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TIGERS DEFEAT SENECA VALLEY IN EXTRAS, VAULT TO THE PIAA SEMIFINALS
(6/3/13) Senior Matt Waugaman drove in three runs and scored another to help lift North Allegheny to a 4-2 extra inning win over rival Seneca Valley in the PIAA quarterfinals on Friday at Pullman Park. Senior shortstop Brandon Bergstrom set the table for Waugaman on the day, scoring three runs and reaching base four times. James Meeker pitched 8.2 innings of relief to improve to 4-0 on the season and kept the Raiders silent for the last nine innings of the game following a two-run first inning.
Hoping to avenge their WPIAL title game loss to the Tigers last week, Seneca Valley raced to a 2-0 lead in the first inning behind an RBI triple by Sam Fragale and an RBI groundout by Carson Kessler. Starting pitcher Mitch Machi, whoís been terrific this season with a 7-0 record, didnít have his best stuff on this day as NA turned to Meeker in relief in the second inning with two on and one out. Catcher Justin Dattilo caught one runner napping off of second base and Meeker punched out Gianpaul Gonzalez to end the Raiders threat in the second.
With Meeker holding down the Raiders, the Tigers began to trim the deficit in the fourth inning when Bergstrom led off with a single and stole second base with one out. Waugaman clubbed a triple to score Bergstrom and the Raiders lead was cut to 2-1. To his credit, Seneca Valley pitcher Connor Coward left Waugaman stranded at third base by retiring the next two batters without damage and was terrific on the bump. Coward tossed eight innings and struck out 13 batters while walking none.
However, the Tigers did get to Coward again in the sixth inning when Bergstrom once again led off with a single and was sacrificed to second base on a bunt by Meeker. Waugaman followed with an RBI single and the game was tied 2-2. The contest remained deadlocked until the top of the 10th. Bergstrom reached base on a walk by Raiders reliever Jason Martin. Following a Meeker fly-out for the inning's second out, Waugaman drove a double to right-center field that scored Bergstrom to give the Tigers the lead, 3-2. On the Wauagaman double, Bergstrom scored from first base and managed to avoid a tag from SV catcher Brad Gresock on a vicious collision and play at the plate. With the go-ahead run already in, North Allegheny added to their lead with an RBI single by Jimmy Divosvic to bring the score to 4-2, Tigers. In the bottom of the 10th, Meeker pitched a 1-2-3 inning to vault the Tigers to the PIAA Semifinals.
North Allegheny improves to 22-4 on the season while the Raidersí campaign ends with a 19-5 mark. The Tigers will face Lower Dauphin in the state semifinals on Monday at 4:00 pm from Somerset High School.
WP - James Meeker (4-0) LP - Jason
MONPER MYSTIFIES HEMPFIELD, TIGERS WIN 3-1
(6/3/13) Jason Monper pitched a complete game and North Allegheny won its ninth game in a row, shutting down the Hempfield Spartans, 3-1. Monper gave up just three hits, while striking out ten, to earn Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. After giving up his lone run of the game, he bounced back to retired 13 of the final 14 batters.
The Tigers struck for all their runs in the first inning. With one out, James Meeker singled to center field on a 2-0 fastball from Hempfield starter Zach Martinelli. Martinelli also fell behind the next hitter, Matt Waugaman. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Waugaman hammered a pitch over the right field fence to give North Allegheny a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Divosevic subsequently doubled, and scored the Tigers' third run on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Hempfield had opportunities to score early in the game, but stranded two runners in the second and third innings, while scoring just one run. From that moment on, they could only muster one additional base runner against Monper.
With the win, North Allegheny extends its record to 21-4. Thursday, they will take on Seneca Valley at Shaler's Matulevic Field. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 pm. The North Allegheny Sports Network will broadcast the game, with pregame scheduled a few minutes before first pitch.
WP - Jason Monper LP - Zack
TIGERS TOP RAIDERS FOR WPIAL CROWN, 4-2
(5/29/13) North Allegheny captured its first WPIAL baseball title since 2009 with a 4-2 victory over rival Seneca Valley on Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park. In doing so, the Tigers denied the Raiders' attempt for their third straight WPIAL championship. A superb pitching effort from Mitch Machi, solid defense, and well-executed bunts propelled the Tigers to the title.
Seneca Valley started the scoring in the top of the second as a Zach Spangler sacrifice fly scored Carson Kessler. Kessler doubled on a bloop down the right field line to begin the frame, but they could muster just three additional hits during the game against Machi. North Allegheny answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Sean Fitzgerald singled to left. Zach Woloszyk followed with an infield hit to second base. Raiders starter Connor Coward looked to be out of the inning after striking out Machi, but the ball bounced away from catcher Brad Gresock, and Machi reached to extend the inning. A bases-loaded walk to Brandon Bergstrom forced home Fitzgerald, and Coward subsequently balked home Woloszyk, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
For solid defense from his shortstop position, Brandon Bergstrom was named Wright Automotive Player of the Game. He also set the table with a leadoff double in the fifth inning, allowing the Tigers to add some insurance runs. James Meeker put down a sacrifice bunt, but upon fielding the ball, Coward opted to throw to second to try and eliminate Bergstrom. The Tigers' shortstop dove back safely, giving North Allegheny runners on first and second with no outs. Matt Waugaman looked to sacrifice the runners over, but like the Meeker bunt, Seneca Valley could not record an out. Gresock fielded the bunt and overthrew first base, letting Bergstrom score the Tigers' third run. Jimmy Divosevic squeezed home Meeker from third to extend the lead to 4-1.
