2021-2022 Game Summaries
The NA Lady Tigers headed into WPISL playoff action this past weekend as the No. 4 seed, earning a first round bye. Their second-round opponent was the Baldwin Fighting Highlanders, coming off a first round victory over Hempfield. The Tigers got off to a fast start with a 2-0 lead in the first inning highlighted by an inside-the-park home run by sophomore Reilly Spitz. They held a 4-2 lead after four innings with RBIs by seniors Audrey Laswell and Emily Yanchak.
The fifth inning began with another inside-the-park home run, this time for Junior Helen Katyal. Seniors Evelyn Wiethorn and Sydney Besket each were credited with RBIs, extending the Tiger lead to 8-2. A change in pitchers yielded little help to the Lady Highlanders with the Tigers sending nine players to the plate collecting seven hits in the sixth inning, highlighted by a double off the bat of senior Megan Quinlan. Spitz collected three more RBIs to lead the team with four for the game. Defensive gems of the game include first inning snags by junior Riley Yates and a run-saving grab by Laswell in left field. The 13-2 win sent the Tigers into the semi-final Sunday afternoon against the Bethel Park Hawks.
The Lady Tigers were kept off the scoresheet the first two innings of the game. The Bethel Park offense was consistent and after two innings held a 4-0 lead over the Tigers. After a Spitz ground-rule double, Quinlan knocked in Junior Nina Pietrzak who had singled earlier in the inning to put the first runs on the board for the Tigers. Base hits by sophomore Jayna Cole and Pietrzak set the stage for a two RBI base hit by Katyal. After five complete, Bethel Park held a 7-3 lead. Heading into the seventh the Tigers were down 9-3 and attempted a late-game rally. Base hits off the bats of senior Hannah Bennett and Yanchak earned the Tigers their next run. After a walk to Pietrzak, Katyal knocked in two more runs with a triple to the gap. The Tigers comeback came to an end however, with the Lady Hawks edging out the Tigers with a final score of 9-6.
Another strong season by the NA Lady Tigers was showcased by an 11-5 overall record. During regular season play, the team won the WPISL team Offensive and Defensive awards with Most Runs Scored and Fewest Runs Allowed, and a run differential of 145. This was 50 runs more than the closest competitor. Congratulations Tigers on a terrific 2021 season.
NA Slow-Pitch Softball ended its regular season on Sunday with a two-game sweep of Seneca Valley 19-2 and 19-3.
The Tigers took the lead early in game one and were ahead 8-0 by the bottom of the fourth inning. A strong defense in game one was highlighted by Evelyn Wiethorn with her flawless double play in the third inning. The gap widened with NA scoring five unanswered runs in the fifth inning and another 6 runs in the sixth. Audrey Laswell is credited with three of the last six runs hitting a screaming three run homer over the center field fence. Seneca Valley would score their two runs at the bottom of the six before the Tiger defense shut them down.
In game two consistent hitting by the Tigers would produce equal results on the scoreboard. In inning two it was Megan Quinlan who brought in a three-run homer crushing the ball over the center field fence. Then In the fourth inning, Tye Ross showed her defensive skill with a flexible over the head catch for the out in right field.
The Tigers end the regular season with a record of 10-4.
North Allegheny moves on to tournament play in Mt. Lebanon next weekend hunting down a back-to-back WPISL Championship.
The North Allegheny Lady Tigers matched-up with the first-place Shaler Titans on Sunday and split the twin bill at Marshall Middle School, dropping game one, 6-3, but bouncing back in game two for 16-3 victory.
Game one proved to be a pitcher’s duel. The Titans started off strong in the first by placing three runs on the score sheet to open the game. The Tigers got one back in the bottom half when senior Audrey Laswell singled to knock in junior Helen Katyal. No scoring until the bottom of the third when the Tigers tied the game off an RBI double by senior Evelyn Wiethorn, scoring both Nina Pietrzak and Riley Yates who had doubled two batters earlier. The score remained tied until the top of the seventh when the Titans were able to push three runs across the plate. NA was unable to muster much offense in the bottom half giving the Shaler Titans their 10th victory of the 2021 campaign.
The Lady Tigers bounced back in a big way for game two of the twin bill with the first five batters all recording base hits to start the game. Leading the charge was senior Meghan Quinlan with a run-scoring double. Wiethorn, sophomores Reilly Spitz and Jayna Cole also registered RBIs to give the Tigers a six-run lead. Shaler threatened in the bottom half of the first but was shut down by a throw from Quinlan to catcher senior Sydney Besket, nailing a Lady Titan attempting to score from second on a base hit.
