Caropresi Twirls Gem, NA Bats Quieted By State College In PIAA 1st Rd Loss
The North Allegheny baseball team met up with State College in the opening round of the PIAA playoffs on Tuesday afternoon and the Little Lions scratched past the Tigers in a pitcher’s duel, 1-0. Senior pitcher Danny Caropresi twirled a marvelous game for the Tigers despite the defeat, tossing a complete game and permitting only one unearned run. Caropresi scattered five hits and struck out a pair.
While Caropresi was dominant, State College starter Mason Mellott was nearly untouchable. The Penn State University commit yielded just two hits and struck out 12 batters. Seniors Bobby Brown and Jack Lehew collected the Tigers’ only hits on the day.
The decisive run crossed the plate for the District 6 champions in the bottom of the fifth inning. Liam Clarke posted a one-out double, advanced to third base on a ground out by Kenny Magnes and scored moments later on a North Allegheny error for a 1-0 lead. That run proved to be the game winner in a contest where hits came at a premium.
State College advances to the PIAA quarterfinals to face Penn Manor who defeated WPIAL champion Pine-Richland on Tuesday, 6-4. North Allegheny’s season ends with an overall record of 17-8. Congratulations to head coach Andrew Heck and the North Allegheny baseball team for an outstanding 2017 campaign.
Baseball vs. State College, 6-6-17
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