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Roundup: TJ rallies past McGuffey

| Friday, May 24, 2002

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.

  • Sto-Rox 15, Western Beaver 0 (3 innings) — Sto-Rox (17-2) scored eight runs in the second inning in its Class A quarterfinal victory over Western Beaver (9-6).

    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.

  • Burgettstown 7, Vincentian 2 — Romney Waters pitched a three-hitter, striking out 14, as Burgettstown (16-4) defeated Vincentain (13-4) in the Class A quarterfinals.

    Amy Allison homered for Burgettstown.

  • Chartiers Houston 4, Fort Cherry 1 — Jen Alderson struck out six and walked one in a one-hitter for Chartiers-Houston (16-3) in a WPIAL Class A quarterfinal game at California (Pa). University.

    Amy Cowden took the loss for Fort Cherry (17-2).

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  • Moon 7, Upper St. Clair 6 — Austin Sykes and Brian Holliday hit back-to-back doubles in the bottom of the seventh to lift Moon (16-5) to the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal victory over Upper St. Clair (17-3).

    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 3, Plum 1 — Pitcher Brian Omogrosso scattered four hits and allowed only one run, as Blackhawk (16-2) defeated Plum (13-7) in a WPIAL class AAA playoff game. Omogrosso and teammate Shaun Butler both hit home runs.

    Blackhawk will now face Moon in the semifinals Saturday at Pullman Park.

  • Mt. Lebanon 5, Kiski Area 3 — Mt. Lebanon (20-1) scored four runs in the first inning and one in the second en route to the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinal victory over Kiski Area (13-3).

    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.

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