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Martindale’s 100th Career Hit Helps NA Top Norwin in WPIAL Semifinals

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The North Allegheny softball team punched its ticket to the WPIAL championship game for the first time since 2013 with an 8-4 victory over the Norwin Knights on Wednesday afternoon in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals at Fox Chapel High School. The Tigers will seek their fourth overall WPIAL crown and first since 2006 when they take on Hempfield next week at Peterswood Park. The contest will be held on Thursday, May 30 at 4:30 p.m.

In the regular season, North Allegheny earned a season sweep against section-foe Norwin with wins of 7-3 and 7-4. In the WPIAL semifinals, the Knights struck first in the top of the third inning when Hailee Culbertson scored on an NA throwing error for a 1-0 lead.

North Allegheny promptly answered back with a three-run bottom of the third inning. Senior Regan Brodine tied the game with an RBI single and senior Kristen Chomos gave NA a 2-1 lead with a bases loaded walk. Sophomore Chloe Szczepaniak followed with an RBI single to increase the NA lead to 3-1.

In the fourth inning, Lauren Haywood led off with a walk and advanced to second base on a single from Brooke Serbin. After a sacrifice bunt by Lauren Harris advanced the runners to second and third, senior Rachel Martindale hit her fifth home run of the season, a three-run blast, to increase the NA advantage to 6-1. The home run was the 100th career hit for Martindale.

Norwin would not go away, however, and began to chip away at NA’s lead. In the top of the fifth inning, the Knights loaded the bases and scored a pair on a two-run single by Baile Bertani to cut the score to 6-3, North Allegheny. The Knights could have had a bigger inning if not for the NA defense. Alexandria Brentzel bounced into a 6-5 fielder’s choice and Sara Russell grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. A fine stretch by Szczepaniak at first base helped complete the inning-ending double play.

Norwin started another uprising by loading the bases with one out in the top of the sixth inning. For the second straight playoff game, the Tigers turned to reliever Audra Sapp to pitch the team out of danger. Carly Cook’s fielder’s choice RBI cut the score to 6-4, Tigers, but also accounted the second out of the inning. Moments later Sapp induced a groundout of Victoria Shimko to end the threat and leave two runners stranded.

With Norwin gaining ground, North Allegheny picked up two important insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Chomos increased the NA lead to 7-4 with a two-out RBI single and Szczepaniak followed with another RBI single to balloon the score to 8-4, Tigers. Reaching base four times total, Szczepaniak went 3 for 3 with two RBI and a walk, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

Sapp retired the Knights in order in the top of the seventh for her first save of the season. NA starter Ashley Adams earned the victory with 5.1 innings of work, allowing four runs (two earned) with two strike outs and two walks.

North Allegheny improves to 15-6 on the season with the win. The Tigers advance to the WPIAL championship game next week and also qualify for the PIAA playoffs.

Norwin’s season comes to a close with a 13-8 record.

Box Score - Softball vs. Norwin - 05/22/2019

Score by Innings1234567RHE
Norwin0010210481
North Allegheny003302X8123
WP - Ashley Adams (9-4) LP - Sydney Lokay SV - Audra Sapp (1)

Kristen Chomos’ 3-Run HR Lifts NA Past Upper St. Clair In WPIAL Quarterfinals

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Senior Kristen Chomos crushed a three-homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to propel the North Allegheny Tigers to a 3-2 victory over the Upper St. Clair Panthers in the WPIAL quarterfinals on Wednesday at South Fayette High School.

Appearing in the playoffs for the 20th consecutive year, the top-seeded Tigers were taking on an upstart Upper St. Clair team that was making its first playoff appearance in 20 years.

Looking to make the most of their opportunity, the eighth-seeded Panthers broke a scoreless tie with a string of two-out baserunners in the fourth inning. Grace Swigart started the uprising with a two-out single, followed by a walk from Haley Beardsley. Bethany College commit Maddie Andrejcik delivered a base hit up the middle to score Swigart from second base for a 1-0 lead.

After back-to-back walks to start the top of the fifth inning, USC threatened to expand upon its lead. With starting pitcher Ashley Adams beginning to scuffle, the Tigers turned to reliever Audra Sapp who retired the next three batters to thwart the Panthers in the fifth.

However, Upper St. Clair did tack on an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning thanks to another RBI single by Andrejcik for a 2-0 lead.

