BROCKWAY — If Thursday’s DuBois Central Catholic-Brockway softball game were to be shown as an advertisement, it would have been easy for many to spot the product.
How about Wrigley’s chewing gum — Doublemint to be precise.
DuBois Central Catholic turned in three double plays during the contest Thursday, helping to not only keep the bases sparkling clean but also to earn a 7-1 victory.
The Lady Rovers had seven runners reach base in the contest, three on hits, but only had two of them reach as far as third.
One of them was left there as a result of one of the double plays.
However, it was a situation where Brockway was between a rock and a hard place.
The Lady Cardinals (12-0) easily dispatched Brockway via the 10-Run Rule when the teams met earlier this season.
With that in mind, the Lady Rovers (6-6) chose to be a little more aggressive on the bases, and it ultimately turned out the wrong way.
“We were trying to (get girls moving) and we popped the ball up which led to some double plays,” Brockway head coach Tom Buzzard said. “And Central is going to capitalize on those.
“But, when you play a good team like that you can’t just leave runs out there. We were just unfortunate.”
Still, DCC had some struggles getting things going at the plate early, leading just 3-1 after four innings, but finished with a kick as it added four runs over the final three.
In all, the Lady Cardinals finished with seven hits in the game, with senior Macey Hanes leading the way with three. Junior Sabrina Spencer had a pair.
Hanes also scored four times while senior Jordy Frank had just one hit in the game but drove in Hanes three times to finish with a trio of RBIs. Spencer also crossed the plate twice.
Senior Riley Assalone picked up the complete-game victory, allowing just one unearned run on three hits while walking one and striking out nine.
Two of those hits went to Brockway’s Kaitlyn Morelli, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Kayla Dowdall had the other hit for the Lady Rovers.
Ironically, while trying to move runners up cost the Lady Rovers, it was exactly what allowed DCC to take control of the game.
Hanes was the biggest cog in that machine from the leadoff spot, using her speed to score each time she was on base.
In fact, four of DCC’s seven runs came as a result of stolen bases while the other three came off their ability to take an extra base or two.
“I hate to sound like a broken record but our team speed separates us (from other teams),” DCC head coach George Heigel said. “We’re able to take extra bases and get ourselves in (scoring position) where we can bring runners around. And, our small game was pretty good again today.
“Still, (Brockway) made a lot of plays on the infield, and they’re much improved from when we played them the last time.”
It didn’t take either team long to get something on the board as both put up a run in the first.
Central Catholic took advantage in the top of the inning when a single by Hanes eventually took her all the way to third thanks to a Brockway error.
Frank then followed with an RBI groundout to make it a 1-0 game.
However, Brockway answered in kind in the bottom of the inning when Morelli led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch and came home on an error to tie things at 1-1.
Assalone then gave up her lone walk of the game to Lindemuth, the Brockway No. 2 hitter, before striking out five of the next six batters she faced.
While DCC didn’t do anything in the second, it put up two in the third to retake the lead.
Spencer got things going when she reached on a two-base error before Hanes singled to move her to third.
Hanes then stole second before an RBI groundout by Frank brought home Spencer to make it a 2-1 game.
Another Brockway error allowed Hanes to cross the plate to make it a 3-1 contest.
The double dips started in the bottom of the third.
Brockway’s Adriana Azzato reached on leadoff error before Assalone got the first out on strikes. A popup to DCC second baseman Shayleigh Gulvas caught Azzato on the run and the double play ended the inning.
Brockway had a chance to cut into the margin in the fourth as Kayla Dowdall singled to lead off the inning before Assalone got the next batter on strikes.
Brockway’s Morgan Uhl then laid down a bunt and reached safely on an error which also allowed Dowdall to move up to third with just one out.
But another popout, this one to Frank, caught Uhl moving the wrong way as well and Frank made the catch and the throw to end the threat.
The Lady Cardinals started to stretch their lead as they posted one in the fifth and two in the sixth to make it a 6-1 game.
Brockway’s last chance to score came in the bottom of the sixth as Morelli led off with a single and stole second but a line drive off the bat of Lindemuth turned into another double play.
It also turned into the Lady Rovers’ last chance for a run as Assalone retired the next four batters she faced.
Meanwhile, her teammates added their last run of the game in the top of the seventh to set the final.
Central Catholic is scheduled to play DuBois at the DuBois City Park at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the City Classic festivities, weather permitting, while Brockway travels to Johnsonburg Tuesday.