McKeesport went through Section 2-AAAA play unscathed last season. If the Tigers want to repeat as section champions, they are going to have to do so with a blemish on their record. McKeesport opened section play with a surprising 9-0 setback at Plum. Entering the season many though the Mustangs had the firepower to contend for a section title but the convincing win was a surprise to many. McKeesport bounced back with wins over Oakland Catholic, Woodland Hills, Allderdice, Gateway and Penn Hills to setup a showdown with No. 5 Plum on Thursday.
McKeesport responded like one would expect a defending champion to respond, with a gutsy 6-5 win to even things up atop the section standings between the two rivals both with matching 6-1 section records. The Gooden sisters rose to the occasion for the Tigers. Senior center fielder Kai was 3 for 3 with two triples and two runs while senior pitcher Mai knocked in two runs and earned the win, striking out seven.