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2020-2021 Game Summaries

NA Hammers Hempfield For Road Section Win, 15-3

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The North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Hempfield Spartans in 5 innings of play with a final score of 15-3.

NA’s offense tallied 14 hits during the contest. Junior Sydni Junker hit a three-run homerun in the third inning and finished the day with four total RBIs. Other offensive standouts include senior Lauren Haywood who had three RBIs, sophomore Meghan McDonough who went 4 for 5 with a triple and an RBI, freshman Carlyn Vaupel who went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and senior Kendall Trunzo who hit a triple with an RBI.

Freshman pitcher Anne Melle threw five complete innings, holding Hempfield to six hits and striking out four.

The Tigers are now 2-1 in section play. They will host the Butler Golden Tornadoes Friday, and will honor their seniors with a ceremony before the 6:00 start.

Box Score - Softball vs. Norwin - 04/14/2021

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North Allegheny30507XX15141
WP - Anne Melle (3-3) LP - Hanna Uhrinek

North Allegheny Falls to Section Opponent, Norwin

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The North Allegheny Tigers lost to the Norwin Knights 9-2 in a Section 2-6A contest.

Norwin took the lead early, scoring two runs in the first inning. The Tigers answered back in the bottom of the inning when senior Kendall Trunzo hit a leadoff triple. Sophomore Meghan McDonough then singled, allowing senior Ashely Solenday to score both base runners on a hard-hit ground ball and subsequent fielding error.

The score remained tied until Norwin took the lead again in the third inning, scoring five runs on three hits, including a three-run homerun. Despite some offensive opportunities for the Tigers in the later innings, which included singles by senior Emily Lagnese, sophomore Ali Domachowski, and Solenday, the Tigers were unable to score again.

Freshman Anne Melle started in the circle for North Allegheny, striking out one. Junior Alaina Whipkey took the mound in the fourth, striking out four and walking one.

The Tigers will travel to Hempfield tomorrow. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm.

Box Score - Softball vs. Norwin - 04/13/2021

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WP - Angelina Pepe LP - Anne Melle (2-3)


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by Bob Orkwis

Coming off an exciting section opening win the night before on the road against Seneca Valley, North Allegheny fell behind Mt. Lebanon early and broke a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning to score a 5-4 win at home over Mt. Lebanon (4-3) on a gorgeous sun splashed afternoon in Wexford.

Tigers starter Anne Melle recorded the first two outs in the top of the first before the Blue Devils strung together two singles, a walk, two passed balls and another base hit to lead 2-0. North Allegheny would take the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Annalyn Isaacs reached on an error and Megan Manesiotis was hit by a pitch. Freshman Caitlin Logan drove in her first run of the season, plating Isaacs with a single. Fellow 9th grader Carlyn Vaupel would follow suit on the first RBI’s, driving home Manesiotis and Logan with a double. After two outs and with Vaupel on third, Meghan McDonough drove in her first run of 2021 with a single to put the Tigers up 4-2.

Mt. Lebanon would answer back in the top of the third. After a lead off single was erased by a double play, Elizabeth Kubancek and Olivia Buckiso would single and pitcher Kate Borza drove home Kubancek with a base hit. Sammi Phillips was hit by a pitch and Grace Goodin singled to tie the game at 4-4. Coach Morgan Vescovi went to the mound to replace Melle, who had pitched a pair of complete games during the week including last night vs. the Raiders, with Alaina Whipkey. That move turned out to be the difference maker for the Tigers. Whipkey got Iris Barone to fly out on one pitch to end the threat.

North Allegheny would retake the lead in the bottom of the fourth with an unlikely source and a familiar name doing the damage. After one out, freshman Rachel Rusnica, who came into play shortstop when Whipkey took the circle, doubled to right center for her first hist of the season. After a ground out. McDonough hit a tapper to third and used her speed to beat the play. As the first baseman was searching for the bag, the ball got past her allowing Rusnica to score and the Tigers led 5-4.

Whipkey then stole the show the rest of the way. The junior would retire four straight batters before allowing a lead-off single in the fifth. That hit was erased on a double play. Whipkey set down seven consecutive batters before Deirdre Flaherty roped a two-out double off the fence in left field. But Whipkey would fan Kubancek, who had two hits on the afternoon, to end the game and earn the win for the Tigers.

With her tremendous relief effort, Whipkey earned her first win of the year and the Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors. Her final pitching line was 4 and 1/3 innings, 2 hits and three strikeouts.

The Tigers have won two-straight to improve to (3-4) on the season and North Allegheny will return to section play on Monday night when they host Norwin. The Tigers and the Knights get underway at 7PM and the game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Box Score - Softball vs. Mt. Lebanon - 04/10/2021

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Mt. Lebanon20200004112
North Allegheny040100X570
WP - Alaina Whipkey (1-1) LP - Kate Borza

Clutch Hits Earn Tigers Win In Section Opener

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The North Allegheny Tigers opened section play strong by defeating Seneca Valley 6-2. The NA offense tallied 10 hits, including two doubles and one home run.

Both teams threatened offensively, but the score remained tied 2-2 going into the seventh inning. The Tigers’ two runs were scored by sophomore Meghan McDonough, who singled and then scored on a double by senior Ashley Solenday in the third inning. In the sixth inning, junior Alaina Whipkey delivered a solo home run that tied the game at 2-2.

In the seventh inning, freshman Caitlin Logan started the inning with a single, followed by senior Kendall Trunzo and McDonough, who each singled to load the bases. Whipkey drove in two runs with a double, earning three total RBIs on the day. Sophomore Annalyn Isaacs sealed the deal with a single that scored Whipkey.

NA’s defense held Seneca Valley to six hits. Freshman pitcher Anne Melle threw a complete game, striking out four. The Tigers will host Mt. Lebanon tomorrow at 1:00.

Box Score - Softball vs. Seneca Valley - 04/09/2021

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North Allegheny00100146101
Seneca Valley1000100261
WP - Anne Melle (2-2) LP - Izzy Roule

Pitchers’ Duel Ends In Seventh Inning Loss For Tigers

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The North Allegheny Tigers fell to non-section opponent, the Fox Chapel Foxes, 3-2, in a battle that came down to the bottom of the seventh inning of play.

Both pitchers made it difficult for the respective offenses to produce; Fox Chapel’s Mackenzie Burkovich had 13 strikeouts, while North Allegheny freshman Anne Melle had eight.

Offensively, junior Alaina Whipkey scored on some heads up baserunning in the first inning following a walk. Senior Ashley Solenday delivered an RBI in the sixth inning, scoring sophomore Meghan McDonough, who singled in her previous at-bat.

North Allegheny’s defense held the Foxes to a single run until the seventh inning. Fox Chapel rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off finish.

The Tigers fall to 1-4 overall and will look to rebound in the section opener at Seneca Valley on Friday.

Box Score - Softball vs. Fox Chapel - 04/07/2021

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North Allegheny1000010251
Fox Chapel0000012341
WP -Mackenzie Burkovich LP - Anne Melle (1-2)