Seneca scored a run in the sixth, and forced Machi from the game after having the tying run reach base in the seventh, but Jason Monper recorded back to back strikeouts for the final two outs to pick up the save and cap off the WPIAL Championship for North Allegheny.
With the win, the Tigers extend their
record to 20-4. Along with Seneca Valley, they will advance to the
PIAA playoffs. Their first round matchup will be a rematch with
the Spartans of Hempfield. In their matchup in the WPIAL
semifinals, North Allegheny defeated Hempfield 3-0. The Spartans
punched their ticket to the state playoffs with a 9-2 victory over
Pine-Richland in the WPIAL AAAA third place game. The game against
Hempfield will be played at a time and location to be determined.
Check the North Allegheny Sports Network for more information as soon as
it is available.
WP - Mitch Machi (7-0) LP -
Carson Coward S - Jason Monper (1)
MACHI BAFFLES HEMPFIELD IN
by Lee Mohn
(5/22/13) The North Allegheny Tigers advanced to the WPIAL finals Tuesday afternoon winning a pitchersí duel and defeating Hempield, 3-0. Mitch Machi and Zack Martinelli battled for the Tigers and Spartans and each pitcher was very good. Machi pitched a two-hit shutout and Martinelli gave up only six hits and three runs. Machi was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
North Allegheny scored the only run they needed in the bottom of the first inning when Brandon Bergstom walked to lead off the inning. Bergstrom was sacrificed to second by James Meeker, and with two outs, was driven in by Jimmy Divosevic. Hempfield threatened in the third inning when with two outs Nathan Mori walked and Joey Defloria reached on an error. They both moved up 90 feet after a balk, but Machi got Greg Martin to fly out to end the inning.
The Tigers added the insurance runs they needed in the bottom of the sixth inning. Meeker led off with a single and was sacrificed to second. That was followed by a clutch two out single by Justin Datillo that brought home Meeker to make it 2-0, Tigers. J.T. Zeitler followed with another single to make the score 3-0.
Hempfield stranded eight runners thanks to three walks and three errors but could not come up with the big hit. North Allegheny will now move on to play section rival Seneca Valley for the WPIAL championship while Hempfield will take on Pine Richland for the number three seed in the upcoming PIAA tournament.
WP - Mitch Machi (6-0) LP -
TIGERS WRANGLE MUSTANGS IN WPIAL QUARTERFINALS, 5-0
(5/15/13) North Allegheny pitchers Mitch Machi and James Meeker combined for a seven-hit shutout on Wednesday afternoon as the Tigers defeated the Plum Mustangs, 5-0, in the Class AAAA WPIAL Quarterfinals from Matulevic Field. Machi sidestepped his way through numerous jams to blank the Mustangs through five innings. Meeker earned his first save of the season with two innings of clean relief, striking out three. Thanks to Machiís ability to hold Plum at bay, the junior hurler was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
After North Allegheny grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI ground out by Matt Waugaman in the first inning, Machi was put to the test in the second inning when Plum collected three consecutive infield singles, including two bunt singles, to load the bases with nobody out. For the inningís first out, Machi induced a popup from Plum catcher Eric Bellasario to keep the bases loaded. Then, the Mustangs Andrew Dawson attempted a squeeze bunt but lined his bunt attempt back to Machi who then doubled-up the runner at third to end the inning and keep the Tigers in front, 1-0.
The Mustangs threatened again in the third inning, with runners galloping to first and third with two outs. However, another squeeze attempt by Plum went awry when Ethan Weinsberg took a first pitch strike and NA catcher Justin Dattilo picked off Zach Sansonettie from third base for the third out to shut down the Mustangs uprising.
With Machi and the Tigers defense controlling the Plum lineup, North Allegheny started to pull away from the Mustangs down the home stretch. In the fifth inning, Jimmy Divosevic scored Waugaman with an RBI single to improve the lead to 2-0. The Tigers added on in the sixth inning when Brandon Bergstrom trotted home on a Plum error to stretch the lead to 3-0. North Allegheny capped the scoring in the seventh inning on back-to-back squeeze bunt RBIís by Zach Woloszyk and Machi to put the game away, 5-0.
With the victory, North Allegheny improves to 18-4 on the season and advances to the WPIAL semifinals. Plumís season ends with a record of 15-7.
