Thomas Jefferson and Yough entered the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs on WPIAL championship missions. The Jaguars won the WPIAL title in 2014 but suffered massive disappointment last year when they missed the postseason entirely. Yough may have had an even bigger letdown last year. The Cougars were unable to hold onto a seventh inning lead in the WPIAL final and settled for runner-up. This postseason the two sides entered as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds and prohibitive favorites to meet at California University on Thursday to play for the WPIAL title.
Things don't always work out as they look on paper. No. 1 Thomas Jefferson and No. 2 Yough will still be meeting at California University, but it will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. and it will be in the WPIAL Class AAA third-place consolation game. The winner moves on to the PIAA first round and the loser goes home.
Yough (17-3) defeated Ambridge, 11-0, and Elizabeth Forward, 3-2, before falling to West Allegheny, 1-0, in the WPIAL semifinals. Thomas Jefferson (16-2) received a first-round bye and then edged Knoch, 3-2, before losing to Mount Pleasant, 7-3, in the semifinals.
Yough senior pitcher Macy Mularski is one of the best in the area. She held West Allegheny to one run in the semifinals and fired a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the quarterfinal win over Elizabeth Forward. For Thomas Jefferson it was Emily Scheidter coming up big in the quarterfinals with a walk off double to win the game.