Walk-off homer ends North Allegheny's quest for PIAA baseball title

Written by Brad Everett on .

Post-Gazette writer Craig Meyer covered the PIAA Class AAAA baseball game between North Allegheny and Lower Dauphin on June 11. Click here to read his story.

SOMERSET, Pa. -- Lucas Hilderbrand had chased down and caught fly balls like this one before, but a hit that initially seemed benign kept carrying deep into left field.

As the North Allegheny senior approached the outfield fence, he ran up a small hill and just as he was forced to stop, the ball remained in flight, barely clearing the wall and bouncing onto the adjacent tennis courts.

A game that saw numerous opportunities squandered had ended in a flash.

Lower Dauphin got the decisive hit it from one of the smallest players on its team, as 5-foot-7 Jake Shellenberger hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Falcons (22-5-1) a 1-0 victory against North Allegheny in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals.