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by Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor

The North Allegheny varsity slow-pitch softball team traveled to Graham Park in Cranberry on Sunday, November 6th to play in the WPISL championships. They received a bye in the first round.
In the quarterfinals against West Allegheny, the Tigers exploded for 14 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning and never let up, winning handily over the Indians. Kristen Poole was 4 for 4 with 2 HRs and 9 RBIs.  Colleen Henry, Ryanne Tyler, and Jenna Marinstein chipped in with 4 RBIs each.  Bethany Schopper picked up her 7th win of the season.

Facing Shaler in the semifinals, the Tigers exploded again for 12 runs in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back.  Shaler closed the deficit, scoring 8 runs in the last 2 innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Tigers held on, 19-14.  Kristen Poole hit two more HRs and had 6 RBIs.  Kalsey Kurtanich hit a grand slam HR in the 1st inning and played some great defense.  Colleen Henry had 3 doubles. Bethany Schopper picked up her 8th win of the season. 

In the Championship game against Fort Cherry, NA had a 6-2 lead after 3 innings,  then the bats exploded again – scoring 27 runs over the next 3 innings, on their way to a 33-5 rout.  Leading the attack was Kristen Poole, hitting for the cycle (1B, 2B, 3B, HR) and collecting another 6 RBIs.  Ryanne Tyler had 5 hits and 3 RBIs.  Claire Puntil had 4 hits. Christina Bucuren had 4 hits and 3 RBIs.  Ashli Schopper had 2 doubles and 4 RBIs.  Jayme Ogden contributed with an RBI double off the centerfield fence.  Bethany Schopper picked up the win for a perfect 9-0 on the season.  The Tigers dominated on Sunday, outscoring their opponents 86 to 24 to win their 3rd WPISL championship.

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by Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor

The North Allegheny girls Varsity slow-pitch softball team traveled to Seneca Valley on Sunday, October 23rd. Both games were close for a few innings, but the Tigers came out on top in the end.  

In game #1, Bethany Schopper had a no-hitter through three innings and limited her opposition to just six hits over seven innings, with the Tigers scoring six runs in the last two innings to win, 9-1. The offense was led by Morgan Meinert with a single, a triple, and four RBI’s.  Kristen Poole also had a single, a triple, and two RBI’s. Ryanne Tyler had a single, two doubles, and one RBI.

In game #2, the score was tied 5-5 after three innings. Then the Tiger bats exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the fourth and four runs in the bottom of the fifth to 10-run the Raiders.  Leading the offensive explosion for NA was Claire Puntil with a three-run HR. Ryanne Tyler had two sacrifice flies and a two-run HR. For the second week in a row, Colleen Henry ended the game with a walk-off HR, this time it was a grand slam. Bethany Schopper pitched both games of the double-header winning her sixth game of the season.

The Tigers finish the regular season with a 12-2 record. They will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs which begin Saturday, October 29th at Graham Park in Cranberry. The Tigers will play at either 2 pm or 4 pm.

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by Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor

The North Allegheny girls Varsity slow-pitch softball team played Montour at home on Sunday, October 9th. It was Senior Recognition day and the Tigers recognized Christina Bucuren, Colleen Henry, Jayme Ogden, Claire Puntil, Ashli Schopper, and Ryanne Tyler.

In game #1, the Tigers collected 19 hits including 4 homeruns to down Montour 13-3. Bethany Schopper won her 4th game of the season. Kalsey Kurtanich was 4 for 4, while Ryanne Tyler had 2 singles and a double. Christina Bucuren and Kristen Poole had a HR each. Colleen Henry was 3 for 3 with 5 RBIs and ended the game after 6 innings with her second HR of the game, a walk-off 2 run HR to enforce the ten run rule.

In game #2, the Tigers led 5-3 after 4˝ innings but the Montour bats exploded for 11 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning and ended the game with a 2-run walk-off homerun of their own in the bottom of the 6th to win 16-5. Kalsey Kurtanich had 2 more hits, Colleen Henry had 2 doubles, and Kristen Poole hit her second HR of the day. Morgan Meinert, Claire Puntil, and Bethany Schopper had 2 hits each.