NA added two more runs in the second, highlighted by a triple off the bat of speedy Helen Katyal. Yates knocked her in with a towering sac fly to deep right center field. Wiethorn then scored on a single off the bat of Besket to increase their lead to 8-0. The Tigers continued to add runs to the score sheet in the third inning. With the bases loaded, after hits by Spitz and Pietrzak and a walk to senior Emily Yanchak, Katyal came to the plate and smacked her second triple of the game along with two RBIs. Quinlan matched Kaytal’s effort with a run-scoring triple of her own, giving the Tigers a 10-3 lead after three innings of play.
Both teams remained off the scoreboard until the seventh when NA scored four more times highlighted by a bases-clearing double to the right-center gap by Pietrzak. Yanchak shutdown the Lady Titans in the bottom half of the seventh handing them their fourth loss of the season.
The Lady Tigers wrap-up regular season play at Seneca Valley Oct. 17 beginning at 2 PM.
By Brandon Rossi
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team upended Bethel Park in Sunday’s WPISL double header, 17-12 in game one and 16-4 in game two thanks to a combination of timely hitting and stellar pitching. The wins not only move the Tigers to 7-3 on the season but also marks the first losses of the season for the visiting Black Hawks.
In game one, the Tigers had to battle back early on. North Allegheny found itself trailing 10-3 after two and a half innings but would outscore the Black Hawks 14-2 for the remainder of the game. The key was a six-spot put up in the bottom of the third, where seven straight Tigers got two out base knocks to cut the gap to just one run.
The Tigers took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. A sacrifice fly by senior Evelyn Wiethorn brought home classmate Megan Quinlan, who singled and galloped to third after a pair of BP errors. The tiebreaking RBI was laced for a double by senior Hannah Bennett, part of a 4-for-4 day with two doubles which earned her Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
North Allegheny got some insurance in the fifth inning fittingly with five more runs. Five Tigers had RBI singles to push the lead to 17-11. The Black Hawks got one back in the sixth but nothing more for the rest of the game.
All 11 Tigers collected at least one hit and scored at least once. To go along with Bennett’s 4-for-4 stat line, senior Sydney Besket also went 3-for-4 with three straight hits. Quinlan scored three times and sophomore Reilly Spitz drove in three runs.
In game two, the Tigers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead in the first. They were buoyed by a three-run blast to left center field by Wiethorn to get the hitting parade started. It was part of seven straight base hits for the Tigers and eight straight batters to score runs in the big first inning.
However, North Allegheny was not contempt to go into cruise control for the rest of the game. It added runs in every inning for game two. The Tigers added one run in the second and fourth innings, two in the third and four more in the fifth. They were paced by junior Helen Katyal, who went 3-for-3, reaching base all four times and scoring twice. Wiethorn had four runs driven in while Spitz added three more RBI’s.
The defense was outstanding in game two. Senior pitcher Emily Yanchak limited a potent Bethel Park offense that averaged 21 runs a game to just four runs in the second game, 16 between both games of the twin bill. Yanchak did not allow a run until the final inning of game two which turned out to be an inside the park home run. Her stellar performance in the circle gave her Wright Automotive Player of the Game honors.
Now just one game out of first place, the Tigers enter have an important double header with one of those teams tied for first, the Shaler Titans. Those games take place on Sunday, October 10 at Marshall Middle School with game one set to begin at 2:00.
North Allegheny Slow-Pitch softball fell in their makeup double header against Montour, 12-10 and 15-9, Thursday evening at Fairhaven Field.
In game one the Tigers matched Montour hit for hit through the third inning. Montour would notch it up a few soon after. Evelyn Wiethorn had the Tigers only over the fence home run of Game One. Wiethorn, Riley Yates, Megan Quinlan, Audrey Laswell, Sydney Besket, Emily Yanchak and Jayna Cole would all have multiple hits. On defense, Nina Pietrzak shut down 3 runners at third while Yates grabbed a screaming line drive.
In game two, the Tigers were out hit by Montour after two innings. Wiethorn and Pietrzak each had over the fence home runs both bringing in two additional runners. Reilly Spitz was consistent, stretching to make several stellar scoops at first. Yanchak was dependable as pitcher for both games.
NA’s record moves to 5-3. The Tigers will be looking to rebound on Sunday when they host Bethel Park in a double header at MMS for Senior Recognition Day.