WP - Mitch Machi (5-0) LP - Alex
Kiriloff (3-2) SV - James Meeker (1)
TIGERS FEND OFF NORWIN'S LATE PUSH, 6-4
(5/13/13) In a game that turned into a nail biter late, the second-seeded North Allegheny Tigers held off the 15th seeded Norwin Knights, 6-4, at Matulevic Field in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs. The Knights took an early 1-0 lead on a two-out triple by Jake Pribanic in the first inning, but the lead didnít last long as the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the second. Jimmy Divosevic and Justin Dattilo were hit by pitches to start the second inning and a balk moved the runners to second and third. After Norwin starter Noah Smith struck out one batter, J.T. Zeitler drove home Divosevic with a sacrifice fly to tie the score, 1-1. Sean Fitzgerald followed that up with an RBI single to give NA a 2-1 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Tigers capitalized on two Norwin errors with two-out RBI singles by Matt Waugaman, Divosevic and Dattilo to open up a 6-1 lead. North Allegheny appeared to be cruising toward an opening round victory until the Knights fought back in the final inning. An NA error allowed Cody Sharik and C.J. Melocchi to score, trimming the lead to 6-3 with one-out in the top of the seventh. The rally continued two batters later when Casey Rebosky singled home Dylan Sabo with two outs and the score was cut to 6-4, Tigers. Back-to-back walks by Noah Smith and J.J. Matijevic loaded the bases for Penn State recruit Jake Pribanic. Facing Sean Fitzgerald who was working in relief, the Norwin senior laced a line drive to right-center but NA outfielder Lucas Hilderbrand was there to make the catch and the Tigers survived with a 6-4 victory. For his efforts at the plate and on the mound to secure the victory, Fitzgerald was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
On the hill, Tigersí starter Jason Monper earned the win with 5.2 innings of work, allowing only one run on two hits. Norwin hurler Noah Smith was the hard luck loser, despite tossing a complete game. Smith allowed six runs on six hits, but only two of those runs were earned. Fitzgerald faced two batters in the seventh and collected the final out for his third save of the season.
North Allegheny improves to 17-4 on the season and will face the Plum Mustangs in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Norwinís season ends with a 9-8 record. The Tigers playoff contest against Plum will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. At the time of this writing, the site and time are to be determined.
WP - Jason Monper (5-1) LP - Noah
Smith SV - Sean Fitzgerald (3)
TIGERS REIGN IN MUSTANGS, 12-2
(5/5/13) The North Allegheny Baseball Team pummeled the Plum Mustangs on Saturday afternoon in their regular season finale, 12-2. The Tigers jumped on the Mustangs for an 8-2 lead after two innings and rolled to the win. Every NA player in the starting lineup collected a base hit along with either a run scored or RBI. Senior Jimmy Divosevic led the NA hit parade by going 2-for-4 with three RBIís and two runs scored. Senior Zach Woloszyk posted a 2-for-4 afternoon with two RBIís. Plum pitcher David Cross was punished by the Tigers, serving up nine runs on 10 hits in five innings on the bump.
Junior pitcher Tyler Saundry got the start for North Allegheny in the afternoon finale, tossing six innings for his third win of the season. Saundry wrangled the Mustangs with strikeouts, allowing only three hits and three runs (two earned). Sean Fitzgerald pitched a scoreless seventh inning with a pair of strikeouts.
North Allegheny ends the regular season with a 16-4 record and will await the release of the WPIAL Class AAAA brackets to determine their seeding and first round opponent. Plum drops to 14-5 on the year with a third place finish in Section 3.
WP - Tyler Saundry (3-1) LP - David
TIGERS END INDIANS PLAYOFF HOPES WITH 10-4 WIN
(5/3/13) North Allegheny eliminated their arch rivals from the playoff hunt with a 10-4 victory at Herb Field on Friday afternoon. The Tigers tomahawked Indians pitching with a 15-hit attack, led by a 4-for-4 performance by first baseman Matt Waugaman. The senior collected two doubles, two runs, and three RBIís on his way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
Spots two through four in the batting ordered tortured any and all of the North Hills pitchers who took the mound. Indians starter Cameron Lawson was chased after three innings and reliever Nick Lisanti lasted only 1/3 of an inning with the only out he recorded coming on a sacrifice bunt. Of the North Hills pitchers, Eric Brimmeier lasted the longest by tossing 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Of the Tigers batting in spots two through four, James Meeker, Matt Waugaman and Jimmy Divosevic combined for a 10-for-12 performance with eight RBIís.
On the mound for the Tigers, Meeker earned the victory with five innings of work, limiting the Indians to four runs (three earned) on six hits. Zach Woloszyk pitched efficiently in relief, keeping North Hills scoreless in his two innings on the mound.
With the win, North Allegheny locks up the second spot in Section 1 with a 7-3 record and 15-4 mark overall. North Hills misses the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season with the loss, dropping to 9-9 overall and 5-5 in section play. The Tigers have one more regular season game remaining with a visit to Plum on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4:00 pm.
WP - James Meeker LP - Cameron
TIGERS SECURE PLAYOFF SPOT WITH WIN OVER NEW CASTLE
by Dave Floyd
(5/1/13) North Allegheny clinched a spot in the WPIAL playoffs with an 11-2 home victory over New Castle Tuesday evening. The Tigers used a seven-run fourth inning to blow a tie game wide open and secure the Section 1-AAAA win.
After New Castle opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning, North Allegheny answered in the bottom of the frame. Senior shortstop Brandon Bergstrom led off with a double and eventually came around to score on an errant pick-off attempt by the pitcher. The Hurricanes notched a run in the top of the second inning, as well, but the Tigers answered again when senior right fielder Sean Fitzgerald singled home junior designated hitter Jason Monper.
