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Tigers Advance To WPIAL Championship, Rally To Beat Hempfield, 6-4

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The North Allegheny Tigers punched their ticket to the Class 6A WPIAL Championship Game for the second straight year with a 6-4 come-from-behind win over the Hempfield Spartans on Wednesday night at Boyce Mayview Park. The Tigers rallied from a 4-1 deficit with one run in the fifth and four runs in the sixth to claim the win.

Hempfield was vying for its first ever appearance in the WPIAL championship and built a three-run advantage through four innings by primarily cashing in on North Allegheny miscues. In all, the Tigers committed six errors and four of them directly aided the Spartans in their early-game efforts. Isaiah DiAndreth was another key contributor for Hempfield with a 3-for-4 performance, scoring two runs and driving home another with a double in the third inning.

North Allegheny starter Kevin Schott gave up three runs, two earned, during his two innings on the mound and was forced to exit due to injury in the third inning. Junior Anthony Hattrup (4-2) entered and ultimately earned the win with five strong innings of relief, allowing only one unearned run with seven strikeouts and no walks. For his efforts, Hattrup was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

The Tigers began to blaze a comeback trail in the fifth inning when Caiden Wood doubled home Ryan Daugherty to trim the Hempfield lead to 4-2. The Spartans had a chance to blow the game open in the bottom of the fifth with runners at the corners and nobody out. However, Hattrup induced a popup from Luke Hudson and stuck out Justin Wright. On the strikeout, Wright was also called for batter’s interference for impeding a throw from NA catcher C.J. Weller and the Hempfield threat was thwarted without any damage.

In the top of the sixth, North Allegheny made Hempfield pay for squandering its opportunity. Ben Surman, who entered the game in the second inning when centerfielder Turner White left the game with an injury, sparked the Tigers’ big inning with an one-out RBI triple to cut the score to 4-3, Spartans. Surman scored moments later on an RBI single by Luke Trueman and the game was tied, 4-4. An out later, Trueman stole second base and advanced to third on a ground ball by Justin Hamm that resulted in a Hempfield throwing error that put runners at the corners. The inning continued to unravel for the Spartans as an errant pick-off throw at first base brought home Trueman for a 5-4 North Allegheny lead. Wood, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, singled home Hamm for a 6-4 advantage.

Hempfield, who left seven runners stranded on the night, threatened in the bottom of the sixth and seventh innings but couldn’t score as North Allegheny held on for a 6-4 win and another trip to the WPIAL Championship Game. Spartans reliever Tyler Dancu (0-1) suffered the loss in relief with 2.2 innings of work, allowing four runs with only one earned.

North Allegheny improves to 13-10 overall and will take on Canon-McMillan in the WPIAL championship on Wednesday night at Wild Things Park in Washington, PA. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. Hempfield’s season comes to a close with a 16-6 overall mark.

Baseball vs. Hempfield, 5-23-18

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Hempfield1021000484
WP - Anthony Hattrup (4-2) LP - Tyler Dancu (0-1)

Tigers Upset No. 2 Bethel Park In WPIAL Quarterfinals, 3-1

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North Allegheny snapped Bethel Park’s 14-game winning streak and upset the second-seeded Black Hawks, 3-1, in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals on Tuesday afternoon at Boyce Mayview Park. The 10th-seeded Tigers received a complete-game effort from starting pitcher Luke Trueman who allowed only four hits and one unearned run to earn his second straight postseason victory. Trueman struck out six and earned the Wright Automotive Player of the Game Award from the North Allegheny Sports Network.

It was Trueman’s bat that got the Tigers started offensively in the top of the first inning with an infield single. After stealing second base, Trueman checked out in favor of courtesy runner Joey Colella who advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch to give NA a 1-0 lead. In similar fashion, Bethel Park evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning when Eric Chalus scored on a wild pitch.

From that point on, a pitcher’s duel between Trueman and Bethel Park ace Justin Meis ensued with neither team hitting the ball hard, if at all. Meis struck out an astonishing 13 batters through four innings, one strikeout on a wild pitch, and totaled 16 punch outs on the afternoon.

One of the few blemishes for Meis was a leadoff walk in the fifth inning that North Allegheny cashed in to take the lead. Brett Heckert drew the leadoff free pass and was sacrificed to second base by Anthony Hattrup. Pinch-runner Will Mracna entered for Heckert and immediately scored on an RBI double by C.J. Weller to deep left field to give North Allegheny a 2-1 advantage.

