High school roundup for June 6, 2024: Thomas Jefferson softball rallies for PIAA quarterfinal win

Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 10:53 PM

Adalina Bracco hit a tie-breaking two-run double in the sixth inning to lead WPIAL runner-up Thomas Jefferson to a 3-1 victory over District 1 runner-up West Chester East in the PIAA Class 5A softball quarterfinals Thursday in Chambersburg.

Hannah Alonso went 3 for 3 with an RBI, Morgan Alisesky was 2 for 3, and Aubrey Shaffer struck out seven and yielded one run in seven innings for the Jaguars (14-8). Grace Koberg went 3 for 4 with a double and Emma Antcazak doubled for West Chester East (16-9). Thomas Jefferson will face District 6 champion Central Mountain in the semifinals Monday.

Carmichaels 8, Claysburg-Kimmel 1 – Ali Jacobs went 2 for 4 with a home run and five RBIs, Carys McConnell was 2 for 3 with a homer and drove in a pair, and Avery Voithofer knocked in a run as WPIAL third-place finisher Carmichaels (18-2) rolled District 6 champion Claysburg-Kimmel (23-2) for a Class A quarterfinal win. Winning pitcher Bailey Barnyak struck out eight and gave up one run in seven innings for the Mighty Mikes. Jenna Helsel went 2 for 3 with an RBI as Bella Francana and Zakera Bush each doubled for Claysburg-Kimmel. The Mighty Mikes will take on WPIAL champion Chartiers-Houston in the semifinals Monday. The game will be a rematch of a WPIAL Class A semifinal that Chartiers-Houston won 3-2.

Central Mountain 4, Armstrong 1 – Camdyn Weaver hit a solo home run and Harley Kunes crushed a three-run dinger as District 6 champion Central Mountain (16-5) scored all its runs in the fourth inning to beat WPIAL champion Armstrong (19-4) in the Class 5A quarterfinals. Winning pitcher Adalynn McKeague fanned six and allowed one run in seven innings for Central Mountain. Emma Paul doubled, Lily Gutherie went 2 for 3, and Natalie Zeigler drove in the lone run while Madison Baker fanned five in six innings for the River Hawks. Central Mountain will play WPIAL runner-up Thomas Jefferson in the quarterfinals Monday.

Chartiers-Houston 4, West Branch 0 – Winning pitcher Meadow Ferri threw a complete-game shutout, giving up a pair of hits and striking out 13 as WPIAL champion Chartiers-Houston (20-2) prevailed against District 6 runner-up West Branch (21-4) in the Class A quarterfinals. Emily Swarrow singled and drove in a run and Ella Richey was 2 for 4 with a double for the Bucs. Layla Thompson doubled for West Branch. Chartiers-Houston will face Carmichaels in Monday’s semifinals.

Neshannock 5, Saegertown 0 – Neshannock pitcher Addy Frye tossed a complete-game shutout, striking out 17 and allowing one hit to shut down District 10 champion Saegertown (19-3) in the PIAA 2A quarterfinals. Gabby Perod tripled and knocked in three runs, Miley Anderson went 3 for 4, and Frye doubled and drove in a run for the Lancers (25-0). Leah McGill singled for the only hit for Saegertown. Neshannock will take on WPIAL third-place finisher Laurel in Monday’s semifinals.

North Penn 4, Seneca Valley 0 – Bella Nunn threw a complete-game shutout, allowing two hits and striking out 10, as District 1 third-place finisher North Penn (23-3) blanked WPIAL champion Seneca Valley (22-2) in the Class 6A quarterfinals. Gianna Cimino smashed a solo home run and Olivia Stevens singled and drove in a run as North Penn scored a run in the first four innings. Lexie Hames fanned 12 in six innings for the Raiders, while Abby Kalkowski and Anna Kalkowski each doubled. North Penn will play District 3 champion Central Dauphin in Monday’s semifinals.


Fleetwood 5, Montour 3 – Dalton Young doubled and drove in a pair, Carson Brey doubled and drove in another run and Liam Hilburt got the win as District 3 third-place finisher Fleetwood (15-8) defeated WPIAL third-place Montour (17-8) in the PIAA Class 4A quarterfinals. Jason George hit an RBI double, Michael Ivanoff went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Maddox Tarquinio doubled for the Spartans. Fleetwood advances to play WPIAL runner-up Indiana in Monday’s semifinals.

Indiana 6, East Pennsboro 5 – Down 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Indiana (15-10) clawed back as Mark Collinger drew a bases-loaded walk and the Little Indians walked off against District 3 champion East Pennsboro (20-3) in the PIAA Class 4A quarterfinals. Ben Ryan went 2 for 4 with a double and Kadin Homer doubled and drove in two for Indiana. Jovi DeJesus tripled and knocked in three runs for East Pennsboro. Ryan Okopal struck out three in 1⅔ innings for the win for the Little Indians. Indiana will face District 3 third-place finisher Fleetwood in the semifinals Monday.

Punxsutawney 4, South Allegheny 1 – Brody Stouffer singled and drove in a run and District 9 champion Punxsutawney (17-3) scored four unearned runs in the first inning to defeat WPIAL third-place finisher South Allegheny (20-6) in five innings. Winning pitcher Nevin Day struck out five and gave up one run for Punxsutawney. Adam Jackowski singled and drove in the only run and struck out four in five innings for the Gladiators. The game was called in the middle of the sixth inning due to rain. Punxsutawney will oppose WPIAL champion Avonworth in the semifinals Monday.

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