The teams then traded zeros until the bottom of the fourth when the Tigers registered their big inning. They cranked out six hits, drew one walk and took advantage of a wild pitch to plate those seven runners and take control of the contest. The big blow came in the form of a two-out, bases-clearing double by senior catcher Justin Dattilo. Two innings later, he added a two-RBI double to close the scoring.
Fittingly, on Senior Night, Dattilo finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, five RBI and a run scored. For his efforts, he was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
Bergstrom also had a quality game at the dish, finishing with two hits, two RBI and a run scored. Monper added two hits of his own and scored two runs.
Junior Mitch Machi picked up the victory on the mound for the Tigers, moving his record to 4-0 on the season. The right hander pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, while striking out seven and walking four. Senior Jimmy Divosevic struck out two in one inning of work, and Fitzgerald came on in the top of the seventh to finish the game, yielding just one hit.
victory, the Tigers improve to 14-4 overall and 6-3 in Section 1-AAAA.
North Alleghenyís lone section contest remaining is Friday afternoon at
North Hills. That game will be aired live on the NA Sports Network.
First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
WP - Mitch Machi LP - M. Graziani
MONPER BAFFLES BUTLER 2-0
(4/30/13) Starter Jason Monper stifled the Golden Tornado on Tuesday night at Pullman Park as North Allegheny blanked Butler, 2-0. The junior right-hander allowed just four hits in seven innings, striking out six batters in a complete game effort. Butlerís Adam Schaffner was effective as well, going the distance with five strikeouts and allowing just two runs on six hits.
With Monper and Schaffner locked in a pitchersí duel, the Tigers pushed the first run of the game across the plate in the third inning. With runners at first and third base and nobody out, senior James Meeker delivered an RBI single to score Sean Fitzgerald to put the Tigers in front, 1-0. North Allegheny added another run in the fourth inning when junior Mitch Machi singled home Monper to increase the Tigers advantage to 2-0. Those two runs would stand up as Monper continued to baffle Butler batters for the remainder of the night.
North Allegheny improves to 13-4 overall and 5-3 in Section 1-AAAA. Butler drops to 1-14 overall and remains winless in section play with an 0-8 mark. The Tigers can clinch a playoff berth with a victory against the New Castle Red Hurricanes tonight. First pitch is slated for 7:00 pm and the game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.
WP - Jason Monper LP - Adam
RAIDERS EDGE TIGERS ON WALK-OFF HOMER, 3-2
(4/25/13) Seneca Valley catcher Brad Gresock clubbed a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to propel the Raiders over North Allegheny on Thursday afternoon, 3-2. Gresockís long ball keeps SV undefeated in section play and puts the Raiders in the driverís seat toward a Section 1 crown. Starting Pitcher Connor Coward earned the victory with a complete game effort, striking out nine batters. The loss snapped an eight game winning streak for the Tigers.
The Raiders built a 2-0 lead over the Tigers courtesy of an RBI single by Carson Kessler in the first inning and a Tigers error that scored Johnny Bittner in the fourth. North Allegheny fought hard against the two-time WPIAL champions, grinding down the Raiders in the fifth inning. Zach Woloszyk led off the fifth with an infield single and advanced to second on a Seneca Valley throwing error. An out later, NA third baseman James Meeker singled home Woloszyk and the Tigers trimmed the score to 2-1. Senior Matt Waugaman followed by punishing a Coward fastball over the head of centerfielder Jon Dorogy for an RBI triple to tie the game, 2-2.
Among NAís top efforts in the game, Meeker reached base three times, driving in a run and scoring the game tying run. For his play, Meeker was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game. After the Tigers tied the game in the fifth, both teams left a runner aboard in the sixth inning before Gresock drove in the game winner with his walk-off homer.
Winners of nine in-a-row, Seneca Valley improves to 9-2 overall and 6-0 in Section 1. The loss drops North Allegheny to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in section play. The Tigers return to the diamond on Monday night with a visit to Butler. Game time is slated at 7:00 pm.
WP - Connor Coward LP - Jimmy
TIGERS WIN EIGHTH STRAIGHT, CLIP FOXES, 4-1
(4/23/13) North Allegheny broke a scoreless tie with two-runs in the fourth inning, and added two more in the fifth, to claim a 4-1 win over the Fox Chapel Foxes on Tuesday night. NA starter Jason Monper earned the win with five solid innings on the hill, allowing one run and striking out three batters. Fox Chapel hurler Chad Bartlett tossed three scoreless to start the game, but surrendered four runs (three earned) over the next two frames, giving the Tigers the win in a section rematch.
Fox Chapel won the earlier contest between these two teams behind a complete game effort by Bartlett, and it appeared he and Foxes were ready to stymie the Tigers again. However, in the bottom of the fourth inning, junior Mitch Machi reached on a dropped third strike by the Fox Chapel catcher and eventually came around to score on a throwing error to give NA a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Sean Fitzgerald drove home a run with a sacrifice fly to improve the Tigers lead to 2-0.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Foxes had runners at the corners with nobody out, but Monper quieted the inning with a double-play ball off the bat Taylor Huber. The runner from third still scored on the Huber double-play to make it 2-1, but the potential for a big inning was extinguished by Monper. Senior Jimmy Divosevic rewarded Monper with some breathing room, smacking a clutch two-out, two-run double to score James Meeker and Matt Waugaman for a 4-1 lead. With Monper done on the hill after five innings, Fitzgerald made sure the score would stand by striking out five of the six batters he faced to pick up his second save of the season.
