2020-2021 Game Summaries
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team won the WPISL championship over the weekend. In four matches and starting as the fifth seed, NA defeated Ellwood City 19-4, North Hills 6-5, Montour 9-6, and in the championship, Seneca 21-10. It’s North Allegheny’s fourth WPISL crown and first since 2011.
Heading into the playoffs, NA was 9-5. First up was a matchup with Ellwood City.
Getting things started, senior Katie Marangoni doubled in the first inning, scoring two runs. In the third inning, the Tigers’ offense exploded, scoring six runs. Batters contributing to this big inning were senior Carly Snyder, junior Nikki Crean, junior Megan Quinlan, senior Lizzie Wetmore, and Marangoni, who all earned RBIs.
NA racked up 19 runs total in the game. Marangoni, Wetmore, junior Evelyn Wiethorn, senior Claire Medic, Quinlan, and junior Emily Yanchak each had multiple hits for North Allegheny Wiethorn, Wetmore, and Marangoni each collected three hits. Marangoni led the team with four RBIs.
Yanchak pitched a great game, only allowing ten hits, four runs, and no walks.
Game 2 of the playoffs wasn’t going to be easy against local rivals and fourth-seeded North Hills.
After NA scored one run in the top of the third, North Hills answered with one of their own. The Tigers scored when junior Audrey Laswell doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. North Hills then answered with a solo homer.
NA took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth, Marangoni doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs and Laswell doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Yanchak pitched all seven innings, allowing 13 hits and five runs while walking one.
The Tigers collected 13 hits in the game. Wetmore, Laswell, Marangoni, and Crean each managed multiple hits for NA. Wetmore went 3-for-3 at the plate. North Allegheny didn’t commit a single error in the field. Wetmore had the most chances in the field with nine.
The final score was 6-5, Tigers, who headed to the semi-finals to take on top-seeded Montour.
In the first inning, NA got their offense started when Wetmore singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
The Tigers notched four runs in the fourth inning. Senior Madi Klinefelter, Laswell, and junior Sydney Besket, all contributed to the big inning with RBIs.
In the bottom of the seventh, Montour tied up the game with some big hits, forcing the game into extra innings.
This was just the moment Wetmore was waiting for. She smacked it over the fence for the winning run.
NA racked up 17 hits in the game. Laswell, Klinefelter, Marangoni, Wetmore, Quinlan, and Yanchak all managed multiple hits for NA. Klinefelter and Laswell each managed three hits to lead the team. NA was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Wetmore had the most chances in the field with seven.
NA won the game against Montour in extra innings 9-6.
Next up: the finals against second-seeded Seneca Valley
The Tigers got things moving in the first inning, when Quinlan doubled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
NA tallied one home run on the day when Klinefelter went for the long ball in the fifth inning with a three-run homer.
NA’s offense was relentless and their defense played tight, earning another five runs in the seventh inning. The rally was led by singles by Crean, Wiethorn, and Klinefelter and an error on a ball put in play by Quinlan.
NA collected 23 hits. Wiethorn, Wetmore, Quinlan, Laswell, Medic, and Klinefelter all collected multiple hits for North Allegheny. Wiethorn went 5-for-5.
NA’s infield played tough. Their pitcher, Yanchak, pitched four beautiful games over two days, walking few and kept the batters guessing. The combination of shortstop Wetmore, second baseman Quinlan, first baseman Marangoni, third baseman Medic, and catcher Besket executed every play, every tag with perfection.
NA’s outfielders, Crean, Wiethorn, Klinefelter, and Snyder covered more ground and made some of the most incredible dramatic catches. With the powerful hitters NA’s team was facing, this was a game won by the outfield.
These athletes, pouring their hearts into this game, working as one, pulled off a 21-10 victory over Seneca and are now the WPISL champions.
A special thanks to coaches Dave Metzger, Bob Beck, and Tom Quinlan for their countless hours and incredible coaching this season.
North Allegheny slow-pitch softball fell in their last doubleheader of the regular season to North Hills, 24-15 and 11-6, Sunday afternoon at Marshall Middle School.
Game one was tightly contested throughout as North Hills jumped out with four in the top of the first inning but North Allegheny responded with two of their own. Leading 5-3 in the third inning North Hills put together seven straight hits with two outs and extended their lead to 12-3. North Allegheny was trailing 12-5 in the bottom of the fifth when they exploded for eight runs of their own giving themselves their first lead of the day at 13-12. Audrey Laswell had the go-ahead RBI triple to score Emily Yanchak. North Hills though would respond with thirteen runs in the final two innings to pull away with a 24-15 win.
