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2020-2021 Game Summaries

NA Runs Away From Philadelphia Central in PIAA quarters, 8-1

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The North Allegheny Tigers faced off against the runners-up from District 12, the Central Lancers, in the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals and came away with an 8-1 triumph on Thursday at Bald Eagle Area High School in Wingate, PA. With the win, the Tigers advance to the PIAA semifinals for the second consecutive season.

The Lancers erratic pitching on the afternoon led to eight walks and three hit batsmen, and the Tigers capitalized on their opportunities. In the first, a one-out walk to Logan Andreyko set the table for a big inning. Junior Cole Young promptly tripled home Andreyko for an early 1-0 lead. Danny Gallon followed with an RBI single and Joe Manesiotis added an RBI groundout later in the inning for a 3-0 lead.

Central starting pitcher Ethan Tom walked three batters in the second inning to load the bases with two outs. Gallon, who went 3-for-3 with four RBI on the day, clubbed a two-run single and Young scored on a throwing error to increase the NA advantage to 6-0. Gallon also walked later in the game and reached base four times, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning thanks to an RBI single courtesy of Andreyko and an RBI double by Gallon for an 8-0 lead. Central broke the shutout in the seventh inning with an RBI single by Jeff Flaxman to bring the final score to 8-1, North Allegheny.

Senior Kyle Demi’s nine wins and 78 strikeouts are both the third most in a single season in program history.

Starting pitcher Kyle Demi pitched four shutout innings to earn the win and improved to 9-0 on the season. Demi’s win total is tied for third most in a single season and the most for an NA pitcher since Ryan Oglesby won nine games in 2009. Demi struck out seven batters and allowed only one hit, an infield single in the third inning. Demi’s season strikeout total of 78 is the third most in a single season in program history.

In relief, Aaron Galaska worked two scoreless innings and Conor Smith pitched the seventh, allowing one run on one hit.

For Central, Tom lasted only four innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) with five walks and one strikeout.

North Allegheny improves to 22-3 overall and advances to the PIAA semifinals where the Tigers will take on Spring-Ford on Monday at a site and time to be determined. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network. Central’s falls to 13-3 on the season and will play Friday in the Philadelphia Public League championship game.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Philadelphia Central - 06/10/2021

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - Kyle Demi (9-0) LP - Ethan Tom

NA Wallops Warwick, 13-4, in PIAA First Round

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Spurred on by a seven-run fifth inning, the North Allegheny Tigers rolled to a 13-4 triumph over the Warwick Warriors in the opening round of the PIAA Class 6A playoffs. Once again flexing their offensive muscle, every player in the NA batting order either scored a run or drove in a run. Joe Manesiotis, Aaron Posey and Cole Young each went 3-for-4 and Danny Gallon collected three RBI to pace a 16-hit attack.

Appearing in the PIAA playoffs for a fourth consecutive season, North Allegheny was facing a Warwick team that was making its fourth state playoff appearance in program history. In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, North Allegheny struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Young ripped a two-out triple and Gallon followed with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. In the second inning, the Tigers stretched the lead to 2-0 when Posey clubbed an opposite field home run over the right field fence. It was Posey’s second home run of the season.

After two come-from-behind wins in the District 3 playoffs, Warwick once again rallied back, and in the top of the third inning, tied the game at 2-2 thanks to a solo home run by Reagan Kline and a two-out RBI single from Nick Slogik.

In the bottom of the third, North Allegheny quickly regained the lead on a two-out, two-run double by Aaron Galaska for a 4-2 advantage. Not done yet, Erik Sundgren added an RBI double, and later in the inning, scored on a Warwick throwing error for a 6-2 lead.

Warwick seemed prime for a big inning in the top of the fifth, loading the bases on back-to-back NA errors and a walk. With nobody out, North Allegheny turned to reliever Joe Lang out of the bullpen and the right-hander delivered. While Warwick did manage to score two runs on a pair of sacrifice fly outs to trim the score to 6-4, Lang and the Tigers escaped with no further damage and maintained a two-run lead. The key defensive play during the inning, and for the game, came on a deep fly ball to left-center field by Slogik with the bases loaded. North Allegheny centerfielder Logan Andreyko raced down the fly ball at the fence, resulting in only a sac fly and limiting the Warwick inning.

