Roundup: TJ rallies past McGuffey
Thomas Jefferson rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then held off a seventh-inning rally to defeat McGuffey, 5-4, in seven innings to advance in a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal game at home.
“It was pretty wild,” Thomas Jefferson coach John Mitruski said. “We were a little rusty. We hadn’t played in eight days. We were glad to get this one out of the way.”
Thomas Jefferson (15-3) will now play Burrell (14-2) Tuesday in the semifinals at La Roche College at a time to be determined. The Jaguars beat the Bucs, 2-0, in last year’s third-place game to advance to the state tournament.
Thomas Jefferson nearly didn’t get that far after McGuffey (10-7) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth.
Thomas Jefferson loaded the bases with one out on a hit batter, a walk and a bunt single, then scored twice as runners beat throws home on ground balls before sophomore Michelle Kocis’ two-run single pushed the Jaguars’ lead to 5-2.
Megan Stone threw a no-hitter, striking out six and walking one. Michelle Kushner drove in two runs on a triple and Anna Trapuczano had two hits and three RBI.
Sto-Rox will play Burgettstown in the semifinals Tuesday at Fairhaven Park.
Amy Allison homered for Burgettstown.
Amy Cowden took the loss for Fort Cherry (17-2).
Holliday, who started on the mound for the Tigers, went 3 for 4 at the plate.
Moon will play Blackhawk 2 p.m. Saturday at Pullman Park.
Blackhawk will now face Moon in the semifinals Saturday at Pullman Park.
Blue Devils pitcher Chris Koutsavlis held Kiski Area hitless through the first three innings, before being removed with a 5-0 lead. Matt DeGiovanni and Dan Ayer each drove in two runs for Mt. Lebanon.
With a day’s rest, Koutsavlis will most likely pitch again on Saturday when top-seeded Mt. Lebanon, the WPIAL runner-up a season ago, faces North Allegheny (12-9) in the semifinals noon Saturday at Pullman Park in Butler.