Hempfield softball stays unbeaten in victory over North Allegheny


Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 9:05 PM

A day after transferring into the state softball rankings, Hempfield was out to indicate it belonged there once more.

The Spartans regarded the half in an environment friendly, 1 hour, 20-minute victory towards visiting North Allegheny.

The highest-ranked workforce in WPIAL Class 6A and fourth-ranked workforce within the state obtained a elevate from the underside of its batting order and powerful work from its freshman pitcher and protection to come back out forward 4-2 on Thursday in Part 2-6A motion at Kalp Subject.

The primary-place Spartans moved to 9-0 total and 7-0 in part. The win was their tenth straight at house.

Riley Miller earned the complete-game win, hanging out six and strolling two, whereas serving to her trigger with a solo house run and two RBIs.

Working forward in counts and pounding the strike zone, she pressured 9 groundouts and 5 flyouts towards a potent Tigers lineup that was restricted to 5 hits, the identical quantity Hempfield had, solely the Spartans produced three doubles and Miller’s homer.

Hempfield first-year coach Tina Madison will take the win, however she wasn’t altogether happy with the manufacturing of her workforce. Whereas the Spartans solely left three on base — a far cry from the 16 they left stranded in a 3-2 win over Butler — she needed extra from the forehead of the order.

“Often the highest of our lineup is hearth,” Madison mentioned. “It wasn’t nearly as good at the moment, however the again finish was actually good. And so was our protection.”

However isn’t that the mark of a superb workforce: one a part of the order selecting up one other?

“I knew our ladies had been going to rise up for a workforce like NA. They’re NA,” Madison mentioned. “They’re an enormous rival for us and such a superb program. I wish to educate them to complete. That is 6A. You let a pair ladies on base, and also you’re a swing away from giving up the lead.”

Spartans senior Sydney Mitchell tied it 1-1 with a run-scoring double off the fence within the backside of the primary.

Miller, who hits eighth, ripped an opposite-field solo shot to proper heart with two outs within the second for a 2-1 lead.

The Spartans then labored out of bother within the third when North Allegheny (7-4, 3-3), which has dropped 4 of its final 6, put two on with two outs. The runners reached on an error and a stroll.

However freshman Sammy Plotsko, who had an RBI earlier, lined out to sophomore Sarah Podkul, who made a leaping seize at second.

The Tigers tied it 2-2 within the fourth, although, as freshman McKenna Rowlands singled, senior Reagan Dietrick walked and junior Sadie Kelly singled.

Kelly’s hit took an odd bounce off the infield filth, which disrupted sophomore shortstop Olivia Grimmer from fielding the ball cleanly.

A two-run fourth put Hempfield in entrance to remain. Sophomore Hannah Uhrinek walked and moved to second on a sacrifice.

Freshman catcher Allie Cervola then singled to left earlier than Grimmer, the No. 7 hitter, roped a double to the bottom of the fence in left heart for an RBI.

Miller’s sacrifice fly to heart made it 4-2.

Uhrinek additionally had a double however was left on base.

North Allegheny didn’t get a runner to second the remainder of the sport.

“They’re a superb workforce, and so they have a high quality program,” North Allegheny coach Morgan Vescovi mentioned. “We fell quick, however we all know we may have performed a greater recreation with them. We’re beginning to study our opponents as we go. That’s the first time we noticed them. We didn’t know (Miller), and now we do. We have now to make changes for the subsequent recreation towards them.”

Whereas it did have one error, Hempfield was largely sound defensively.

“Our protection was actually good,” Miller mentioned. “We’re all there for one another. If (the highest of the order isn’t producing), we’re there to step up and do the job.”

Junior Meghan McDonough had two hits, and senior Alaina Whipkey tripled for the Tigers.

Hempfield has clinched its seventh straight playoff berth. Third-place North Allegheny is closing in on a postseason spot.

“Hempfield is the one workforce we now have seen twice,” Vescovi mentioned. “We have now quite a lot of video games left to play. We have now 4 part video games subsequent week.”

Invoice Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Evaluation Employees Author. You possibly can contact Invoice by e-mail at [email protected] or through Twitter .

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