NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- West Essex rallied from a three-run deficit for a 4-3 softball victory over Teaneck in the first round of the Section 1, Group 3 state tournament Thursday.

Jessica Coia went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, Jordan Ruffer doubled in a run and Julia Guerriero had an RBI single for West Essex (12-7), which trailed, 3-0, going to the bottom of the fifth inning before scoring two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Winning pitcher Julia Vardiman finished with a five-hitter, six strikeouts and two walks. She allowed two earned runs.