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2021-2022 Game Summaries

NA Upended By Upper St. Clair in WPIAL Quarterfinals

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North Allegheny’s quest for a ninth WPIAL title came to end on Monday evening with a 5-1 extra innings loss to Upper St. Clair at Shaler’s Matulevic Field. The seventh-seeded Panthers upset the second-seeded Tigers on the strength of four-run eighth inning in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals.

Against Upper St. Clair starter Joe Altvater, North Allegheny scratched across the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning when Harron Lee drove in Spencer Barnett on a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

North Allegheny starter Connor Smith had another strong outing and retired the first nine batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning. Smith extended his scoreless innings streak to 28.2 consecutive innings before USC scored an unearned run in the top of the sixth. An NA throwing error opened the door for a sacrifice fly by Mateo Cepullio in the sixth, tying the score at 1-1.

It appeared the Tigers might quickly reclaim the lead by loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth. However, Altvater wiggled out of the jam by inducing an inning ending double play to keep the game tied, 1-1.

The score remained deadlocked until USC broke through for a four-run top of the eighth. The Panthers took the lead on a bases loaded walk by Jack Shearer and increased the advantage to 4-1 on a two-run single by Ty Lagoni. Brandon Liokareas added a bases loaded walk to drive in an additional run for a 5-1 lead for the Panthers.

Altvater capped his complete game effort by tossing a scoreless bottom of the eighth to close out the upset win for the Panthers. Making a spot start, Altvater allowed one unearned run with three walks and eight strikeouts to earn the victory.

For North Allegheny, Smith was outstanding despite a no-decision, permitting only one unearned run, and two hits and with two walks and seven strikeouts. Barnett took the loss, surrendering four runs in 0.1 of an inning, and senior right hander Jack Baumgartel pitched 0.2 of scoreless relief.

An exceptional defensive effort was turned in by junior Andrew Dougherty, who made a diving catch in right field and a fine running catch in the gap in the seventh inning. Capping a great run at North Allegheny, including a WPIAL championship in 2021, seniors Baumgartel, Smith, Caden Suba, Cole Young, Liam Woodworth, Erik Sundgren, Aaron Galaska, Brady Quatman and Aaron Posey were named the Wright Automotive Players of the Game.

Upper St. Clair improves to 11-8 overall and will face Butler on Tuesday in the WPIAL semifinals. North Allegheny’s season ends with a 15-6 record. Congratulations to head coach Andrew Heck and the entire North Allegheny baseball team for another memorable season.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Upper St. Clair - 05/23/2022

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WP - Joe Altvater LP - Spencer Barnett (0-2)

Tigers Wrap Up Regular Season with Third Straight Shutout

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by Brandon Rossi

The North Allegheny baseball team concluded the 2022 regular season with a lightning-shortened shutout victory over South Fayette, 4-0 in five innings. The runs came in early and often as one came across in the opening frame and another two in the second. The final pitched of the game also produced the Tigers’ final run.

After senior Erik Sundgren walked with one out, classmate Aaron Posey drove him in on an RBI single to put the Tigers ahead 1-0. In the second, junior Anthony Varlotta led off with a triple. A double steal with junior Andrew Dougherty brought Varlotta home, and then Dougherty was eventually brought in on a sacrifice bunt by Sundgren.

The Tigers threatened in the fourth with a pair of singles by Varlotta and Dougherty, but the threat was snuffed out. Then in the fifth, NA concluded the game with four consecutive walks, starting with Sundgren who scored on the final pitch of the offering. As South Fayette commenced a mound visit, the game was called due to lightning in the area.

On the mound for NA, junior Andrew Hart was nearly untouchable. He struck out six of the first seven batters and only allowed one base hit through it all, fanning eight when all was said and done. He had a no hitter going until the first batter of the fifth.

The Tigers finish the regular season with a 15-5 overall record and will enter the WPIAL 6A playoffs as the No. 2 seed. They take on Upper St. Clair on Monday, May 23 at a site and time yet to be determined. The game will be broadcast live by the North Allegheny Sports Network.

