Belle Vernon's Pavlic will play baseball at Waynesburg
ROSTRAVER TOWNSHIP — Two years ago, when Mike Pavlic was a sophomore on Belle Vernon Area's baseball team, Leps coach Dan Palm wasn't expecting much.
"When he was a sophomore, he didn't project as an everyday player," Palm recalled. "However, as a senior, he was an impact player and really huge part of this team. That says a lot about his work ethic."
Palm said Pavlic's work ethic is a key reason why the senior first baseman/pitcher will be playing baseball next season at Waynesburg University.
Pavlic picked Waynes-burg early on, even though Palm was certain he could have landed a scholarship with a Division II school.
"They recruited him hard and came to see him during fall baseball and they never let up," palm said of Waynesburg and coach Mike Humiston. "They wanted him and they were close and he was comfortable with that.
"It also didn't hurt that Ethan Cieply plays there, too."
Cieply was a teammate of Pavlic's at BVA and will be in his freshman year there next season.
"I think Waynesburg fits me best," Pavlic said. "I kind of settled on that school a long time ago. It was my top choice."
Pavlic said he was also getting looks from California University, Bowling Green (Ohio), and Shenandoah College (W.Va.).
Pavlic batted over .500 for the Leps, despite missing seven games due to a concussion.
"We were 6-1 the first half of the section with Mike in the lineup," Palm said. "When he was out, we went 4-3. Mike was a real big part of our success and very important to our team.
Palm noted that not only is Pavlic a solid hitter, he is an excellent fielding first baseman and has talent as a pitcher.
"He held Elizabeth Forward to just two runs in one start this season and he also kept us in the game against Chartiers Valley when he came in in relief of Dom Francia," Palm said.
"There's no doubt he is a very good hitter."
Pavlic said he will get the chance to play first and pitch at Waynesburg.
Palm said that after Pavlic's sophomore year, he started taking baseball very seriously and worked harder than most on improving his game.
"He really put the time in," Palm said. "And in the hitting cage, I couldn't get him to come out."
Pavlic is the son of David and Angela Pavlic, of Rostraver Township.