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Tigers Tag Tornado For 6-1 Triumph, Series Sweep

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The North Allegheny baseball team stayed undefeated and secured a series sweep on Saturday afternoon with a 6-1 win over Butler at Pullman Park. The Tigers capitalized on four errors in the middle to late innings to run away from the Golden Tornado.

The contest began as a pitcher’s duel between Penn State University commit, Charles Mau, and Butler sophomore Nolan Stefaniak. With the game scoreless through three innings, the Tigers broke through for the game’s first run in the top of the fourth when Miles Pealer scored on an error to give NA a 1-0 lead. Butler quickly matched the NA run in the bottom of the fourth inning courtesy of a two-out RBI single by Andrew Lucas, knotting the score at 1-1.

In the top of the fifth inning, back-to-back singles by junior Mason Smith and senior Owen Schall set the table for North Allegheny to regain the lead. A pair of Butler errors later in the inning allowed both Smith and Schall to score and the Tigers led, 3-1.

The Tigers tacked on three more runs in the top of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach. Schall drove in a run with an RBI single, Smith scored another on a Butler throwing error and junior Nico Varlotta capped the scoring with an RBI single to bring the score to its eventual final, 6-1.

Charles Mau tossed four effective innings to earn the victory.

Mau earned the win with four innings of work to improve to 1-0 on the season. The southpaw permitted only one unearned run with six strikeouts and three walks. For his efforts, Mau was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Junior righty Colin Moore, who entered a two-run game in the fifth inning, pitched the final three frames for his first save of the campaign. He punched out three batters, while walking two.

For Butler, Stefaniak suffered the loss and sees his record drop to 1-1. He went 5.1 innings and allowed four runs, only one earned, with three strikeouts and three walks.

North Allegheny maintains an unblemished record with a 6-0 mark overall and 3-0 record in Section 1-6A. Butler falls to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in the section. The Tigers return to action on Monday afternoon with a visit to Allderdice.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Butler - 04/13/2024

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - Charles Mau (1-0) LP - Nolan Stefaniak (1-1) SV - Colin Moore (1)

Seven-Run 7th Inning Leads NA Past Butler, 12-4

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The North Allegheny baseball team ran its winning streak to five in a row on Tuesday night with a 12-4 triumph at Butler in game two of a three game set at Pullman Park. After pounding out eight runs in game one of the series, NA blistered Butler pitching again to the tune of 12 hits and put the game away with a seven-run seventh inning. Senior David Posey paced the lineup, going 2-for-4 with four RBI’s. Senior Matthew Parreaguirre was another offensive catalyst and reached base four times, going 3-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.

Trailing 1-0 after two innings, a sacrifice fly by freshman J.J. Mancuso knotted the score in the top of the third and the Tigers jumped ahead later in the inning on a two-run single by Posey for a 3-1 lead.

Butler capitalized on an NA error in the bottom of the third inning and scored twice to tie the game at 3-3. The deadlock stood until the Tigers tallied the go-ahead run on an RBI groundout by Posey in the top of fifth.

Up 4-3, the Tigers added on to the advantage in the top of the sixth thanks to an RBI double down the left field line by Parreaguirre for a 5-3 lead.

Matthew Parreaguirre scores on a wild pitch in the seventh inning.

The night before, the pesky Golden Tornado scratched back and threatened to tie or take the lead in the late innings. There would be no such threat in this contest as NA buried Butler under a seven-run avalanche in the top of the seventh. The big inning was sparked by an RBI double by Owen Schall and continued with an RBI single by Posey and a two-run triple by Augie Maslo for a 9-3 lead. The Tigers added on when Maslo scored on a passed ball, Parreaguirre scored on a wild pitch and junior Mason Smith drove in the 12th run on an RBI groundout. Butler added a meaningless run in the bottom of the seventh to bring the final score to 12-4, North Allegheny.

Senior Greg Schmidt got the starting nod and went 5.1 innings for the victory. The Mercyhurst University commit allowed only three unearned runs five strikeouts and five walks. Senior Cole Suba entered a two-run ballgame in the bottom of the sixth and went the final 1.2 innings for his first save of the season. Suba, a Penn State-Altoona commit, permitted one run with no walks and three strikeouts.