North Allegheny has won eight games in-a-row and improves to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in Section 1-AAAA. Fox Chapel tumbles to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in the section. The Tigers have the day off before a visit to section leader Seneca Valley on Thursday afternoon. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. Start time is slated for 4:00 pm.
WP - Jason Monper (3-1) LP - Chad
Bartlett SV - Sean Fitzgerald (2)
TIGERS BLOWOUT SHALER, 9-0
(4/23/13) A six-run third inning sparked a 9-0 blowout win for North Allegheny over the Shaler Titans on Monday night. The big inning provided more than enough run support for starter Tyler Saundry who tossed a complete game, three-hitter. Saundry struck out five batters for his second win of the season.
Senior Matt Waugaman led the offensive charge by belting a pair of triples for two RBIís and two runs scores. Senior Jimmy Divosevic drove in a pair of runs, while James Meeker, Sean Fitzgerald and Mitch Machi all posted RBI singles for the Tigers.
North Allegheny improves to 11-3 with the non-section win. Shaler falls to 6-6 after the defeat. The Tigers return to section play as NA hosts the Fox Chapel Foxes tonight at 7:00 from NASH.
WP - Tyler Saundry (2-1) LP - Carter
TIGERS TAKE TWO FOR IMPRESSIVE DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP
(4/21/13) North Allegheny swept a doubleheader this weekend against two top-five teams in Class AAAA, with non-section wins over Hempfield and Pine-Richland. In game one, junior pitcher Mitch Machi tossed a complete game, three-hit shutout against the Spartans. Machi struck out eight batters, and added two RBIís at the plate to provide more than enough run support for the win.
In game two the Tigers took on their former section rival, the Pine-Richland Rams, who sit in first place in Section 4. North Allegheny trailed 6-4 to the top-ranked Rams before taking the lead for good with a six-run fifth inning. The big inning was sparked by a bases clearing, three-run double by Sean Fitzgerald that gave the Tigers a 7-6 advantage. NA added on thanks to an RBI single by Brandon Bergstrom, and RBI single by Machi, and a sacrifice fly by Jimmy Divosevic to make the score 10-6, Tigers. The lead held for the Tigers as Divosevic earned the win in relief, tossing 3.1 innings and punching out six batters.
North Allegheny improves to 10-3 overall after the doubleheader sweep on Saturday and will return to the diamond on Monday night for a meeting with another former section rival, the Shaler Titans. The non-section contest will get underway at 7:00 pm from NASH.
GAME SUMMARY (game one)
WP - Mitch Machi (3-0) LP - Tyler
GAME SUMMARY (game two)
WP - Jimmy Divosevic (1-1) LP - N/A
MONPER QUIETS INDIANS, TIGERS TOP
(4/19/13) North Allegheny picked up an important section win on Thursday night with an 8-1 victory over the rival North Hills Indians. NA starter Jason Monper earned the victory with six superb innings, allowing just three hits and punching out four batters. Seniors Justin Dattilo and Zach Woloszyk helped pace the lineup with two RBIís apiece.
On a three game winning streak heading into Thursday nightís game, and playing their best baseball in years, the Indians were hoping to build on their momentum under first-year head coach Randy Miller. North Hills looked as if they would continue to ride that wave in the first inning when Cameron Lawson gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with a two-out, RBI single that scored John Carroll University recruit James Molnar.
In the opening frame, Monper surrendered one run on three hits to the Indians. That would be the only time in the game Monper allowed a run or a hit throughout the remainder of his outing. Monper closed the first inning with a strikeout of Kevin Koch, which was the first of 14 in-a-row set down by the right-hander. The only other baser runners to reach against Monper came in the sixth inning on a one-out walk and error. Monper cleaned up that inning with back-to-back strikeouts of Lawson and T.J. Winkler.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second, Sean Fitzgerald tied the score with a two-out single that scored J.T. Zeitler from second base. A batter later, Woloszyk delivered an opposite field double to right to put NA ahead, 2-1. It was Woloszykís first RBI of the season, and he would add his second two innings later.
Two errors by the Indians helped set the table for the Tigers in the fourth inning, giving NA a bases loaded situation with one-out. North Hillsí pitcher Cameron Lawson uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Luke Zahren to trot home from third for a 3-1 Tigers lead. With runners at second and third, Woloszyk came through again with an RBI single to drive home Zeitler and the lead swelled to 4-1, Tigers. Senior shortstop Brandon Bergstrom, who made several terrific plays defensively in the game, laid down a squeeze bunt to score Fitzgerald from third for a 5-1 advantage.
With the Indians frazzled, Dattilo put North Hills away with a two-run single in the fifth inning. Zeitler capped the scoring a batter later with an RBI groundout to bring the final to 8-1, Tigers. Woloszyk not only drove in a pair of runs the Tigers, but closed out the game on the mound with a scoreless seventh innings, allowing just one hit. Lawson suffered the loss for the Indians with 4.2 innings of work, allowing eight runs (five earned) with two strikeouts.
