After battling four times last year, including the WPIAL Class AAAA championship, the North Allegheny and Seneca Valley baseball teams needed extra frames to get through their first regular-season meeting.
North Allegheny (5-2, 3-1) scored five runs in the 12th inning to earn a 6-1 win last week over Seneca Valley (3-6, 2-2).
North Allegheny's Mitch Machi started the game and struck out seven in seven innings. Machi, a right-hander and University of Buffalo recruit, surrendered just one run off three hits. Jon Dignazio pitched five shutout innings in relief for the Tigers. Dignazio got out of a bases-loaded situation in the top of the 12th inning.
Entering this week, North Allegheny has won four of its last five games and trailed Butler (6-2, 3-0) by one game in the Section 1-AAAA standings.