Heidi Karcher's first season at Thomas Jefferson has been a rollercoaster ride. A 2-0 start in section play gave way to back-to-back losses which led to a big one-run win at South Park which led to a one-run setback at West Mifflin.
In a crucial section contest against No. 5 Southmoreland on Thursday, Thomas Jefferson's roller coaster ride reached another peak with a 3-2 win. Junior center fielder Lauren Herazo delivered a two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the sixth to lift Thomas Jefferson to a 3-2 win. The Jaguars scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The one-run contest was nothing new to Thomas Jefferson. Seven of the team's first 11 games have been decided by one run and that is good news for Thomas Jefferson as they are 6-1 in one-run games.
Thomas Jefferson is still very much alive in the Section 3-AAA playoff race. Sitting at 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the section, the Jaguars trail Elizabeth Forward (7-3, 5-1), West Mifflin (11-2, 6-2) and Southmoreland (6-3, 5-2). Thomas Jefferson must take advantage this week with three games against the bottom three teams in the standings coming up. It plays Yough Monday, Belle Vernon Thursday and South Park next Tuesday.