North Allegheny improves to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in Section 1-AAAA. North Hills falls to 7-5 overall and 3-2 in section play. The Tigers will face neighborhood rival Pine-Richland tonight in a non-section affair. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 pm at NASH.
WP -Jason Monper (2-1) LP - Cameron
SAUNDRY PITCHES GEM AGAINST McKEESPORT IN 7-0 WIN
(4/17/13) Junior pitcher Tyler Saundry tossed a complete game three-hitter as North Allegheny blanked McKeesport on Wednesday night, 7-0. Saundry struck out six batters and walked only one, earning his first win of the season. The NA lineup scored single runs in the first and third innings before putting away McKeesport with a four-run fifth.
North Alleghenyís lineup was bolstered by the continued hot hitting of Matt Waugaman who delivered two hits, two runs and two RBIís. Senior centerfielder Jimmy Divosevic singled three times and drove in a run, while J.T. Zeitler and Mitch Machi contributed two hits apiece.
North Allegheny improves to 6-3 with the non-section win. McKeesport drops to 1-6 on the season. NA returns to section play on Thursday night with a home meeting with the North Hills Indians. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. First pitch is slated for 7:00 pm.
WP - Tyler Saundry (1-1) LP - Zach
WAUGAMAN'S HOMER LIFTS NA OVER NEW CASTLE, 2-1
(4/15/13) A Matt Waugaman two-run blast in the fourth inning provided North Allegheny with just enough to edge past the New Castle Red Hurricanes, 2-1, on Monday afternoon at Flaherty Field. Waugamanís home-run, his second of the season, broke a scoreless tie in the fourth and brought home James Meeker who reached on an error to start the inning. New Castle scored one run in the bottom of the fifth on a Jalen Cox RBI single to cut the score to 2-1, but that was the closest the Canes would get.
North Allegheny starter Mitch Machi grinded his way to the victory with 4.1 innings of work, allowing just one run on four hits. The junior struck out one batter while walking four. Jimmy Divosevic picked up the save with 2.2 innings of scoreless baseball and punched out five batters. New Castleís Adama Vastuno pitched a complete game in a losing effort, with his only mistake being the long ball he allowed to Waugaman.
North Allegheny jumps to 6-3 overall and climb to 2-2 in Section 1-AAAA. New Castle drops to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in section play. The Tigers will face a non-section opponent on Wednesday night from NASH as North Allegheny welcomes McKeesport. Start time is slated for 7:00 pm.
WP - Mitch Machi (2-0) LP - Adama
Vastuno S - Jimmy Divosevic (2)
TIGERS BATTER BUTLER FOR FIRST SECTION WIN, 12-3
(4/13/13) North Allegheny used a five-run first inning to jump on the Butler Golden Tornado and sew up an important section win, 12-3, on Saturday afternoon. Six different Tigers posted multi-hit games in a bust out performance in Section 1-AAAA.
North Allegheny and Butler both entered the game with 0-2 section marks, and determined to not drop to 0-3, the Tigers set the tone early in the game with defense and pitching. Coming off a perfect game last week, senior James Meeker didnít allow a hit until the fifth inning and picked up his second win on the season. The defense behind him was superb, and on the opening batter of the game catcher Justin Dattilo threw out Butler lead-off hitter Ryan Vero on what appeared to be a certain infield single. The weakly hit ground ball by Vero rolled slowly up the third base line and Dattilo quickly raced to the ball, spun and threw out Vero for the gameís first out. From there, Meeker and the Tigers defense kept the Golden Tornado silent for most of the game.
With Butler struggling to solve Meeker, the NA lineup chased opposing hurler Robert Stamm from the game in the second inning and constructed an 8-0 lead by the third inning. After a brief upsurge by the Golden Tornado in the top of the fifth cut the score to 8-3, the Tigers answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double by Meeker and a two-run homer by Mitch Machi, his second of the season, to improve the NA lead to 11-3. Machi finished with a 2-for-4, four RBI day while Meeker was 4-for-4 with an RBI. For his efforts at the plate and on the mound, Meeker was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
In the sixth inning, the Tigers finished off the scoring with an RBI ground out by Alex Correa that scored Jimmy Divosevec from third base to bring the score to 12-3. Also joining in the NA hit parade, shortstop Brandon Bergstrom was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored. Justin Dattilo drove in two runs with a first inning double, and Divosevec, Matt Waugaman and Sean Fitzgerald all collected two hits apiece. In all, the Tigers collected 16 hits and scored a run in every inning but the fourth.
North Allegheny improves to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in Section 1. Butler drops to 1-8 on the season and 0-3 in section play. The Tigers hope to continue their winning ways on Monday afternoon with a visit to New Castle. First pitch is slated for 4:00 pm.
WP - James Meeker (2-0) LP - Robert Stamm
SENECA VALLEY SLIPS PAST TIGERS, 3-2
(4/8/13) Seneca Valley scored two runs in the top of the sixth to rally for a 3-2 victory over North Allegheny on Thursday afternoon. Three North Allegheny errors led to all three SV runs on the day as the Raiders edged the Tigers for an early section win. Leftfielder Mitch Machi had the most productive day for the Tigers, reaching base three times, driving home a run and throwing out Raiders speedster Jon Dorogy at home plate in the third inning. For his efforts, Machi was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.