Megan Quinlan was the Wright Automotive Player of the Game going 4-for-4. Katie Marangoni had three hits while Nikki Crean, Evelyn Wiethorn, Lizzie Wetmore, Madi Klinefelter, Claire Medic, and Laswell all had two hits. Yanchak pitched for the Lady Tigers.
Game two was a defensive showcase for North Hills holding the Tigers scoreless until the fourth inning where Marangoni and Klinefelter had RBIs in the inning and was able to cut the lead to 7-2. North Allegheny could never really get it going offensively and ultimately lost the game 11-6. Marangoni was the Wright Automotive Player of the game going 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a single. Wiethorn also added two hits along with Medic and Laswell.
North Allegheny finishes the regular season at 9-5 while North Hills finishes at 10-4. Up next for the Tigers and Indians will be the WPISL Playoffs next weekend.
North Allegheny’s Slow-Pitch Softball team won with two strong victories, 11-5 and 15-5, in Peters Township on Sunday.
NA got things started in the first inning when senior Lizzie Wetmore homered on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Peters Township tied things up at five, but NA put up three runs in the sixth inning, with junior Nikki Crean and sophomore Helen Katyal, knocking in runs.
Junior Evelyn Wiethorn had a great game pitching – she allowed thirteen hits and five runs over seven innings, striking out one and walking zero. The best play of the game goes to sophomore Katyal with a phenomenal catch in right center when she snagged the ball over the fence and prevented 3 runs from scoring.
The Tigers racked up 14 hits in the game. Katyal, Wetmore, Crean, junior Sydney Besket, and Wiethorn each collected multiple hits for NA.. Katyal led with three hits in four at bats.
In game two, NA opened up scoring in the first inning. Senior Katie Marangoni singled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run. They went on to score five runs in the sixth inning. The offensive onslaught was led by Crean, Marangoni, senior Madi Klinefelter, and sophomore Riley Yates, all driving in runs in the frame.
Wiethorn pitched six innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits and striking out one.
NA launched two home runs on the day. Crean went deep in the sixth inning. Wiethorn went for the long ball in the fourth inning. NA had 17 hits in the game. Marangoni, Senior Claire Medic, senior Carly Snyder, Wetmore, Besket, and Wiethorn all collected multiple hits for NA. Marangoni went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead NA in hits for game two.
With the sweep, North Allegheny improves to 9-3 on the season. The Tigers will host North Hills on Sunday, Oct. 18 in the regular season finale.
The North Allegheny slow-pitch softball team fell to Seneca Valley in two tough games on Sunday afternoon, 23-5 and 24-7.
The Raiders offense was relentless and continually pounded the ball, hitting it over the fence countless times. NA struggled to keep up.
In the second game, there were a few bright spots when junior catcher Sydney Besket made two outs catching foul balls behind home plate and when seniors Lizzie Wetmore and Katie Marangoni both hit home runs.
North Allegheny’s record is 7-3 as they head to take on Peters Township at Peterswood Park at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. next Sunday.
by Jonathan Spina
NA erased a six-run deficit in game one to win 16-12 but fell in the second game by a score of 18-8 in a weekend double header contest against Plum at Marshall Middle School on Senior Day.
In game one, the Tigers fell behind 4-0 in the second inning but two runs in the bottom of the second and then a two out, bases clearing double by Katie Marangoni gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the day 5-4. Plum responded by giving themselves a 12-6 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth but NA was able to cut the lead to 12-11 heading into the bottom of the seventh. Lizzie Wetmore tied the game with a lead off home run, Marangoni doubled, Madi Klinefelter walked, Emily Yanchak singled and then Audrey Laswell hit a walk off grand slam to give North Allegheny the 16-12 win.
Marangoni was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game in the first game, going 4-for-4 with four RBIs and two doubles. Claire Medic had three hits and Nikki Crean, Evelyn Wiethorn and Sydney Besket all added two hits each.
In game two, the Lady Tigers carried the momentum over with a three-run top of the first but Plum responded by scoring eight runs in the next two innings, giving them the 8-4 lead. The game stayed close throughout but with a slim 9-8 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, Plum was able to score nine runs in the inning and win the game 18-8 to invoke the 10-run rule.
For her efforts, Wetmore was named the Wright Automotive Player of the Game, going 1-for-3 with a home run, her second of the day. Klinefelter and Medic each had two hits in the game.
North Allegheny’s record is now 7-1 while Plum goes to 5-5. Up next for the Lady Tigers will be a road trip to Graham Park in Seneca Valley to take on the Raiders next Sunday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.