For Butler, junior Tanner Pry took the loss in six innings of work. The southpaw allowed seven runs, six earned, with three walks and no strikeouts. Noah Collins pitched the seventh and served up five runs, three earned, with two walks and one strikeout.

North Allegheny improves to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in Section 1-6A, while Butler falls to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the section. The Tigers will try for the three-game sweep on Thursday when NA hosts Butler in game three of the series. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Butler - 04/09/2024

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - Greg Schmidt (1-0) LP - Tanner Pry (0-1) SV - Cole Suba (1)

Tigers Hang On For 8-6 Section Win Over Golden Tornado

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The North Allegheny baseball team jumped out to a four-run lead and hung on in the late innings for an 8-6 triumph over Butler in the Section 1-6A opener for the Tigers. Junior Mason Smith paced a 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 four performance, including two triples, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. For his efforts, Smith was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Mason Smith was 3-for-4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI.

In the first inning, Smith started the scoring with an RBI triple and was followed by senior Owen Schall‘s RBI ground out for a quick 2-0 lead. North Allegheny extended the lead to 4-0 with an RBI ground out by Jackson Walsh in the third inning and an RBI single courtesy of Matthew Parreaguirre in the fourth inning.

Butler was rendered hitless by senior starting pitcher David Posey through the first three innings before a two-run homer by Noah Collins emphatically gave the GT’s their first hit in the top of the fourth and cut the NA lead to 4-2.

North Allegheny answered back immediately in the bottom of the fourth thanks to an RBI single by Schall and an RBI ground out by Posey, increasing the Tigers lead to 6-2.

The Golden Tornado once again cut the deficit to two runs in the top of the fifth inning. An RBI single by Nolan Stefaniak made it 6-3, Tigers, prompting NA to go to Walsh out of the bullpen. With runners at the corners and nobody out, Walsh induced a double play ball off the bat of Boden Lenynk that scored a runner from third but also quieted a potential big inning. The Tigers held a 6-4 lead after five innings.

Things got even tighter in the top of the sixth inning when Noah Kellinger’s RBI single cut the NA advantage to just 6-5. With runners at the corners and two outs, Walsh delivered another crucial late-game out by inducing a groundout of Stefaniak to leave two runners stranded.

In the bottom of the sixth, North Allegheny added a pair of important insurance runs when Smith tripled home freshman J.J. Mancuso and later scored on a wild pitch, ballooning the Tigers’ advantage to 8-5. Mancuso was 2-for-3 on the night with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored.

Not going down without a fight, Butler built another uprising in the top of the seventh and cut the NA lead to 8-6 when Mavrik Clement trotted home on a wild pitch. With two outs and runners at second and third, Walsh clinched the victory with a strikeout of Carson Bish and the Tigers hung on for an 8-6 win. The save was Walsh’s second of the season. He worked three innings and allowed two runs, one earned, with four strikeouts and four walks.

David Posey was the winning pitcher with four innings and six strikeouts.

Posey was the winning pitcher and improved to 2-0 on the campaign. The U.S. Naval Academy commit tossed four innings and permitted four runs, punching out six and walking three. Bish suffered the loss for Butler, going 5.1 innings and allowed all eight runs with four strikeouts and three walks.

Senior catcher Andrew Dixon was also pivotal to the win, blocking numerous pitches in the dirt with runners aboard in the late innings and throwing out one runner. He also reached base twice with a pair of walks.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in Section 1-6A. Butler slips to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the section. The Tigers will visit the Golden Tornado at Pullman Park on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in game two of the three-game series.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Butler - 04/08/2024

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - David Posey (2-0) LP - Carson Bish (1-1) SV - Jackson Walsh (2)

J.J. Mancuso’s First Career HR Highlights 5-4 Win Over Norwin

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The North Allegheny baseball team earned a third consecutive home victory to start the 2024 season with a 5-4 triumph over the Norwin Knights on Thursday afternoon. The Tigers built a 5-0 lead in the early innings and staved off a rally by the Knights in the late innings. The game was a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal and the Tigers once again prevailed over the Knights.

In the bottom of the first inning, a throwing error with two outs opened the door for the game’s first run. Junior Augie Maslo capitalized on the Norwin miscue and delivered a two-run single to score seniors David Posey and J.D. Costanzo for a 2-0 lead.

