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TIGERS BASEBALL SCORES TWO ALL-SECTION PLAYERS
(7/2/12) North Allegheny's Chris Helkowski and Jimmy Divosevic were recently named to the Class AAAA Section 1 All-Section team. Helkowski, a senior, was stingy on the mound this year, recording a 1.17 ERA. He walked only nine all season, while striking out 54 in 60 innings. The right-hander also pitched in several big games for the Tigers, including eight innings in a first-round playoff matchup against Gateway.
Divosevic was among the team leaders with a .375 batting average. This past season, he showed off his combination of power and speed, swatting a pair of home runs, while patrolling center field. The junior will be a key piece returning next year for the Tigers, who look to build on their WPIAL semifinal appearance in 2012.
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BLUE DEVILS SLIP PAST TIGERS, 3-2,
(5/22/12) Mt. Lebanon held off North Allegheny on Monday night by a 3-2 final to advance to the WPIAL Class AAAA Finals next week at CONSOL Energy Park. Brad Bekampis gave the Blue Devils an early 2-0 lead with a two-out, two-run single in the first inning. Pat Goff’s RBI double in the third inning scored Ian Happ and increased the Blue Devils advantage to 3-0. North Allegheny’s Max Lewandowski and Justin Brahim scored on a Mt. Lebanon throwing error in the fifth inning to pull within 3-2, but the Tigers could come no closer over the final two frames.
Starting pitcher Mike Duffy earned the victory for the Blue Devils and Ian Happ picked up the save by retiring the final four batters of the game. NA’s Chris Helkowski was the hard luck loser, allowing three runs (two earned) on just six hits in seven innings. After Mt. Lebanon grabbed the 3-0 lead in the third, Helkowski permitted only two hits the rest of the game and allowed the NA bats the opportunity to mount a comeback. For his efforts, Helkowski was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Mt. Lebanon improves to 14-8 on the year and moves on to the WPIAL championship next week. The Tigers’ season ends with a mark of 13-10.
WP - Mike Duffy LP -Chris Helkowski (4-4) S - Ian Happ
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WPIAL BASEBALL - 2012
The Tigers will compete again in the WPIAL in Class AAAA along with 27 other teams. The top three teams in each section will enter the WPIAL Tournament. All playoff entries will be determined by section record only and will be determined by best section won-lost record. Teams that tie for first place will not have the tie broken and ALL of the tied teams will be declared section champions, will receive a section plaque and will be entered into the WPIAL tournament. If three or more teams tie for first place, only those teams will qualify for the playoffs.
In the event of a multiple tie (two or more teams) for a playoff position, head-to-head competition will be the first determinant. If head-to-head does not break the tie, the following tie-breaking system will be used. If three or more teams are tied for second place and the tie breaking system identifies one team as the second place team, the remaining teams will be then tied for third place and the process begins all over with head-to-head competition being the first determinant for establishing the third place team. If a tie cannot be broken all tied teams will enter the playoffs.
1. Section won-lost records of
the tied teams will be compiled.
In Class AAAA, only two teams will enter the PIAA tournament - the two finalists in the tournament.
Postponed games must be played in order of postponement and scheduled on the first common open date. Make up section games must have preference over exhibition games, JV games and Junior High games EVEN IN A CANCELLATION OF A NON-SECTION GAME IS REQUIRED TO MEET THIS DIRECTIVE.
During all WPIAL section competition, any game that is interrupted by bad weather prior to becoming a legal game will be declared a suspended game and resumed at that point and concluded on the next available playing date.
The Ten Run Rule, ending a game after 4 1/2 or 5 innings, as listed in Rule 4, Section 2, Article 2 of the National Federation Rule Book will be in effect for all regular and post season play. Additionally, the fifteen run rule, ending a game after 3 innings, as listed in the PIAA Rules and Regulations will be in effect as well.
WPIAL Championship play is scheduled to begin the week of May 14, 2012. The finals will be divided between two dates, Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30, 2012. The site will be Consol Energy Field in Washington, PA. The WPIAL reserves the right to make adjustments to play dates during the tournament as it deems necessary.
CLASS AAAA - 28 TEAMS
Any questions or comments should be
directed to Athletic Director Bob