NA HUMBLES PINE-RICHLAND IN PIAA QUARTERFINALS, 4-1
By Jonathan Spina
North Allegheny took advantage of four Pine-Richland errors to take the grudge match from the Rams, 4-1, to advance to the PIAA Semifinals. Ryan Partridge threw a complete game and Shane Murphy had two big two-out RBI hits to propel NA to victory.
Pine-Richland got the scoring started in the bottom of the first when Josh Scherer hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Troy LaNeve for a 1-0 lead. The Tigers wasted little time getting the run back in the top of the second inning when Ryan Dougherty led off with a double and scored on a Murphy two-out RBI double to even the score at 1-1.
Both pitchers settled in and had scoreless innings until the top of the fifth when C.J. Weller reached on an error, went first to third on a Cole Young single and then scored when Jared Orwell hit into a double play to make the score 2-1, North Allegheny. The Tigers tacked another run on in the sixth when Cam Medic reached on an error with two outs and scored on a Murphy RBI double for a 3-1 advantage. The Tigers got an insurance run in the seventh for a 4-1 lead. Weller singled, Young got hit by a pitch, both advanced on a wild pitch and Weller scored on an error.
Partridge picked up his second complete game victory against Pine-Richland this season by going seven innings, allowing four hits, one run, striking out six and walking one.
Tommy Beam was the tough-luck loser, going 5.2 innings and allowing six hits, three runs, one earned, striking out seven and walking one.
Dougherty was 2 for 3 and Murphy was 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Pine-Richland’s season ends with a 19-5 record. North Allegheny improves to 19-6 and advances to the PIAA Semifinals where they will take on District 1 runner-up, Central Bucks South on Monday at Greene Township Park in Scotland, Pa. at 4 p.m.