JACKSON TWP — When it comes to the chase for a WPIAL playoff spot, the Seneca Valley softball team has dug itself into a hole.
That rut became even deeper following the Raiders’ Section 3 meeting with North Allegheny on Wednesday.
Tiger junior pitcher Sami Beining held the Raiders to six hits as NA left Raider Field with a 4-1 win.
Beining allowed just one baserunner in the first four innings, on Ashley Kappeler’s single in the second frame, and ended the contest with five strikeouts and no walks.
“Seneca Valley is a good team, they’ve just had some bad luck,” said Tiger coach Rick Meister. “To pitch effectively against them, you have to hit your spots and she (Beining) did that today.”
The Raiders fell to 2-5 in section play with Wednesday’s loss. If the team is to make the postseason, it must start stacking victories immediately.
“We need to start doing what we’re capable of,” said SV coach George Trew. “That’s the problem, we just are not playing up to our potential.”
Trailing 4-0, the Raiders’ bats awoke in the bottom of the fifth inning with three straight singles from Sarah Blagg, Kappeler and Paige Foley.
Foley’s hit fell just in front of NA right fielder, Anna Sardon, but the latter was able to recover in time to get a force out at second base.