Line Score - Baseball vs. South Fayette - 05/13/2022

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WP - Andrew Hart LP - Krewson

David Posey’s 5-RBI Night Highlights Win Over USC

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by Brandon Rossi

North Allegheny laced all 11 of its runs in the third and fourth innings and cruised to an 11-0 non-conference victory over Upper St. Clair Thursday evening. Sophomore David Posey led the way by driving in nearly half of the Tigers’ runs thanks to a two-RBI single and a three-run home run.

After a relatively quiet start in the first two innings, North Allegheny exploded in the third for four runs and another seven in the fourth, with five hits coming in each inning.

Senior Cole Young also mashed a two-run homer over the right field fence, his second dinger of the season and his 11th as a Tiger. Young, Posey, and juniors Spencer Barnett and Andrew Hart all squared around a pair of base hits. Senior Erik Sundgren also drove in a pair, as did Young and Barnett.

Senior Jack Baumgartel was credited with the five-inning win on the bump after fanning six Panthers and only surrendering one walk. Upper St. Clair starter Braden Pechart was tagged with the loss after four innings of work and walking four Tigers.

North Allegheny improves to 14-5 after the penultimate victory of the regular season. With the WPIAL baseball pairings looming in less than 24 hours, the Tigers also finish the regular season tomorrow evening with a non-conference game against South Fayette with a 6:00 first pitch.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Upper St. Clair - 05/12/2022

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WP - Jack Baumgartel LP - Braden Pechart

Barnett Homers, Smith Twirls Gem in 2-0 Win At Penn-Trafford

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North Allegheny senior Connor Smith twirled a two-hit complete game shutout against Penn-Trafford on Wednesday afternoon and the Tigers earned a 2-0 non-section win on the road. Smith improves to 4-0 on the season and extends his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 23.1 innings.

With Smith delivering another gem on the diamond, he got all the offense he needed when Spencer Barnett hit a solo homer, his second of the season, in the fourth inning for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers increased the lead to 2-0 in the fifth inning on an RBI by groundout by Andrew Hart that scored Andrew Dougherty.

Penn-Trafford’s Evan Del Signore was the hard luck loser, permitting only two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out five batters.

North Allegheny improves to 13-5 overall with the non-section win and will host Upper St. Clair on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

 

Tigers Cap DH Sweep With Walk-Off Win Over Shaler, 10-9

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Senior Erik Sundgren’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted North Allegheny to a thrilling 10-9 non-section win over Shaler on Thursday and completed a doubleheader sweep for the Tigers. Earlier in the day, North Allegheny defeated Mars in non-section play, 6-2. With the sweep, the Tigers have won six of their last seven games entering the final week of the regular season.

Erik Sundgren drives in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Sundgren, who finished 3-for-4 with two triples and three RBI, capped an exciting back-and forth game with Shaler with his walk-off hit in the seventh. Senior Cole Young also had a big game, going 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI. Senior Andrew Hart drove in three runs as the top three in the batting order (Sundgren, Young and Hart) were a combined 7-for-11 with eight RBI. The offensive showcase came against Shaler’s highly touted product from Venezuela, Miguel Hugas, who was touched up for eight runs (three earned) in 5.1 innings. Hugas did his part offensively for the Titans, however, with a 3-for-4 day, belting a home run and collecting six RBI. North Allegheny senior reliever Caden Suba earned the victory with three innings of work, permitting three unearned runs with three walks and four strikeouts.

Earlier in the day in game against Mars, it was sophomore Cole Suba who picked up the win with five strong innings of relief, allowing only two runs in five innings on the bump. It was the first varsity victory for the younger Suba brother. Senior Aaron Galaska was the opener for NA with two scoreless innings to start the contest. Offensively, junior Spencer Barnett stroked his first home run of the season with a solo shot, while junior Harron Lee drove in a pair of runs as well.

North Allegheny improves to 12-5 overall with the non-section sweep. The Tigers will host Norwin on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. for another non-section affair.

Line Score - Baseball vs. Mars - 05/05/2022

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WP - Cole Suba (1-0) LP - Richard Lusk

Line Score - Baseball vs. Shaler - 05/05/2022

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North Allegheny130203110102
WP - Caden Suba (2-0) LP - Logan Bauer