPIAL Class A champions to another strong start, entering play Wednesday 3-1 but on a three-game win streak, and a smooth transition to new coach Nick LoNigro.

"It's a blessing because those two are able to communicate to the rest of the team what our expectations are, and they can feed off each other," said LoNigro, an assistant the three previous seasons under former coach Anthony Manley, who stepped down this offseason. "They've been close — they've been going to school together since they could go to school — so that's something you can't just build in one or two years. That's something that's been growing up and it's been nurtured. It's pretty cool to see on the outside and definitely great to be a part of.""


Baseball: Hot bats leading the way for defending WPIAL champ Greensburg C.C.

Written by Brad Everett on .

Greensburg Central Catholic leaned on excellent pitching to win its first WPIAL title last season.

The pitching is still a work in progress this season, but any inconsistency on the mound hasn't been much of a problem as the Centurions are hitting the ball well and scoring timely runs.

Seniors Tommy Pellis and Zack Skatell have helped Greensburg Central Catholic get out to a 3-1 start. Pellis, a Penn recruit, is hitting .667 with five RBIs and nine runs scored. Skatell is hitting .545 with nine RBIs.

A few other of the top hitters have been junior Ben Hertzog (.444), senior Sam Nowicki (.364), junior Jack Liberatore (.308, four RBIs) and senior J.P. Pellis (.300).


Alumni Update - Garrett Brooks (California University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WASHINGTON, Pa. – Led by a six-run sixth inning in Game 1, the Vulcans earned a doubleheader sweep overBrooks CalU Slippery Rock in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West play at CONSOL Energy Park on Friday afternoon, winning 7-3 and 6-2.

With the sweep, the California University of Pennsylvania baseball team improves to 18-12 overall and remains tied for first place in the divisional standings with an 11-3 league mark. Meanwhile, Slippery Rock falls to 7-26 this season behind a 2-12 conference record.

In Game 1, sophomore second baseman Garrett Brooks, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, went 3-for-3 with one run scored.


(photo courtesy of California University of Pa.)


Boys Basketball: Challenge awaits Greensburg Central Catholic

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Greensburg Central Catholic had a relatively easy time with District 5 champion Berlin Brothersvalley in the opening round of the PIAA Class AA playoffs.

That wasn't a surprise. The Centurions had beaten District 5 champion Chestnut Ridge in the first round a year ago.

Their next opponent will provide a bit more of a challenge as they will take on WPIAL sixth-place finisher Quaker Valley (21-6) in the second round at Peters Township on Wednesday at Peters Township.

Quaker Valley already has some quality wins this season, including victories over Class AAA playoff team West Allegheny and played a couple of relatively close games against the same Aliquippa team that knocked Greensburg Central Catholic (24-2) out in the WPIAL semifinals.