2018-2019 Game Summaries
By Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor
The North Allegheny Tigers had two tough contests against Montour on Sunday, October 14. The Tigers started strong when call-up freshman Megan Quinlan knocked in two RBIs at the beginning of the first inning. This was quickly followed by senior Melissa Metzger with a triple and two more RBIs. Montour returned with three runs in the bottom of the first. For two innings, both teams were held. In the top of the fifth inning, senior Jenni Booker got a double followed by an RBI from junior Kenna White. It was back and forth the rest of the game including some strong defense from sophomore Claire Medic catching a foul ball as catcher. Unfortunately, Montour ended up winning, 11- 6.
In the second game, Junior Abby Birch played a strong game at left, catching two dramatic flies and stopping two runs in the second inning. Birch also led the team with three RBIs this game. Sophomores Lizzie Wetmore and Carly Snyder and freshman Emily Yanchak each earned one RBI. With some powerful hitters from Montour, the Tigers couldn’t catch up. Final score: 16-6.
by Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team lost a heartbreaker in the opening round of the WPISL tournament over the weekend, 19-16, to the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils.
In the top of the first inning, junior Abby Birch hit a double bringing in a run, quickly followed by senior Jenni Booker with another RBI. Mt. Lebanon returned hitting every hole, ending the first inning with five runs.
In the top of the second, NA was held at two, but the Blue Devils continued with their strong hitting, earning another four runs. Sophomore Meg Patterson finally put this inning to its end by catching two tough flies in right field.
The third inning was a different ball game. Junior Kenna White hit in two runs, finally giving the Tigers some momentum. Then, Birch got up to bat. Two runners were on base when she smashed it way over the fence. NA was back in the game with a score at the end of the third inning of 13-7, Mt. Lebanon in the lead.
Both teams were playing tough defense for the fourth and fifth inning. Booker earned NA one more run, sophomore Lizzie Wetmore made some scrappy stops at short, and Birch and senior Lindsay Holmes also made some dramatic catches in the outfield. Despite this, NA was still trailing, 13-8.
At the top of the sixth inning, NA filled the bases. The fans and the players were all on the edges of their seats. Then, Holmes got a hold of the ball. The ball sailed out of the park for a grand slam homerun. NA didn’t stop there. Birch followed, hitting in two more runs, followed by Wetmore with one more. Mt. Lebanon, up to bat, couldn’t get on base. Senior Melissa Metzger struck one Blue Devil out, and the next two batters didn’t have a chance. NA was finally in the lead, 15-13.
At the top of the seventh inning, Holmes kept the lead with a double and one RBI. Going into the bottom of the seventh, NA was on top, 16-13. Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn’t hold this lead. A couple runs got by the Tigers, almost tying up the score. To the Tigers’ dismay, a Blue Devil hit a grand slam, winning the game for a 19-16 win. It was a heartbreaking end to a tough game played in frigid temperatures.
Great season, Tigers! Seniors Callie Beck, Jenni Booker, Lindsay Holmes, Sydney Korvick, and Melissa Metzger will all be deeply missed next year. Best of luck in all you do!
by NA Slow-Pitch Contributor
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team dropped a 10-6 decision to the North Hills Indians on Tuesday night.
NA had a strong start at the daunting Herb Field in Ross Township. Juniors Kenna White and Abby Birch, and sophomore Meg Patterson all hit doubles in the top of the first inning. Seniors Lindsay Holmes and Jenni Booker also each got an RBI. By the end of this inning, NA had earned four runs. North Hills came back with three runs, but NA was able to keep their lead. Defensively, both teams were strong with no runs scored until the bottom of the fourth inning.
North Hills hit in two runs, now leading 5-4 over NA. At the top of the sixth inning, White and Patterson both drove in one more run, putting NA back in the lead once more. Unfortunately, a missed or overthrown ball at this field means runs – which is exactly what happened to the Tigers at the bottom of the sixth inning. North Hills scored four more runs in the inning, and NA just wasn’t able to regain their lead. Patterson proved to be invaluable in this game with some dramatic catches deep in right field.
With the loss, North Allegheny has a record of 7-6 on the season. The Lady Tigers return to action on Sunday at Montour.
by Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team earned a doubleheader spit on Sunday with the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils. The Lady Tigers lost game one, 14-9, but bounced back in game two for an 18-6 victory.
NA had a rough first inning in game one. The Blue Devil scored five runs, but they were eventually stopped with two outs by sophomore shortstop sophomore Lizzie Wetmore, and by strong pitching from senior Melissa Metzger. Finally, in the bottom of the second inning, NA’s bats were back. Wetmore hit a triple to deep center, bringing in one run. Senior Jenni Booker brought in another run, junior Kenna White hit a double earning NA a run, and junior Abby Birch brought in two more. It was back and forth the rest of the game, but the Tigers came up short, losing 14-9.
Game two against the Blue Devils was a whole different ball game. In the top of the first inning, NA earned 12 runs. Birch started it off hitting a double, bringing in 3 runs. Wetmore, Booker, sophomore Carly Snyder, senior Callie Beck, freshman Emily Yanchak, and senior Lindsay Holmes all earned a run. White hit a powerful triple, earning three. In the third inning, NA brought in six more runs. Defensively, Mt. Lebanon couldn’t get anywhere. White, in particular wowed the players and fans with dramatic catches in right center. The Tigers took the Devils in this match-up after only five innings, winning 18-6.
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team earned a doubleheader sweep over the Hampton Talbots on Sunday. The Lady Tigers claimed the twin bill by scores of 20-0 and 25-1.
In game one, the North Allegheny Lady Tigers roared into the first inning against Hampton, earning eight runs during their first at-bat. The rest of the game continued in this fashion with powerful hitting and a strong defense. Junior Kenna White was unstoppable with two home runs and a double. Sophomore Carly Snyder was on fire with a triple and three doubles. Defensively, senior Jenni Booker played a strong game at first base with out after out and a dramatic double play to third baseman, Sydney Korvick. Senior Melissa Metzger pitched a beautiful game, striking out three opponents.
In the second game, NA continued to roll with its hitting and defense. Freshman Emily Yanchak struck out two opponents, and senior Callie Beck led the team over the two games with seven RBIs.