2020-2021 Game Summaries
by Jonathan Spina
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team picked up right where they left off on Sunday with another doubleheader sweep, this time against the Ellwood City Wolverines. The Tigers used great defense and baserunning to get 13-0 and 27-12 victories over the Wolverines.
In game one, the Tigers used a three-run first inning and six-run fourth inning to open the game up. Emily Yanchak was dominant in the box and on the mound going 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs, and she also tossed a five-hit shutout. For her efforts, Yanchak was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Along with Yanchak, Nikki Crean, Madi Klinefelter and Nina Pietrzak all had three hits. Megan Quinlan and Lizzie Wetmore added two hits as well.
In game two, the offense somehow became more explosive, posting 19 runs in the first two innings. Highlighting the North Allegheny win was a great effort by Crean who went 5-for-5 with three triples and five RBIs. Crean was 8-for-8 on the day. The NA right fielder was named the Wright Automotive Player of the game for game two.
Evelyn Wiethorn had a big second game going 2-for-5 with a home run. Helen Katyal came off the bench and went 3-for-4 in the second game. Quinlan, Wetmore, Katie Marangoni, Klinefelter, Claire Medic, Yanchak, Audrey Laswell and Carly Snyder all had multiple hit games.
With the sweep, North Allegheny improves to 4-0 on the season. The Tigers will take on Shaler on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. from Hilltop Field in Shaler.
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team opened the 2020 season on Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of the Hempfield Spartans. The Tigers displayed their firepower on offense with victories of 45-1 and 20-1 over the Spartans.
In game one, the Tigers used a 17-run first inning and a 21-run third inning to gain a stranglehold of the game. Leadoff hitter Nikki Crean was a catalyst from the leadoff spot with a 5-for-6 day with five runs and five RBI. For her efforts, Crean was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
Along with Crean, there were numerous outstanding hitting performances. Among them, senior Claire Medic posted a five-hit day with four RBI and three runs scored. Junior Evelyn Wiethorn went 5-for-6 with five runs and two RBI. Four-hit afternoons were delivered by Megan Quinlan, Katie Marangoni, Sydney Besket and Emily Yanchak.
It was more of the same from the Tigers in game two of the twin bill as NA opened up an 8-0 lead with a big first inning. A 10-run third inning gave NA an 18-0 lead and put the game on ice. Highlighting the North Allegheny win was a sterling effort from Lizzie Wetmore. Offensively, Wetmore reached base four times, scored two runs and added two RBI. The NA shortstop also made numerous defensive gems on her way to Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
Yanchak was the winning pitcher in both contests. She permitted only two runs in the two games combined and struck out a pair in game two.
With the sweep, North Allegheny improves to 2-0 on the season. The Tigers will take on Ellwood City on Wednesday night at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. from Blueberry Hill Park. The games will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.