A first inning miscue by the Tigers spotted the Raiders a first inning run, but North Allegheny revved up their bats in the middle innings to tie the game and take the lead. SV starter Connor Coward walked Zach Woloszyk to start the third inning and surrendered a single to Brandon Bergstrom to push Woloszyk to second. Following a strikeout, Coward hit Justin Dattilo with a pitch to load the bases for Machi. The junior outfielder came through with an RBI single to score Woloszyk and the game was tied, 1-1. To Cowardís credit, the Raiders hurler left the bases loaded with a strikeout and fly out to end the Tigers threat.
In the fourth inning, first baseman Matt Waugaman started the frame with a single and later scored on a two-out RBI double by Bergstrom on an 0-2 curveball. Cowardís mistake pitch helped the Tigers take a 2-1 lead, which NA held until the top of the sixth.
North Allegheny starter Jason Monper performed well through the first five innings, but allowed a single to Johnny Brittner to open the sixth. An errant pick-off throw at first base, coupled with another errant throw into third on the same play allowed Brittner to come all the way home to even the score at 2-2. Monper yielded a walk to the next batter and his outing was through. With Sean Fitzgerald on the mound in relief, Seneca Valley proceeded to load the bases with nobody out. After a strikeout by Jason Martin for the innings first out, Zach Spangler singled home a run to give the Raiders a 3-2 lead. From there, Fitzgerald did superb work to limit the damage, striking out the next two batters to end the inning.
Down by a run, the Tigers would get the game tying runner into scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings, but could not find the equalizer as NA fell to the two-time WPIAL champions, 3-2. Monper took the loss with five-plus innings of work, allowing three runs (two earned) with two strikeouts and three walks. Coward picked up the win for Seneca Valley with a complete game effort, striking out seven while walking three.
North Allegheny drops to 4-3 overall and 0-2 in Section 1-AAAA. Seneca Valley improves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in section play. The Tigers hope to shake off the loss on Friday night with a home contest against the Butler Golden Tornado. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. First pitch is slated for 7:00 pm.
WP - Connor Coward LP - Jason
DUQUETTE HOMER PROPELS FOXES PAST TIGERS, 4-3
(4/8/13) Fox Chapel rallied for runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to upend the North Allegheny Baseball Team on Monday afternoon, 4-3, in the Section 1-AAAA opener. The Tigers constructed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Brandon Bergstrom scored on a Justin Datillo sacrifice fly and James Meeker trotted home on a Jimmy Divosevic RBI single. Fox Chapel evened the score at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning, but NA regained the lead in the fourth when Matt Waugaman clubbed a solo home run over the centerfield wall. Waugamanís smash gave NA a 3-2 lead, which the Tigers maintained until the fifth.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, NA starter Mitch Machi surrendered a lead-off double to Taylor Huber and struck out a batter before exiting the contest. With Huber at second base and one out, Divosevic checked into the contest in relief to face Joe Palumbo. After Huber advanced to third on a stolen base, Palumbo drove home the game tying run with a sacrifice fly and the score was even, 3-3. In the bottom of the sixth, Fox Chapel grabbed the lead on a Connor Duquette solo homer and the Foxes hung on in the seventh for a 4-3 win.
For North Allegheny, Bergstrom posted a 2-for-4 day with a pair of stolen bases. On the mound, Machi tossed 4.1 innings, allowed three runs and struck out six batters. Divosevic took the loss with 1.2 of relief, allowing one run on one hit. Chad Bartlett picked up the win for the Foxes, tossing a complete game and striking out four with no walks.
North Allegheny falls to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in Section 1. Fox Chapel jumps to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the section. The Tigers will try to bounce back on Wednesday against the two-time WPIAL champions, Seneca Valley. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. First pitch is slated for 7:00 pm.
WP - Chad Bartlett LP - Jimmy
MEEKER PERFECT AS TIGERS BLANK NORWIN,
(4/7/13) North Allegheny senior James Meeker tossed a perfect game on Saturday afternoon, part of a 12-0 five inning shutout over the Norwin Knights. The victory was the first in a doubleheader sweep by the Tigers, which included a 4-1 triumph over the McDowell Trojans.
In game one, Meeker did not allow a base-runner through five innings and struck out a pair in a fantastic performance. The game lasted only five innings because the NA bats pummeled Norwin pitching to invoke the 10-run rule. Matt Waugaman paced the line-up by going 2-for-2 with five RBIís.
Against McDowell in game two of the twin bill, Meeker helped NA defeat the Trojans with his bat with a 2-for-3 day and two RBIís. Justin Datillo and Jimmy Divosevic also drove in runs in the win. Senior J.T. Zeitler earned the victory by allowing just one run in six innings of work. Zeitler struck out three during his outing. Divosevic closed out the ball-game with a scoreless seventh for the save.
The Tigers improve to 4-1 on the season and will visit Fox Chapel on Monday night in their section opener.
