A 6-0 start for the Thomas Jefferson softball team gave way to a 1-3. Just like that, in a span of four games in four days, Thomas Jefferson dropped from the top of the Section 3-AAA heap to on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. After edging Yough and Belle Vernon in one-run games, the Jaguars lost to Southmoreland, Elizabeth Forward and West Mifflin, while sandwiching a win at South Park during the tough week.
Thomas Jefferson's first-year coach Heidi Karcher is experimenting with a three-pitcher rotation, with sophomore Lacie Lautner and freshman Alysa Fairman splitting a majority of the innings and senior Janelle Allison available to come out of the bullpen.
"Lacie is a little bit more veteran and throws with a little more speed than Alysa," Karcher said. "Alysa's ball moves a little bit differently than Lacie's and Janelle is more of my junk pitcher, that is why it is nice to have. If Lacie and Alysa start getting hit, we can bring Janelle in, it changes the speed up and changes the movement of the ball and can quiet the opponent's bats."