DuBOIS — The Brookville softball team used some timely hitting and a strong defensive effort to upend DuBois, 4-2, Monday at the Highland Street fields to capture the program’s first win over the Lady Beavers since 2005.
And, it was a true team effort that saw the Lady Raiders end a losing streak that had reached 20 games against the Lady Beavers. Former Lady Raider standout Jenny Shaffer was in the circle the last time Brookville beat DuBois — a 1-0 victory on May 20, 2005. Brookville also beat DuBois 5-2 in April of that year.
DuBois then swept Brookville every year from 2006-2016 with the exception of 2008 when both games between the teams were rained out and never made up.
Things didn’t start well for Brookville, as DuBois starter Sarah Snyder took a perfect game into the fourth before the Lady Raiders scored two runs on a two-out error to grab a 2-1 lead.
After DuBois tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, Brookville got a pair of clutch two-out hits by sneior Hannah Kirkwood and freshman Leah Kammerdeiner in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
Kirkwood doubled home Marcy Shindler with the eventual game-winning run with two away in the fifth, while a RBI single from Kammerdeiner in the sixth plated senior Maggie Miller with a big insurance run to make it 4-2.
That two-run cushion proved to be enough for sophomore Carlie McManigle, who scattered eight hits in the complete-game victory. She struck out three and walked just one.
And, McManigle worked out a jam in the seventh to finish off the win, thanks in large part to her defene.
DuBois’ Katie Zameroski ripped a pinch-hit single to center to lead off the inning, and Marissa Torretti followed with a hard bunt single past Kammerdeiner at third to put runners at first and second.
Neither runner moved from there though.
McManigle struck out Snyder for the first out, then left fielder Abby Sunealitis made a nice snow-come, basket catch running in towards the infield on a ball hut by Kylee Bundy. Sunealitis had five putouts in left on the day.
DuBois senior Rachel Gildersleeve then stepped in and hit a rocket towards shortstop that Kirkwood made a nice snag on to end the game.
The victory is a signature one for a Brookville squad quietly putting together a breakthrough season. The Lady Raiders, who went 3-15 a season ago, now sit at 6-3 on the season. To put that win total in perspective, Brookville had just 12 victories in the previous five seasons combined.
“That’s a huge win for our program,” said Brookville coach Carl McManigle. “We haven’t beat a team from DuBois in a long time. They are a quality team, as you saw on that field today and had a lot of fight. But, I’m very, very proud of my girls.
“They played as a team, and that’s something we needed. They did a heck of job today. All season-long, we’ve been able to come up with key hits with two outs, and that happened a couple times today and we scored one or two runs that way. That was clutch.
“And, our left fielder, Abby Sunealitis, was off a little hitting today, but I told her, ‘I don’t care. You play defense today.’ And, she played excellent defense and made a couple nice plays for us. It was a great team win for us, and a great game between two good teams.”
While Snyder retiredthe first nine Lady Raiders she faced, McManigle was doing her part to match the lefty as DuBois also struggled to get its offense going.
The Lady Beavers broke through for a run in the second to take the early lead.
Maddie Smith led off the inning with a single to left. She stole second and went to third on a flyout before scoring on a Gabby Henrichs single to center.
DuBois took that 1-0 lead into the fourth, with Kirkwood drawing a leadoff walk to give Brookville its first runner of the game. Kirkwood stole seond before Snyder got Kennedy Gilbert to foul out to Lexi Ray at first.
McManigle stepped in and flaired a ball up the middle that DuBois shortstop made a diving try on behind the second-base bag. The ball dropped in for a single, and Kirkwood, who had to hold, raced to third. McManigle hustled into second on an errant throw to third by Marissa Torretti.
Snyder got Miller to pop up to third for the second out, but Lauren Hergert then reached on a two-out throwing error by Gildersleeve that allowed Kirkwood and McManigle to both score to give the Lady Raiders a 2-1 lead.
DuBois got that run back in the bottom of the fourth.
Smith ripped a leadoff double down the third-base line. She was bunted to third by Kacie Means and scored on Henrichs’ second RBI single to center in the game to even things at 2-2. Smith and Henrichs were only two DuBois players with two hits in the game.
Henrichs was bunted to second by Ray, but Brookville got out of the inning when second baseman Miller went to one knee to catch a line drive off the bat of Danessa Allison.
Brookville countered with a run in the fifth, as Kirkwood’s two-put double to deep center scored Schindler, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Lady Beavers tried to answer back in the bottom of the fifth as Snyder walked with one out and stole second. However, McManigle stranded her there.
Brookville tacked on an insurance run in the sixth.
Miller and Hergert both singled with one out, but Snyder then struck out Jordan McWilliams. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch before Kammerdeiner singled to center to plate Miller to make it 4-2. Kammerdeiner was lone Lady Raider with two hits on the day.
McManigle and her defense did the rest from there.
Snyder ended up the hard-luck loser for DuBois, as she allowed four runs, two earned, on six hits. She struck out six and walked just one.
“Brookville made some great defensive plays, and the McManigle girl pitched a good game for them and did a good job,” said DuBois coach Rick McClelland. “Sarah (Snyder) pitched pretty well for us today too, and we didn’t help her.
“We made a couple mistakes that let the score a couple runs the easy way. And, we cannot afford to give other teams extra outs. It’s just who we are this year. We can’t afford to do that.”
DuBois is off until Saturday when it travels to the Central Mountain Tournament, while Brookville