Talented GCC lineup makes coach's decisions difficult
TribLIVE Sports Videos
First-year Greensburg Central Catholic coach Anthony Manley has a problem most coaches in the WPIAL would dream of having.
Due to a deep, talented roster, Manley is struggling to come up with a combination of starting players. It's not because his players aren't stepping up but rather the level of competition is so intense.
“I'm very encouraged,” Manley said. “We have a very strong group of players here. It's been very hard to make a lineup card to this point. We have about 12-13 kids who could all start, but only nine can go on the field. I guess it's a good problem to have.”
The Centurions should be particularly strong on the mound.
Two seniors, Corey Marshall and Sean Bialecki, will anchor a deep, experienced staff — most of whom have varsity experience.
“It's hard to decipher who our ace of the staff would be,” Manley said. “I look at Corey and Sean as 1-A and 1-B. They are both great at locating pitches and throwing strikes. They really both have a bulldog mentality on the mound and will go right after you.”
GCC also will look to sophomore Colin Liberatore, junior Eddie Kilkeary and senior Garrett Brooks to provide quality innings and starts.
“I'm expecting big things from all of them,” Manley said. “This is a very strong group of pitchers and is the strength of our team. They should all have great seasons. They've worked hard to get to this level.”
As for the field and batting, Manley said several positions are up for grabs. There is a lot of competition in the infield and outfield.
Manley expects many Centurians will have productive seasons at the plate, naming Kilkeary (P/OF), Liberatore (P/OF), freshman infielder Tommy Pellis and senior infielder Andrew Lipniskis.
“We have a number of guys capable of putting up a lot of production at the plate,” Manley said. “As far as the defensive side goes, we still are a little shaky in the outfield but have a lot of promising infielders. You have to have hitters in your lineup and work on other things as the season goes along.”
The Centurions figure to be in the thick of the Section 4-AA race. Last season, GCC finished second and lost a first-round WPIAL playoff game to Riverside, 11-4, after compiling a 12-7 overall mark.
“I'm very encouraged to get things started,” Manley said. “I think we definitely have a shot to be in the mix for the section title. I know there are a lot of good teams in front of us and that in this game anybody can beat anybody. We just need to take care of business and play to our ability level.”
GCC, despite the loss of eight graduates, is also setting up its program for future success. The current varsity roster is a blend of all four classes, with four freshmen and four sophomores expected to contribute.
“We're pretty balanced right now as a program,” Manley said. “We have core players in each class and we're definitely going to have some of our freshmen contribute on the varsity level this season.”
Brian Hunger is a freelance writer.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Brawls erupt at Monroeville Mall
- E-reader app co-created by CMU grad could limit devices’ impact on sleep
- Warehouse will double Leed’s space in Westmoreland Business and Research Park
- Craft breweries proliferate in Pa., nationally with room to keep growing
- Toys for Tots drive comes up short
- New coach Narduzzi committed to building Pitt into national power
- Ex-Penguin Niskanen feeling pressure to live up to $40M contract in Washington
- Pittsburgh native curator of National Naval Aviation Museum
- Greensburg man, 18, cited for shotgun fired by boy, 16
- Steelers linebacker Worilds finds his trajectory
- Western Pa. counties won’t slap fee on drivers for infrastructure repairs