Following a leadoff single by senior Matthew Parreaguirre in the bottom of the second inning, freshman J.J. Mancuso made a spectacular debut by stroking a two-run homer on the first pitch of his first varsity at-bat and deposited the fly ball over the left field fence for a 4-0 lead.

The Tigers tacked on an insurance run in the third inning thanks another Norwin error. Junior Michael Hershberger tallied a one-out single and was substituted by courtesy runner Sean O’Donnell. The quick-footed O’Donnell scored later in the inning on a throwing error to increase the NA lead to 5-0.

Despite the fast start, North Allegheny pitchers walked 10 batters and hit two more to help spark a Norwin rally in the middle innings. In the top of the fourth inning, Keegan Carr posted an RBI and Will Griffiths was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to trim the NA lead to 5-2.

J.D. Costanzo pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the save and Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.

The Knights inched even closer in the fifth inning when an NA throwing error and a fielder’s choice RBI by Carr cut the Tigers advantage to 5-4. That’s when Costanzo was called out of the bullpen to douse the Norwin comeback. The southpaw struck out three batters in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the save. For his crucial efforts in the victory, Costanzo was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game.

Reliever Cole Suba picked up the win for North Allegheny with one inning of relief. Starter Charles Mau went three scoreless frames on the bump but didn’t go the required four innings to qualify for the victory. Right hander Colin Moore also made an appearance out of the pen for the Tigers.

For Norwin, starting hurler Ethen Culbertson worked three innings and permitted five runs, just two earned, to suffer the loss. Reliever Brayden Wardzinski was impressive with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 3-0 on the season, while Norwin falls to 2-2 overall. The Tigers return to action on Tuesday for another non-section game at Plum.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Norwin - 03/28/2024

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - Cole Suba (1-0) LP - Ethen Culbertson SV - J.D. Costanzo (1)

Tigers Roll Vikes, 10-3

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The North Allegheny baseball team capitalized on erratic pitching from Central Catholic hurlers for two big innings and a 10-3 victory on Monday afternoon in non-section play.

In the bottom of the first inning, sophomore Carson Pettyjohn got the start for the visiting Vikings and walked three batters, hit two more, uncorked two wild pitches, accounted for a throwing error, and committed one balk. When the dust settled, the Tigers cashed in for six runs on just two hits in the inning and led, 6-0.

Central Catholic went to the bullpen for the second inning and received an impressive outing from sophomore Joshua McFadden. The right-hander went four innings scoreless innings of relief to give his team a chance to rally.

The Vikings lineup was held hitless in the first three frames by NA starter David Posey but PCC started to make some noise in the top of the fourth. An RBI double by Pettyjohn cut the the Tigers lead to 6-1, but with a chance to trim the deficit further with the bases loaded and one out, Posey shut the door on the Vikings with a strikeout and groundout in his final inning of work.

Central Catholic continued to chip away in the top of the fifth inning, however, when Landon Greene clubbed a home run over the right field fence to cut the NA lead to 6-3. That was as close as the Vikings would get as another sloppy inning by the PCC pitching staff put the game away for the Tigers in the bottom of the sixth.

Without the benefit of a base hit, North Allegheny took advantage of five walks, two wild pitches and an error to score four more runs and increased the score to 10-3, Tigers. North Allegheny senior reliever Greg Schmidt went the final three innings to earn the save, allowing two runs with six strikeouts and four walks.

Posey was the winning pitcher with four strong innings on the bump, permitting only one run with five strikeouts and two walks. Offensively, the U.S. Naval Academy commit also went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI’s and was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game for a solid all-around performance.

Senior third baseman Owen Schall tallied two RBI’s, while adding a walk and a run scored. Seniors J.D. Costanzo and Andrew Dixon chipped in with RBI’s in the victory.

With the win, North Allegheny improves to 2-0 on the young season, while Central Catholic falls to 3-1. The Tigers will host Norwin in a rematch of last season’s WPIAL quarterfinal. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Central Catholic - 03/25/2024

Score by Innings1234567RHE
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WP - David Posey (1-0) LP - Carson Pettyjohn (1-1) SV - Greg Schmidt (1)