After surviving the top of the fifth with the lead, North Allegheny busted the game wide open in the bottom of the inning with a seven-run frame. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single by Gallon and included RBI singles from Posey, Young and Manesiotis. Spencer Barnett added an RBI double and Andreyko contributed a sac fly RBI in the big inning as well.

North Allegheny’s prolific offense was bolstered by the bottom of the batting order as Posey, Galaska and Sundgren went a combined 9-for-13 with two walks, five RBI and six runs scored. Sundgren was tabbed the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for reaching bases four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs, a double, a stolen base and an RBI.

With plenty of run support, starting pitcher Brady Palmer worked four innings to earn the victory and improved to 6-0 on the season. The right-hander struck out four batters and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits. Lang tossed two scoreless innings of relief and Barnett pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to seal the 13-4 victory.

Warwick starter Matthew Williams suffered the loss, falling to 4-4 on the season. The Millersville University commit pitched four innings, allowing eight runs (seven earned) with five strike outs and two walks.

North Allegheny improves to 21-3 overall and advances to the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals to face Central High School on Thursday at a site and time to be determined. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network. Warwick’s season comes to a close with a 16-8 record.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Warwick - 06/07/2021

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WP - Brady Palmer (6-0) LP - Matthew Williams (4-4)

Tigers Win Record 8th WPIAL Baseball Crown With 4-0 Shutout of Hempfield

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North Allegheny became the first school in WPIAL history to win an eighth baseball championship with a 4-0 shutout of Hempfield in the WPIAL Class 6A title game at Wild Things Park in Washington, PA. The Tigers had been tied with Allegheny and McKeesport with seven WPIAL crowns before winning their eighth on Tuesday night.

The Tigers were spearheaded by a masterful performance on the mound by righthander Kyle Demi. The senior hurler twirled six shutout innings, permitting only two hits and striking out 11 batters to improve to 8-0 on the season.

Hempfield’s ace Phil Fox, a Gardner-Webb commit, did his best to keep pace with Demi and wiggled out of two early jams in the first two innings. After back-to-back hits by Aaron Galaska and Erik Sundgren to start the bottom of the third inning, Fox struck out the next two batters and it appeared he might escape another sticky situation. However, with star shortstop Cole Young up next and first base open, the Spartans elected to pitch to the Duke University commit rather than pitch around him. The strategy backfired as Young belted a hard groundball into rightcenter field to bring home Galaska and Sundgren and the Tigers led, 2-0. The RBI’s give Young 21 on the season.

North Allegheny added on to the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when Ethan Gavlik scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 advantage. Fox suffered the loss for Hempfield, allowing three runs (two earned) in 4.2 innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.

Jake Kramer worked in relief for Hempfield and served up a sixth-inning home run to sophomore Spencer Barnett for an 4-0 lead. The long ball was Barnett’s eighth of the season, tying the program’s single-season home run record. The WVU commit is now tied with Andrew Henigin, who hit eight home runs for North Allegheny’s last state championship team in 2000.

North Allegheny reliever Joe Lang pitched a scoreless seventh inning, striking out two batters in the process, to secure the 4-0 victory.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 20-3 on the season. The 20 wins are the most for the Tigers since winning 22 games in 2013, which was NA’s last WPIAL championship team prior to Tuesday’s win over the Spartans. Hempfield falls to 15-8 on the campaign. Both teams qualify for the PIAA tournament, which begins on Monday.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Hempfield - 06/01/2021

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WP - Kyle Demi (8-0) LP - Phil Fox

Tigers Blow Away Golden Tornado In WPIAL Semifinals, 10-0

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For the second time this postseason, the North Allegheny baseball team earned a 10-run rule victory. This time, the top-seeded Tigers whitewashed the fourth-seeded Butler Golden Tornado by a 10-0 decision in six innings in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals on Tuesday afternoon at Matulevic Field. Its NA’s sixth consecutive win over its section rival and the second consecutive season the Tigers have ended Butler’s season. North Allegheny also defeated Butler 4-2 in the WPIAL quarterfinals in 2019.

The Tigers stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against the Golden Tornado. Senior Ethan Gavlik scored the game’s first run on a Butler throwing error and senior Danny Gallon brought home another with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, senior Joe Manesiotis added a two-run single to increase the NA advantage to 4-0.

North Allegheny chased Butler starter Cooper Baxter, who entered the game with a 0.81 ERA, in the third inning following a leadoff double by Gallon. Reliever James Desmond retired one batter upon entry, but surrendered an RBI double to Manesiotis and the Tigers led, 5-0.

