Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

West Allegheny Reaches 1st State Title Game Thomas Jefferson Can't Solve Indians

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

West Allegheny Reaches 1st State Title Game Thomas Jefferson Can't Solve Indians

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It's hard enough to beat a team twice in a two-week span.

Doing so with enormous stakes in both games - and facing a late two-run deficit the second time around - doesn't exactly make it any easier.

Didn't seem to faze West Allegheny, though.

The Indians scored four runs in the sixth inning to beat Thomas Jefferson, 7-5, Tuesday in the PIAA Class 5A semifinals, sending them to their first state title game. The win came just 13 days after they knocked off the Jaguars in the WPIAL championship game.

"I can't even put it into words," West Allegheny pitcher Ashley Seamon said. "It's so important to me that I was able to do it with this group of girls. This wasn't my best game, and it's so hard to face a team multiple times, because they had time to prepare, they know what type of pitches I throw, how hard I throw. They know a lot about our team and me as a pitcher. It was a very difficult game for me, but the fact that, as a collective unit, we were able to come back."

Things did look pretty dire for the Indians in the middle of the sixth. Haleigh Karcher hit a three-run home run in the top of the inning to put Thomas Jefferson up, 5-3, and it seemed as if the Jaguars were on their way toward exacting revenge for that WPIAL championship loss.

"I just remember my heart sinking," Seamon said of the home run.

But even facing a two-run deficit, West Allegheny coach Mindi McFate didn't sense any resignation on her bench in between innings.

"I give our bench kids a ton of credit because when we came back out in the bottom of the sixth, they were loud as can be and they were into the game," McFate said. "Yeah, we were down, but it was only two runs. I think they kind of realized, 'Hey, we've got to go now.'"

And so they went. Megan Pollinger led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk, and Amy Nolte reached on an error. Angela Costa followed with an RBI single, her third hit and second RBI of the game.

The Jaguars opted to walk Taylor Goldstrohm - who had homered earlier in the game - to load the bases. …

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