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2020-2021 Game Summaries

NA Pitchers Mystify Mustangs, Strike Out 17 Batters In 5-1 Win

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Thanks to a dazzling pitching display by three North Allegheny hurlers, the host Tigers wrangled the Plum Mustangs on Friday night, 5-1, in a non-section contest.

For most of the game, the NA pitching staff was literally untouchable. Plum was rendered hitless until a one-out single by Silvio Ionadi in the top of the sixth inning, one of only two hits on the night. Perhaps even more impressive, the combination of Joe Lang, Conor Smith and Spencer Barnett struck out 14 of 15 batters from the first inning into the sixth. Of the 21 outs recorded by the NA pitching triumvirate, 17 of them came by way of the strikeout. All three NA pitchers were tabbed as Wright Automotive Players of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Lang earned the win to improve to 1-1 on the season with three hitless innings and seven strikeouts. Smith followed with two hitless frames and six strikeouts. Barnett finished the final two innings with one run allowed on two hits and four K’s.

While the Plum batters were baffled, the North Allegheny lineup utilized the small ball approach for its five runs. The Tigers drew seven walks and stole nine bases against the Mustangs. Junior Cole Young stole four bases and posted a 2-for-2 night with two walks. Senior Logan Andreyko reached base twice, scored two runs and stole two bases.

In the first inning, Young raced home on a wild pitch for an early 1-0 lead. In the second, Andreyko drove in a run on an RBI single and scored on an error later in the inning for a 3-0 advantage. Young followed with an RBI double to bring home Ethan Gavlik and the Tigers ballooned the lead to 4-0. In the fifth, Andreyko crossed the plate on a wild pitch to bring the score to 5-0. Plum’s lone run scored in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Matthew Frazetta.

With the non-section win, North Allegheny improves to 4-1 overall, while Plum drops to 2-1 on the season. The Tigers will return to Section 1-6A play on Monday with a visit to Allderdice at 3:30 p.m.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Plum - 04/9/2021

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WP - Joe Lang (1-1) LP - Justin Giarruso (0-1)

NA Sinks Seneca Valley For Section Win, 11-3

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The North Allegheny baseball team earned a split in the home-and-home series with the Seneca Valley Raiders with an 11-3 triumph on Wednesday night. A day after dropping a 2-1 decision at Seneca Valley on Tuesday, NA rebounded with a convincing win. The Tigers have won 12 of their last 16 meetings in their head-to-head series with the Raiders.

An opportunistic North Allegheny lineup took advantage of an erratic Seneca Valley pitching staff that walked 10 batters, hit three more and committed two balks. The self-inflicted wounds Seneca Valley sustained began in the bottom of the second inning. A fielding error allowed NA’s Danny Gallon to score the game’s first run, and later in the frame, Aaron Posey scored on a balk by SV starter Carter Beneigh for a 2-0 lead.

In the third inning, senior Joe Manesiotis drove in a pair of runs with a single to right field, bringing home Cole Young and Gallon for a 4-0 lead.

Seneca Valley cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fourth inning courtesy of an RBI single by Ethan Baer, cutting the NA advantage to 4-1. The Tigers answered back immediately in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly RBI by Ethan Gavlik, increasing the NA lead to 5-1. Once more, Seneca Valley trimmed the Tigers lead to three runs when Conor Carney clubbed an RBI double, bringing the score to 5-2, North Allegheny.

In the bottom of the fifth, North Allegheny gained a strangle hold of the game when sophomore Spencer Barnett came to the plate with the bases loaded. With nobody out in the inning, Barnett delivered a bases-clearing, three-run double to increase the NA lead to 8-2. Later in the inning, Barnett scored on a wild pitch and Erik Sundgren drove in another run on a deep double to right field and the Tigers lead swelled to 10-2.

Each team added a single run in the sixth inning, including an RBI single by NA’s Aaron Galaska, which brought the final score to 11-3, North Allegheny.

Starting pitcher Kyle Demi was impressive on the bump and went five strong innings to earn the victory. Demi permitted only two runs on four hits, while striking out eight batters and walking just two. With Demi’s dominance on the mound, and Barnett’s critical three-run double, both Demi and Barnett were named Wright Automotive Co-Players of the Game.

Following Demi in relief, Galaska pitched the final two innings and allowed only one run on two hits to close out the win.

North Allegheny improves to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in Section 1-6A. Seneca Valley slips to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the section. The Tigers return to action on Friday night with a non-section home game against Plum at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Seneca Valley - 04/7/2021

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WP - Kyle Demi (2-0) LP - Carter Beneigh

NA Edged At Seneca Valley, 2-1

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Quinn Burke’s walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh lifted host Seneca Valley to a 2-1 win over North Allegheny on Tuesday afternoon in the Section 1-6A opener.