GAME SUMMARY (game one)
WP - James Meeker (1-0) LP - Steve
GAME SUMMARY (game two)
WP - J. T. Zeitler (1-0) LP - Borsa SV - Jimmy Divosevic (1)
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HAMPTON EDGES TIGERS, 2-1
(4/6/13) A day after the Tigers scored 15 runs against Blackhawk, Hampton limited North Allegheny to just one run in a 2-1 victory for the Talbots on Friday afternoon. Hampton broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth when Steve Dayton scored on a passed ball to give the Talbots the eventual game-winning run. The Tigers lone run scored just a half inning earlier when Zach Woloszyk trotted home on a Justin Datillo RBI single.
Both teams pitched well as Tyler Saundry was the hard luck loser for NA, allowing two runs on three hits in five innings of work. Sean Fitzgerald tossed one inning of scoreless relief. For Hampton, Ben Vey got the start and the victory, limiting the Tigers to one run and four hits over five innings. Brandon Marsonek picked up the save in the top of the seventh.
North Allegheny falls to 2-1 on the season while Hampton improves to 4-1 overall after the non-section affair. The Tigers will host a doubleheader this afternoon with a 1 pm contest against Norwin, followed by a 5 pm meeting with McDowell.
WP - Ben Vey LP - Tyler Saundry (0-1)
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TIGERS BATTER BLACKHAWK, 15-5
(4/4/13) On what was by far the best spring weather day to date, the North Allegheny Baseball Team trampled Blackhawk, 15-5, on Thursday afternoon. It was an equally fine day for the NA bats as the Tigers line-up pounded out 17 hits, stole six bases, and jumped on Blackhawk for a 9-4 lead after two innings. North Allegheny put the game on ice with a six-run fifth inning to invoke the 10-run rule.
Leading the NA hit parade was senior Matt Waugaman who drove in a game-high three runs with a 3-for-4 effort. Senior Sean Fitzgerald also went 3-for-4, scoring three runs and driving in a pair. Additionally, Justin Datillo, Mitch Machi, and J.T. Zeitler each had two RBIís.
On the mound, Jason Monper got the start and earned the victory with three innings of work and five strike outs. In relief, Zeitler and Jimmy Divosevic combined for two scoreless innings of one-hit ball. For Blackhawk, Rich Rowe took the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, and was chased after just one inning on the hill.
The Tigers improve to 2-0 with the win and will visit the Hampton Talbots in a non-section game on Friday. Blackhawk drops to 0-2 and will try to bounce back on Saturday with home contest against Sto-Rox.
WP - Jason Monper (1-0) LP - Rich Rowe
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TIGERS OPEN SEASON WITH WIN OVER GATEWAY, 7-5
(4/3/13) In a rematch of last yearís WPIAL First Round meeting, North Allegheny jumped on Gateway in the early innings on their way to a 7-5 win over the Gators in the season opener. For the Gators, the 2013 season began the same way as the 2012 campaign ended, with a loss to the Tigers. In Wednesdayís affair, Mitch Machi homered and drove in a pair of runs to lead the Tigers. Not done there, Machi tossed five innings from the bump and punched out six batters to earn the win.
In the first inning, Machi gave himself some early run support with an RBI groundout that scored James Meeker and the Tigers held a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, J.T. Zeitler drove in a run with an RBI single, Zeitler scored on an error, and Meeker doubled in Brandon Bergstrom to increase the NA lead to 4-0.
Gateway took advantage of two Tigersí errors in the top of third inning to trim the score to 4-3, but NA responded in the bottom of the inning with an RBI triple by Matt Waugaman to score Jimmy Divosevic, and the score was 5-3, Tigers. In the bottom of the fifth, Machi clubbed the Tigers first long ball of the season with a solo blast that ballooned the NA lead to 6-3.
Down but not out, the Gators again took advantage of two Tigersí errors in the top of the sixth to come within a run of the lead, 6-5. Returning the favor, Bergstrom scored on a Gateway error in the bottom of the sixth inning for an insurance run, and reliever Sean Fitzgerald closed out the 7-5 win in the seventh with a 1-2-3 frame.
Along with Machiís big day, Meeker and Bergstrom collected two hits apiece. Meeker collected an RBI and a run, while Bergstrom scored a pair of runs. For Gateway, Cody Emerick went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. On the mound, Connor Olson suffered the loss as the senior allowed seven runs, six earned, over four innings. In last yearís first round match-up, Olson took the loss in relief, allowing the game winning run in the 10th inning.
North Allegheny starts the year 1-0 with the win while Gateway drops to 0-1. The Tigers will try to add to the win column with a road contest at Blackhawk this afternoon. First pitch is slated for 4:00 pm.
WP - Mitch Machi (1-0) LP - Connor Olson (0-1) SV - Sean Fitzgerald (1)
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TIGER BASEBALL PLAYERS COMMIT TO COLLEGES
A pair of North Allegheny baseball players have signed letters of intent to continue their career at the next level. Jimmy Divosevic has committed to Slippery Rock University, where he plans to study safety management. Last season, Divosevic mashed opposing pitching, while patrolling center field for the Tigers. His teammate, Justin Dattilo, will attend the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. The catcher was a staple in the heart of North Allegheny lineup last year, proving to be a stalwart backstop and adept at handling North Allegheny pitching. Dattilo will look to major in Biology. The Tigers will tentatively begin their 2013 campaign on March 22 when they host the Latrobe Wildcats.
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