(Photo: Thomas Jefferson pitcher Greg Schneider turns over the ball to his coach last Thursday at North Allegheny High School. Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette.)
"Four years ago, the forecast was steadily gloomy for the Thomas Jefferson High School baseball team.
In one of their final "tune-ups" for the season, the Jaguars lost a scrimmage to Chartiers Valley.
The score? 29-0.
Fast forward to last Thursday, and some of the players who had taken some lumps their freshman season were still playing high school baseball -- this, one week into June -- and found themselves just two wins away from playing for a state championship.
Those once-dreary days have since been replaced by plenty of sunny skies.
One of the best seasons in school history came to an end last Thursday for Thomas Jefferson, which lost to Blackhawk in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals."