North Allegheny has opened the first ever season of Class 6A Section 3 softball with a pair of wins that sets the Tigers up nicely in what should be one of the tightest section races in the WPIAL. North Allegheny traveled to Shaler to open section play on April 3 and won 5-3 after Maddy DeRubbo broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning with a two-run single in a showdown of two of the top-four ranked teams in the WPIAL. The game-winning hit capped off a big day for DeRubbo, who had three hits in all.
Two days later, North Allegheny had its section home-opener and it outlasted Pine-Richland in a wild 11-6 game. The Tigers jumped all over the Rams to take a 9-1 lead through three innings. The Rams, who had lost 12 in a row to North Allegheny entering this game, fought back to pick up one run in the top of the fourth and three in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 9-5 but that is as close as they could get. The Tigers finished with 15 hits and every batter in the lineup either scored a run or drove on in. Brooke Serbin picked up the win to run her record to 2-1. Serbin pitched 4 1/3 innings.