Tigers Outlast Rain, Warriors In WPIAL 1st Round Win
In his longest outing of the season, senior Luke Trueman pitched 6.1 innings of shutout baseball to help North Allegheny blank the seventh-seeded Penn-Trafford Warriors, 6-0, in the WPIAL first round on Wednesday night. Pitching most of the year out of the bullpen, Trueman outlasted the Warriors, and a one hour and 30 minute rain delay, in just his second start of the season. Reliever Caiden Wood finished up on the mound by collecting the final two outs of the ballgame in the seventh.
With Trueman rendering the Warriors silent on the night, the Tigers lineup scored all the runs they needed in the third inning. NA’s first run came on a groundball by Trueman to PT pitcher Tyler Horvat who attempted to tag baserunner Jared Orwell trying to score from third base. The umpires ruled Horvat bobbled the ball on his tag attempt and Orwell scored to give North Allegheny a 1-0 lead.
Justin Hamm followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0, Tigers. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, sophomore Ryan Dougherty clubbed a double to right centerfield to score two more runs, ballooning NA’s lead to 4-0. Dougherty finished with two hits, both doubles, and shared the Wright Automotive Player of the Game award with Trueman.
Penn-Trafford still trailed by four runs when the game was halted by rain in the sixth inning. The precipitation did not put a damper on NA’s momentum as the Tigers scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh to put the game away for a 6-0 win.
Following the victory, North Allegheny improves to 11-10 overall and will advance to face the second-seeded Bethel Park Black Hawks. Penn-Trafford’s season comes to an end with a 13-6 record.
Baseball vs. Penn-Trafford, 5-16-18
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