Tigers Run Circles Around Planets On Senior Day
The North Allegheny baseball defeated the Mars Planets on Friday afternoon, 5-1, on Senior Day in a non-section contest. Fittingly, senior pitcher Brett McSparran got the start and earned the victory, permitting only one run on two hits in five innings on the bump. McSparran struck out six while walking only two, receiving Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors by the North Allegheny Sports Network.
In relief, senior hurler Joseph Dejonckheere was also impressive with two scoreless innings.
The North Allegheny lineup ran circles around the Planets with 11 stolen bases on the day, including four by senior Andrew Dougherty. McSparran, junior Owen Schall and senior Spencer Barnett swiped two bags each and senior Anthony Varlotta added one stolen base.
With the running game in full effect, the Tigers wasted little time in scoring the game’s first run. An RBI double by Barnett gave NA a 1-0 lead in the first inning and Andrew Hart added an RBI groundout later in the frame for a 2-0 advantage.
In the second inning, Schall plated a run with an RBI single to score McSparran for a 3-0 lead. Mars touched the scoreboard in the top of the fifth on a Brad Astbury single, trimming to the score to 3-1, Tigers.
A Hart sacrifice fly and a Mars throwing error added two more runs to the NA ledger in the bottom of the fifth, closing out the scoring in a 5-1 victory.
Kyle Haddad took the loss for the Planets, surrendering three runs in two innings as the starter.
With the win, North Allegheny improves to 9-2 overall, while Mars falls to 6-6. The Tigers return to action on Monday at Seneca Valley for a big section series with the Raiders.
Line Score - Baseball vs. Mars - 04/21/2023
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