The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI groundball by Trueman that scored Anthony Hattrup from third base for a 3-1 lead. Bethel Park built a major threat in the bottom of the seventh and loaded the bases with two outs before Sean McGowen popped out to short to end the ballgame.

Meis took the hard-luck loss for Bethel Park with 5.2 innings, allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). BP Reliever Corey Fischer worked 1.1 innings and surrendered one unearned run.

North Allegheny leaps to 12-10 on the season and advances to the WPIAL semifinals to face the Hempfield Spartans on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Boyce Mayview Park. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network. Bethel Park ends the season with a 17-4 record.

Baseball vs. Bethel Park, 5-22-18

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Bethel Park0100000141
WP - Luke Trueman (3-0) LP - Justin Meis (5-2)

Tigers Outlast Rain, Warriors In WPIAL 1st Round Win

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In his longest outing of the season, senior Luke Trueman pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball to help North Allegheny blank the seventh-seeded Penn-Trafford Warriors, 6-0, in the WPIAL first round on Wednesday night. Pitching most of the year out of the bullpen, Trueman outlasted the Warriors, and a one hour and 30 minute rain delay, in just his second start of the season.  Reliever Caiden Wood finished up on the mound by collecting the final two outs of the ballgame in the seventh.

With Trueman rendering the Warriors silent on the night, the Tigers lineup scored all the runs they needed in the third inning. NA’s first run came on a groundball by Trueman to PT pitcher Tyler Horvat who attempted to tag baserunner Jared Orwell trying to score from third base. The umpires ruled Horvat bobbled the ball on his tag attempt and Orwell scored to give North Allegheny a 1-0 lead.

Justin Hamm followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0, Tigers. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, sophomore Ryan Dougherty clubbed a double to right centerfield to score two more runs, ballooning NA’s lead to 4-0. Dougherty finished with two hits, both doubles, and shared the Wright Automotive Player of the Game award with Trueman.

Penn-Trafford still trailed by four runs when the game was halted by rain in the sixth inning. The precipitation did not put a damper on NA’s momentum as the Tigers scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away for a 6-0 win.

Following the victory, North Allegheny improves to 11-10 overall and will advance to face the second-seeded Bethel Park Black Hawks. Penn-Trafford’s season comes to an end with a 13-6 record.

Baseball vs. Penn-Trafford, 5-16-18

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Penn-Trafford0000000062
WP - Luke Trueman (2-0) LP - Tyler Horvat (1-3)

Tigers Upended By North Hills, 9-4

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North Allegheny and North Hills rekindled their neighborhood rivalry on Thursday night and the Indians defeated the visiting Tigers at Herb Field, 9-4. North Hills trailed 3-0 through three innings but rallied back on the strength of four RBI’s from Garret Barto, including a three-run homer by Barto in the fifth inning.

The Tigers scored three times in the second inning for an early 3-0 lead, including an RBI single by Juliano Capretta and an RBI double by Ryan Dougherty.

North Hills starter David Lane overcame the rocky start to earn the win with 6.1 innings of work.

North Allegheny falls to 10-9 on the season following the non-section loss. North Hills, the Section 1 champions in Class 5A, improve to 17-3 with the win. The Tigers conclude the regular season on Friday afternoon with another non-section contest at Chartiers Valley.

Baseball vs. North Hills, 5-10-18

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North Hills000342X981

NA Hammers Hampton For 10-4 Win

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The North Allegheny baseball team pounced for 10 runs in the first three innings and coasted to a 10-4 non-section win over the Hampton Talbots on Wednesday night.

Senior Luke Trueman belted a double and drove in three runs to help lead the offensive charge. In all, eight different Tigers collected hits, including Justin Hamm who joined the hit parade with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Ryan Dougherty went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and two runs scored. Turner White, Caiden Wood and Juliano Capretta all posted an RBI apiece.

On the mound, starter Jack Kenna went five strong innings to earn the victory, allowing only one unearned run with four strikeouts and one walk. Hampton’s Mike Scheutz took the loss and was chased after two innings of work.

North Allegheny improves to 10-8 on the season, while Hampton dips to 13-4 overall. The Tigers continue non-section play on Thursday night with a visit to North Hills.

Baseball vs. Hampton, 5-9-18

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North Allegheny343000X10103
WP - Jack Kenna (2-2) LP - Mike Schuetz