Pettit and Vassallo Star As Falcons Ground Thunderbirds 9-1 to Advance to Group Semis

NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1 Group 2 Softball Playoffs: Mahwah Thunderbirds 1 at Jefferson Falcons 9

Nicole Vassallo powered the offense and Alexa Pettit pitched a beautiful game as the Falcons advanced to the semi-finals with a 9-1 rout of Mahwah.

Vassallo went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with 3 RBI’s.  Chelsea Bitondo and Carly Wurster each drove in 2 RBI’s and Isabel Seise led off the 6th inning with a blast over the center field fence as the Falcons broke the game open with 4 runs in the 4th inning and 3 more in the 5th.

Meanwhile, Alexa Pettit shut down the Thunderbird offense scattering 4 hits over 7 innings and striking out 6 to record her 13th win of the season.  After Mahwah’s  Morgan Morris doubled to center in the 2nd inning, Pettit retired the next 14 batters she faced, until Lexi Cora doubled to left with one out in the 7th.

With the win, Jefferson advances to the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1 Group 2 softball semi-finals and will travel to face the Dumont Huskies with a date and time still pending due to the inclement weather forecast.

Team                                          1   2   3   4   5   6   7    R   H  E  LOB
Mahwah Thunderbirds ( 15-9)  0   0   0   0   0   0    1    1    4  2    4
Jefferson Falcons  (20-7)          0   0    1   4   3   1   X    9   12 0    7


Mahwah  2B – Cora, Morris  RBI – Pryor

Jefferson 2B – K Hine   3B – Wurster   HR – Seise   RBI’s Vassallo 3, Bitondo, Wurster 2, Seise 1


PITCHER                 IP  H   R   ER  K   W


August (L/15-9)        6  12   9    5    8    1


Pettit     (W/13-4)     7   4    1    1    6    0

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Michael Chirichella has worked in the Sports Information Departments of Marquette University, the University of Dayton and the University of Memphis, where he also served as a staff writer for University's Office of Media Relations. He's also served as an interim sports editor for weekly newspapers in Central and South New Jersey.