If North Allegheny wants to defend its section title from a year ago, it will need help. The Tigers have two section losses and they trail Seneca Valley in the Section 3-AAAA standings. The Raiders are 6-0. North Allegheny has a major section showdown Tuesday at home against the Raiders but they would need to win there and need another Seneca Valley slip up to at least create the possibility of a shared section title. But more importantly for North Allegheny, a playoff berth is all but theirs thanks to a three-game winning streak with section wins against North Hills, Pine-Richland and Butler.
Senior pitcher Sami Beining tossed a complete-game three-hitter against Butler, in a 2-1 win. Senior third baseman Mary Funderlich knocked in junior courtesy runner Olivia Schweiger for North Allegheny's first run. The winning run came across the plate when junior right fielder Anna Sardon came through with a two-out single to drive in designated player Casey Ginocchi who led off the fourth inning with a double.