North Allegheny baseball blanks Penn-Trafford in rain-delayed first-round game
By: Bill Beckner Jr.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 11:21 PM
No. 10 seed North Allegheny returned from a 77-minute rain delay to tack on two insurance runs in the seventh inning and blank No. 7 Penn-Trafford, 6-0, in a WPIAL Class 6A first-round baseball playoff game Wednesday night at Latrobe's Graham-Sobota Field.
North Allegheny (11-10) advances to play No. 2 Bethel Park (17-3) on Monday in the quarterfinals. Penn-Trafford, which had won six straight games, ends its season at 13-6.
Ryan Dougherty went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for North Allegheny, which led 4-0 when play was suspended at 8:51 p.m.
After WPIAL officials and umpires assessed the situation, the teams returned to the field and resumed play at 10:08.
CJ Weiler also had two hits for North Allegheny.
Josh Spiegel and Zach Mancz each had two hits for Penn-Trafford.
After Penn-Trafford starter Tyler Horvat struck out the first five batters he faced, North Allegheny scored four times in the third inning.
A sharp grounder back to Horvat was apparently bobbled as he tagged a baserunner trying to score and the Tigers led 1-0.
Justin Hamm singled in a run and Ryan Dougherty ripped a two-run single for a 4-0 advantage.
In the seventh, back-to-back errors allowed a run to score and a wild pitch brought home another for the Tigers.
Luke Trueman pitched 6 1⁄3 innings to pick up the win. He allowed six hits and struck out four.
Penn-Trafford used three pitchers with Horvat taking the loss.