Desmond pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning but was hit around by the Tigers’ hot bats in the fifth. Sophomore Spencer Barnett smashed a solo home run over the rightfield fence for a 6-0 lead. It was the second straight game that Barnett homered, giving him seven on the season.

Not done yet in the frame, Manesiotis scored on a balk later in the inning by Butler reliever Max Schnur and David Posey delivered an RBI single for an 8-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, Logan Andreyko led off with a double, and an out later, advanced to third on a single by Gallon. After Barnett was intentionally walked, Andreyko raced home on a wild pitch, bringing the score to 9-0, Tigers. Manesiotis finished off a 4 for 4 day with an RBI single to score Gallon and invoke the 10-run rule for a 10-0 victory. Manesiotis finished with three singles, a double, a stolen base, a run scored and four RBI making him an easy selection for the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

On the mound, Brady Palmer was nearly untouchable, tossing a three-hit complete game shutout. Palmer struck out nine batters, while walking only one to improve to 5-0 on the season. Baxter suffered the loss, permitting five runs on six hits in two innings on the bump.

North Allegheny improves to 19-3 on the season and will play in the WPIAL championship game next week. The Tigers advance to the WPIAL championship game for the third time in the last four season. The WPIAL title tilt will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Box Score - Baseball vs. Butler - 05/25/2021

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - Brady Palmer (5-0) LP - Cooper Baxter

Third-Inning Avalanche Pushes NA Past Upper St. Clair In WPIAL Quarterfinals, 12-2

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On the strength of a seven-run third inning and 10 stolen bases, top-seeded North Allegheny ran away from the eighth-seeded Upper St. Clair Panthers for a 12-2 win in five innings in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals on Saturday at Matulevic Field. Senior first baseman Danny Gallon led the offensive charge with a 3-for-3 performance, including a double, a stolen base and four RBI’s, earning Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

Facing a resilient Upper St. Clair team that earned a walk-off win over Canon-McMillan the day prior, North Allegheny capitalized on an early scoring chance in the first inning. After a two-out walk and stolen base by Cole Young, Gallon drove in the game’s first run with an RBI single for 1-0 lead.

The Tigers increased the lead to 3-0 in the second inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Erik Sundgren and a two-out RBI single from Ethan Gavlik.

The third inning proved to be the turning point in the contest. Fresh off a comeback victory, the Panthers attempted to claw back in the top of the third with an RBI double by Owen Mandler and an infield RBI single courtesy of Jack Shearer, cutting the NA lead to 3-2. With nobody out and the bases loaded, the Tigers wiggled out of the jam with no further damage. Starting pitcher Kyle Demi induced a fielder’s choice ground out at home plate off the bat of Hunter Schroeck for the inning’s first out. Demi then struck out back-to-back batters to slam the door on USC and kept NA’s one-run lead intact.

With Upper St. Clair failing to capitalize on its golden opportunity in the top of the third, North Allegheny blew the game wide open a half inning later. In the bottom of the third, Young led off the inning with a double and scored moments later on an RBI single from Gallon for a 4-2 lead. On the next pitch, Spencer Barnett crushed a breaking ball over the rightfield fence for a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, ballooning the NA advantage to 6-2.

Not done yet, the Tigers tacked on four more runs before the inning’s conclusion. Andrew Dougherty scored on a wild pitch, Sundgren crossed the plate on a double steal and Gallon drove home two more with a double, bringing the score to 10-2, North Allegheny. In the fourth, Sundgren increased the score to 12-2 with a two-run single.

With a ten-run lead in place, reliever Conor Smith pitched a scoreless top of the fifth to cap a 12-2 win. Demi earned the victory with four innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and three walks. Upper St. Clair starter Eddie Albert suffered the loss, giving up eight runs (six earned) in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts and four walks.

North Allegheny improves to 18-3 overall with the victory, while Upper St. Clair’s season ends with a 9-10 record. The Tigers advance to the WPIAL semifinals to face section rival Butler on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at Matulevic Field. The game will be broadcast live via the internet on the North Allegheny Sports Network.

(Photo by Megan Manesiotis).

Box Score - Baseball vs. Upper St. Clair - 05/22/2021

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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North Allegheny1272XXX1290
WP - Kyle Demi (7-0) LP - Eddie Albert (1-5) SV - Conor Smith