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2020-2021 Game Summaries

Slow-Pitch Softball Falls To North Hills in Season Finale

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North Allegheny slow-pitch softball fell in their last doubleheader of the regular season to North Hills, 24-15 and 11-6, Sunday afternoon at Marshall Middle School.

Game one was tightly contested throughout as North Hills jumped out with four in the top of the first inning but North Allegheny responded with two of their own. Leading 5-3 in the third inning North Hills put together seven straight hits with two outs and extended their lead to 12-3. North Allegheny was trailing 12-5 in the bottom of the fifth when they exploded for eight runs of their own giving themselves their first lead of the day at 13-12. Audrey Laswell had the go-ahead RBI triple to score Emily Yanchak. North Hills though would respond with thirteen runs in the final two innings to pull away with a 24-15 win.

Megan Quinlan was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game going 4-for-4. Katie Marangoni had three hits while Nikki Crean, Evelyn Wiethorn, Lizzie Wetmore, Madi Klinefelter, Claire Medic, and Laswell all had two hits. Yanchak pitched for the Lady Tigers.

Game two was a defensive showcase for North Hills holding the Tigers scoreless until the fourth inning where Marangoni and Klinefelter had RBIs in the inning and was able to cut the lead to 7-2. North Allegheny could never really get it going offensively and ultimately lost the game 11-6. Marangoni was the Wright Automotive Player of the game going 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a single. Wiethorn also added two hits along with Medic and Laswell.

North Allegheny finishes the regular season at 9-5 while North Hills finishes at 10-4. Up next for the Tigers and Indians will be the WPISL Playoffs next weekend.

Tigers Take Two From Peters Township

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North Allegheny’s Slow-Pitch Softball team won with two strong victories, 11-5 and 15-5,  in Peters Township on Sunday.

NA got things started in the first inning when senior Lizzie Wetmore homered on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Peters Township tied things up at five, but NA  put up three runs in the sixth inning, with junior Nikki Crean and sophomore Helen Katyal, knocking in runs.

Junior Evelyn Wiethorn had a great game pitching –  she allowed thirteen hits and five runs over seven innings, striking out one and walking zero.  The best play of the game goes to sophomore Katyal with a phenomenal catch in right center when she snagged the ball over the fence and prevented 3 runs from scoring.

The Tigers racked up 14 hits in the game. Katyal, Wetmore, Crean, junior Sydney Besket, and Wiethorn each collected multiple hits for NA.. Katyal led with three hits in four at bats.

In game two, NA  opened up scoring in the first inning. Senior Katie Marangoni singled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.  They went on to score five runs in the sixth inning. The offensive onslaught  was led by Crean, Marangoni, senior Madi Klinefelter, and sophomore Riley Yates, all driving in runs in the frame.

Wiethorn pitched six innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits and striking out one.

NA launched two home runs on the day. Crean went deep in the sixth inning. Wiethorn went for the long ball in the fourth inning.  NA  had 17 hits in the game. Marangoni,  Senior Claire Medic, senior Carly Snyder, Wetmore, Besket, and Wiethorn all collected multiple hits for NA. Marangoni went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead NA in hits for game two.

With the sweep, North Allegheny improves to 9-3 on the season. The Tigers will host North Hills on Sunday, Oct. 18 in the regular season finale.

Raiders Sweep Twin Bill With Tigers

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The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team fell to Seneca Valley in two tough games on Sunday afternoon, 23-5 and 24-7.

The Raiders offense was relentless and continually pounded the ball, hitting it over the fence countless times.  NA struggled to keep up.

In the second game, there were a few bright spots when junior catcher Sydney Besket made two outs catching foul balls behind home plate and when seniors Lizzie Wetmore and Katie Marangoni both hit home runs.

North Allegheny’s record is 7-3 as they head to take on Peters Township at Peterswood Park at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. next Sunday.

Lady Tigers Walk off Game 1, Fall in Game 2 against Plum

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by Jonathan Spina

NA erased a six-run deficit in game one to win 16-12 but fell in the second game by a score of 18-8 in a weekend double header contest against Plum at Marshall Middle School on Senior Day.

In game one, the Tigers fell behind 4-0 in the second inning but two runs in the bottom of the second and then a two out, bases clearing double by Katie Marangoni gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the day 5-4. Plum responded by giving themselves a 12-6 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth but NA was able to cut the lead to 12-11 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Lizzie Wetmore tied the game with a lead off home run, Marangoni doubled, Madi Klinefelter walked, Emily Yanchak singled and then Audrey Laswell hit a walk off grand slam to give North Allegheny the 16-12 win.

Marangoni was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game in the first game, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two doubles. Claire Medic had three hits and Nikki CreanEvelyn Wiethorn and Sydney Besket all added two hits each.

In game two, the Lady Tigers carried the momentum over with a three-run top of the first but Plum responded by scoring eight runs in the next two innings, giving them the 8-4 lead. The game stayed close throughout but with a slim 9-8 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, Plum was able to score nine runs in the inning and win the game 18-8 to invoke the 10-run rule.

For her efforts, Wetmore was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game, going 1-for-3 with a home run, her second of the day. Klinefelter and Medic each had two hits in the game.

North Allegheny’s record is now 7-1 while Plum goes to 5-5. Up next for the Lady Tigers will be a road trip to Graham Park in Seneca Valley to take on the Raiders next Sunday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

NA Stays Perfect With Sweep of Shaler

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NA swept Shaler this weekend in a double header contest, bringing their record to 6-0.  The Tigers used strong bats and a tight offense to get 12-2 and 16-5 victories over the Titans.

In game one, the Tigers came out of the cage fighting, starting with a two-run homer by junior Megan Quinlan.  Seniors Claire Medic and Lizzie Wetmore and juniors Audrey Laswell, and Nikki Crean each racked up multiple hits for the Tigers. Offensively, the girls played tight, not making a single error the entire game.  The infield combination of Wetmore, Quinlan, and Katie Marangoni (Senior) brought two perfect double plays.

In game two a few errors were made by the Tigers in the first inning, but after that, it was smooth sailing.  The first time at bat brought nine runs in from Wetmore, Marangoni, Carly Snyder (Senior), and Crean.

Emily Yanchak pitched both games with no walks and three strike-outs.

Snyder was named player of the game by the coaches after a number of incredible running, over-the-shoulder catches in left field.

With this third sweep, North Allegheny improves to 6-0 on the season. The Tigers will take on Plum on Sunday at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. from their home turf at Marshall Middle School.  They will also be celebrating their seniors in between the games.  The games will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.