Greensburg Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Greensburg C.C.’s Tommy Pellis, Belle Vernon’s Emily Frederick
School: Greensburg Central Catholic
Claim to fame: Pellis, who has a .561 batting average, went 3 for 4 with three runs and an RBI to help Greensburg Central Catholic (20-3) to a 6-4 win over California in the WPIAL Class A final. The Penn recruit added an RBI double in a PIAA first-round win over Blairsville on Monday. He has five doubles, five triples and two home runs along with 35 RBIs this season.
“It was great to get that win. California is a great team. Collin (Liberatore) had a great game and so did I,” Pellis said. “I tried to go up there and hit the ball well. It worked out well.”
What made you decide on Penn?
It seemed like a great fit for me not just academically. The coaching staff is awesome and they are getting new facilities there. It just seemed perfect for me.
Where do you get your work ethic?
I always like to compete in school, baseball or whatever I’m doing. It was how I was raised, and it carries over to baseball.
How did it feel to win a WPIAL title?
It was definitely something special. It wasn’t easy throughout the season. It took a lot of preparation. I think all of us were working hard, and we got the results we were looking for.
What has been the message since the win?
Of course we were really excited with the win. Coach said to enjoy it for the next couple of days. We need to prepare for the state playoffs now and give it all we got.
Who is your favorite athlete?
Bryce Harper. With the hype he came up with, I like the way he plays and swings the bat. It seems like he plays with an edge.
School: Belle Vernon
Claim to fame: Frederick, who has a .571 batting average, hit a walk-off, two-run single to right-center field in the bottom of the seventh inning as Belle Vernon (20-2) stunned Yough, 5-4, to win the WPIAL Class AAA softball championship last week. Frederick has three triples, four home runs and 30 RBIs this season.
“The win was really amazing. We struggled for the first five innings. We woke up in the last two innings. We were still in the game,” Frederick said. “The bottom of the seventh was pretty wild when we came back. It was pretty awesome for it to be against Yough, and we played such a good game against each other.”
What are your college plans?
I will be attending West Virginia. I want to study engineering in the honors college. I have been interested in the field. It has always been one of my top colleges, and it is a good fit for me.
Where did you get your clutch hitting?
Working a lot with my batting with my travel team and dad. In the past few months, I have been working on my hitting. I work a lot in the garage with my dad. I set up the net and tee in the garage. I like to record myself to see how I am doing with my swing.
What has been the reason for the turnaround season?
Our pitching is a lot better. As a team we have a good relationship. We are more like a family and we want each other to do well. We are all in it together, and it takes a team effort. We want to see each other achieve their goals and do well.
How does it feel to make it to states in your senior year?
It’s pretty surreal actually. We were joking during first week of conditioning that people were sleeping on BV. We said we would be in the finals, but we thought we could do it. We needed to relax and be humble. The seniors get to end their careers on a good note. It’s pretty amazing, and I’m proud of us all.
What is your favorite food?
Filet mignon. Steak is one of my favorite foods. It’s one of the best meats, and I like to eat as much as I can.
— Andrew John