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Jefferson upends St. Pius in softball district semis on KJFF

The Jefferson Blue Jays upset their crosstown rivals the St. Pius Lancers with a 4-3 win in the Class 2 District 4 softball semifinals Wednesday evening on KJFF.

After St. Pius scored 2 runs in the first inning to jump in front, Jefferson got a run in the second to cut the lead in half.

Then came back-to-back big 2-out hits in the third.

The Blue Jays would never relinquish the lead thanks to senior pitcher Megan Payne, who at one point retired 14 straight batters and allowed just 2 earned runs on 5 hits in a complete-game victory.

Jefferson added insurance with the Serenity Hospice Care Play of the Game.

Payne finished with 8 strikeouts and no walks in the circle to back up her lineup and was named Applebee’s of Farmington Player of the Game.

Blue Jays head coach Robert Kuehnle said his senior hurler came through on the biggest stage.

While St. Pius has its season end with a record of 10-4, Jefferson improves to 8-13.

The Blue Jays will play for the Class 2 District 4 championship against Elsberry Friday night in New Haven.

To hear the full semifinal game broadcast again, click play below.

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