Through five innings, USC starter Danielle Orendi had allowed only two hits to the Tigers and three base runners total. After inducing a flyout of Rachel Martindale to start the sixth inning, Orendi ran into trouble. Freshman Alaina Whipkey started the NA rally with a double to left-centerfield. Sapp followed with a liner to left-center that was dropped by USC’s outfielder Kelly Dawson, putting runners at the corners with one out. Chomos stepped in next and clubbed a 1-0 pitch for a three-run homer, her third of the season, to leapfrog the Tigers ahead, 3-2. For her game-winning homer, Chomos was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

In the top of the seventh, Sapp retired the Panthers in order to close out the ballgame and improve to 2-1 on the season.

With the thrilling comeback win, North Allegheny jumps to 14-6 on the season and advances to the WPIAL semifinals to face the Norwin Knights next Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. Upper St. Clair ends the year with a 13-7 record.

Box Score - Softball vs. Upper St. Clair - 05/15/2019

Score by Innings1234567RHE
Upper St. Clair0001010241
North Allegheny00003X350
WP - Audra Sapp (2-1) LP - Danielle Orendi

Tigers Fall to Trojans 6-1 in Regular Season Finale

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The North Allegheny Tigers fell to District 10 power Eric McDowell on Wednesdy with a final score of 6-1.  Winning pitcher Rachel Marsden, a Saint Francis University commit, held the Tigers to two hits in the contest.

The Tigers scored first in the bottom of the second when senior Kristen Chomos walked and then reached third on a single by senior Regan Brodine.  Chomos scored on a misplayed ball hit by junior Audra Sapp for a 1-0 lead.

The Trojans answered back, scoring two in the third inning.  They then pulled away with three runs scored in the fourth inning and a final run in the fifth.  The Tigers threatened in the seventh inning with a lead-off single by Chomos, but finished the inning with two runners left on base.

Sapp pitched a complete game for the Tigers, surrendering six runs off of nine hits.  She struck out one and allowed no walks.

The Tigers await their playoff match-up to be determined tomorrow afternoon.

Box Score - Softball vs. Upper St. Clair - 05/15/2019

Score by Innings1234567RHE
Upper St. Clair0001010241
North Allegheny00003X350
WP - Audra Sapp (2-1) LP - Danielle Orendi

NA Runs Away From South Fayette in 5-Inning Victory

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The Tigers’ offense came alive for a 12-1 victory over the South Fayette Lions on Monday afternoon in non-section play. North Allegheny tallied a total of 17 hits in five innings of play, led by seniors Rachel Martindale and Kristen Chomos, who each went 3 for 3 and produced four RBIs a piece.  Martindale smacked a three-run triple to left field in the third.

Freshman Alaina Whipkey, junior Audra Sapp, and senior Regan Brodine also had big days at the plate; Whipkey went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs in the third.  Sapp went 3 for 4 with one RBI, and Brodine went 2 for 3 with an RBI.  Junior Lauren Harris also had multiple hits on the day.

Sapp pitched a complete game for the Tigers, allowing only one run on three hits.  She struck out three batters and walked none.

The Tigers will host out-of-section opponent Erie McDowell on Wednesday at 4:00.  This will be their final regular season game.

Box Score - Softball vs. South Fayette- 05/06/2019

Score by Innings1234567RHE
North Allegheny22503XX12172
South Fayette00010XX130
WP - Audra Sapp (1-0) LP - N/A

NA Falls to North Hills in Final Section Contest

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North Allegheny fell to North Hills 5-3, extending the Indians’ winning streak to six in a row.

The Tigers took an early lead in the first inning with a sacrifice fly by senior Kristen Chomos, scoring senior Rachel Martindale.  However, the Indians answered back, scoring two runs a piece in the bottom of the first and second innings, and a single run in the third.

North Allegheny tallied a total of six hits, led by junior Audra Sapp and sophomore Kendall Trunzo with two hits each.  Trunzo’s second single scored a run in the sixth.  Senior Regan Brodine’s sacrifice fly scored the final run for the Tigers in the seventh.

Senior pitcher Ashley Adams threw 2 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits.  Sapp held the Indians scoreless after the third inning, allowing only two hits.

The Tigers’ next contest is against non-section opponent Erie McDowell on Wednesday, May 8 at home.  It will begin at 4:00pm.

Box Score - Softball vs. North Hills - 05/03/2019

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North Allegheny1000011361
North Hills221000X5100
WP - L. Barnes LP - Ashley Adams (9-4)