Conference Preview: WPIAL Class AA - Section 4

By Greg Williams
PA Director of Scouting

With the start of the high school season less than a week away we will be previewing conferences around the state leading up to opening day. In addition to a look at the top teams we will also highlight some of the top prospects in each conference.

           WPIAL Class AA - Section 4

Preseason Favorite

Shady Side (17-7)

Shady Side was hit with some substantial losses to graduation but returns a strong nucleus of juniors and seniors that make them the early season favorite following a 17 win season in 2013.


in the mix

Greensburg Central Catholic (9-12)

The Centurions bring back ace Collin Liberatore (6-1) and a talented 2016 SS in Tommy Pellis. Several other underclassmen saw considerable innings in 2013 and should be able to slide into spots vacated by four senior starters.


Preseason Player of the Year

Jake KleindlJake Kleindl, Shady Side Academy (Class of 2014)

Kleindl is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound C/1B that is ranked No. 99 in the PA Class of 2014. The right-handed hitter has shown the ability to play two positions defensively at the next level and has some legitimate pop in his bat (92 mph bat exit velocity). Kleindl is a returning All-Section selection.


Top Prospects

east allegheny

Tanner Link, IF (Class of 2014)
Ryan Coles, C (Class of 2015) 

greensburg central catholic

Collin Liberatore, RHP/SS (Class of 2015)
Cole Reese, OF (Class of 2015)
Tommy Pellis, SS (Class of 2016)
Zack Skatell, C (Class of 2016)


Zack Altieri, IF (Class of 2014)
Jonathan Stokum, RHP/2B (Class of 2015) 

shady side

Jake Kleindl, C/1B (Class of 2014)
Chuckie Scales, OF (Class of 2014, Bucknell recruit)
Tim Granato, OF (Class of 2015)
Chris Santucci, 2B/3B (Class of 2015)
Andrew Scherbarth, RHP/1B (Class of 2015)

south allegheny

Dylan Papson, OF (Class of 2015)

steel valley

Andrew Chuba, OF (Class of 2014)
Brandon Donovan, RHP (Class of 2015)


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