The Tigers are now 8-2 with 4 games to play.

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by Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor

The North Allegheny girls Varsity slow-pitch softball team traveled to Simmons Park on Sunday to take on last year's champions, the Bethel Park Black Hawks.  In the first game, the Tigers scored five runs in the top of the first, powered by a 3-run home run off the bat of senior Ryanne Tyler.  Senior Ashli Schopper added a pair of hits and three RBI.  The Tigers executed flawless defense in the contest, turning two double plays, cruising to a 10-5 win.  Senior Bethany Schopper picked up her third win of the season on the mound.

In the nightcap, the Hawks outscored the Tigers 19-8 through four and a half innings.  The Tigers extended the game by scoring two in the fifth inning, negating the mercy rule.  In the sixth inning, North Allegheny sent fifteen hitters to the plate, scoring twelve runs to take a 22-20 lead.  However, the Hawks plated four in the seventh, handing the Lady Tigers their first setback of the season, 24-22.

North Allegheny is currently in first place at 7-1 with six games remaining on the regular season schedule.

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by Slow-Pitch Softball Contributor

The North Allegheny girls Varsity slow-pitch softball team traveled to Hampton on Sunday, September 25th to take on the Talbots. Both games were defensive battles.  NA swept the double-header by scores of 6-3 and 7-6.

In game #1, the Talbots’ first 3 batters scored. Then, pitcher Bethany Schopper and a great Tiger defense shut them out the rest of the game allowing just 5 hits. Bethany struck out 2 and the Tigers turned a 1-6-3 double play to end the game.  Sr. Ashli Schopper was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and Sr. Christina Bucuren was 2 for 3 with 1 RBI.

In game #2, Sr. Colleen Henry was 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs, Jr. Kalsey Kurtanich was 3 for 3 with 1 RBI, and Jr. Kristen Poole was 1 for 2 with a sacrifice fly and 2 RBIs. Jr. Rachel Brown was the winning pitcher.

The Tigers are now 6-0!

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The North Allegheny Slow-Pitch Softball team has won today’s games against the Fort Cherry Rangers by way of forfeit.  The wins improve NA’s record to 4-0 on the season.  Fort Cherry had only eight players available, which the Rangers are still permitted to play with by rule, but the FC head coach has refused to play.

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The North Allegheny Varsity slow-pitch softball team kicked off their season on Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader at Herb Field against North Hills. 

The NA bats came out smoking, scoring runs in each of the first five innings, defeating the Indians, 20-6.  Morgan Meinert hit for the cycle and had three RBI.  Claire Puntil recorded the first RBI of the season, finishing with a 3 for 4 day, with 4 RBI.  Marlee Tyler was 3 for 3, while Christina Bucuren went 2 for 4.  Both accounted for three runs batted in.  Bethany Schopper pitched five innings, allowing just four runs while striking out one. 

After about an hour delay due to lightning, North Allegheny fell behind early in the second game, as North Hills raced out to a 5-0 lead after 3 ˝ innings.  Then, in the bottom of the 4th, the Lady Tiger bats exploded to tie the score.  North Allegheny added three runs in the fifth and five in the sixth, winning comfortably, 13-7.  Claire Puntil continued her streaky hitting, going 4 for 4 with a pair of triples.  Meinert was also stellar with the bat in the nightcap, picking up three hits in as many at bats, while knocking in a pair. 

Ashley Tresky picked up the win in relief.  The NA defense helped her cause by turning a couple of double plays.  In the third inning, Ryanne Tyler ran down a deep fly ball in left field.  She threw to shortstop Kalsey Kurtanich, who turned and fired a strike to third, cutting down the Indians runner attempting to advance.  Kurtanich later teamed up with Marlee Tyler and Puntil to end the game on a 6-4-3 double play, punctuating the sweep for North Allegheny.

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