DuBOIS — It didn’t take much to push the DuBois Area High School baseball team to a 3-0 win over Bradford Wednesday, but it seemed to take everything the Beavers had to do it.
DuBois (4-3) had no problems getting runners on base or into scoring position in each of the first four innings, yet couldn’t manage to push a runner across.
However, all that changed in the fifth as a sinking liner off the bat of DuBois’ Justin Swauger found its way under the glove of Bradford center fielder Jason French for a two-run triple allowing the Beavers to break a scoreless tie and, ultimately, push them to the victory.
“We’ve got to find a way to get guys home,” DuBois head coach Todd Stiner said. “We had runners in scoring position in the first four innings and, in two of them, there was a guy on third with less than two outs. We’re trying to pull any trick we can in situations like that.
“We capitalized on an error in the fifth to score our runs but the bottom line is that we’ve got to get a big hit when we need it.”
The Beavers, who stranded nine runners on base, finished with six hits in the game. But, on the bright side for the Beavers, was pitching and defense.
DuBois’ Dayne Bauman tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout, walking just one and striking out five while the defense didn’t commit a single error behind him.
“Dayne gave us an incredible outing,” Stiner said. “Every pitch seemed to be at the knees and his off-speed pitches were on today. We’ve been stressing that if we throw strikes and play defense, we’re going to be in every game and we got that today.”
DuBois’ five hits were spread out as six different players, Swauger, Frano, Bauman, Eric Schneider, Chase Husted and Jeremy Krise, each got one.
It didn’t take long for the Beavers to get runners on base in either of the first two innings as Chandler Ho and Schneider both walked to start the frames but neither advanced past third.
Schneider had a chance to score in the second but was cut down at the plate on failed squeeze attempt.
DuBois continued to get runners on but it wasn’t until the fifth that it finally took advantage.
Bauman started the inning with a leadoff walk off before Bradford replaced starter Michael Gow with Tyler Gigliotti.
Gigliotti got an out quickly on strikes then induced a ground ball off the bat of Garrett Starr that should have erased Bauman at second but the throw went into right allowing Bauman to end up on third and put runners on the corners.
Swauger then hit a sinking liner to center where Bradford’s Jason French tried to make a charging effort but the ball hit the ground and scooted past him allowing both Bauman and Starr to come home.
Frano then capped the scoring as he hit an RBI single to center to score Swauger from third and make it a 3-0 game.
Bauman allowed a hit to Bradford in both the sixth and seventh innings but neither runner advanced past first as DuBois went on to seal the win.
The Beavers will now host Bellefonte Friday.