On a beautiful spring afternoon in Harmony, the Tigers and Raiders faced off in a pitchers’ duel to begin the section slate. North Allegheny starter Brady Palmer blanked Seneca Valley through three innings and it appeared the right-hander might pitch his way out of a sticky situation in the bottom of the fourth inning as well. With the bases loaded and one out, Palmer induced a ground ball off the bat of Andrew Tkatch that was fielded by NA first baseman Danny Gallon, who threw home for the force out of Seth Baic and the inning’s second out. However, the next batter, Dustin Horn, managed a single to centerfield to score Alex Mortier and the Raiders grabbed a 1-0 lead.

Seneca Valley starter Ethan Edkins silenced the Tigers through six innings but NA found the equalizer in the top of the seventh. With one out in the inning, Erik Sundgren drew a walk off of Edkins, who was quickly replaced by Mortier in relief. Junior Aaron Posey welcomed Mortier unkind with an RBI double to centerfield to score Sundgren and the game was deadlocked at 1-1.

The tie was short-lived, however, as Burke delivered a walk-off double in the bottom of the seventh to plate Clayton Blucher with the game-winning run and propelled Seneca Valley to a 2-1 win.

North Allegheny’s Joe Lang took the loss but pitched well in relief, striking out three batters in 2.2 innings. Despite blowing the save in the seventh, Mortier picked up a vulture win for Seneca Valley in 0.2 innings on the bump with one strikeout.

Following Tuesday’s result, North Allegheny drops its first game of the season and sits at 2-1 overall and 0-1 in Section 1-6A. Seneca Valley improves to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the section. The Tigers and Raiders will face off again on Wednesday night at North Allegheny at 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Seneca Valley - 04/6/2021

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WP - Alex Mortier LP - Joe Lang (0-1)

NA Rolls To 9-3 Win Over Canon-McMillan

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The North Allegheny baseball team earned another decisive victory in the opening week of the 2021 season with a 9-3 triumph over Canon-McMillan on Tuesday night.

NA starting pitcher Brady Palmer set the tone for the entire night with four innings of perfect baseball to earn the victory. Reliever Aaron Galaska followed with solid work out of the bullpen to collect a three-inning save. NA hurlers combined for 11 strikeouts and just one walk on the night.

In the bottom of the second inning, Galaska drove in the game’s first run with an RBI single that scored Danny Gallon from second base for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers tacked on four runs in the bottom of the third, getting a two-run double from Danny Gallon and a two-run error from the Canon-Mac defense that plated Ethan Gavlik and Logan Andreyko for a 5-0 lead.

The NA advantage swelled to 9-0 in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single from Spencer Barnett and a Sacrifice Fly RBI by Gallon, followed by another two-run error by the CM infield. With a three RBI performance, Gallon was tabbed the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Canon-McMillan managed to score three runs late in the game but by then it was too little, too late, as the Tigers closed out a 9-3 victory. CM starter Ronan Mollenauer suffered the loss with only two innings on the bump, allowing one run on one hit.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 2-0 overall, while Canon-McMillan dips to 1-2 on the season. The Tigers return to action next week in their section opener at Seneca Valley on Tuesday, April 6.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Canon-McMillan - 03/30/2021

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WP - Brady Palmer (1-0) LP - Ronan Mollenauer SV - Aaron Galaska (1)

NA Clubs Connellsville In Opener, 10-0

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The North Allegheny baseball team opened the long-awaited 2021 season on Saturday afternoon with a 10-0 shutout victory at Connellsville in six innings. Senior pitchers Kyle Demi and Joe Lang combined for a six innings of one-hit baseball. Demi went the first three innings, punching out six batters with only walk, to pick up the win. Lang tossed the remaining frames with four strikeouts and no walks, to earn a three-inning save.

With the Falcons grounded for the day, the NA offense took flight early with a three-run top of the first. Senior Danny Gallon started the scoring with a sacrifice fly, scoring Ethan Gavlik from third, for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the first inning of the season on a two-run double by Joe Manesiotis for a 3-0 lead.

The score remained 3-0, Tigers, before NA broke open the game in the top of the fourth. With one out in the inning, a Connellsville error on a Logan Andreyko ground ball allowed Nathan Hess to score from third for a 4-0 lead. An out later, Manesiotis clubbed another two-run double to score Andreyko and Cole Young for a 6-0 advantage. Moments later, Manesiotis trotted home on a Spencer Barnett single to increase the Tigers lead to 7-0. Manesiotis finished with a 2-for-4 day and four RBI.

In the fifth, Andreyko scored on a Connellsville error for an 8-0 lead. The Tigers added on two more runs in the top of the sixth thanks to a two-run single by Aaron Posey to bring the score to 10-0. Following a scoreless bottom of the sixth, NA’s lead invoked the 10-run rule and the contest came to a conclusion.

North Allegheny starts the season at 1-0 and will host Canon-McMillan on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Connellsville - 03/27/2021

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - Kyle Demi (1-0) LP - B. Bigam SV - Joe Lang (1)