DuBOIS — Twice as many doesn’t always mean twice as much. In reality, sometimes it means much, much more.
The DuBois Central Catholic softball team not only doubled up on the amount of hits that allowed to Elk County Catholic but packaged them nicely into a 7-0 win over the Lady Crusaders Wednesday to remain unbeaten on the season.
The Lady Cardinals’ nine hits were just a wee bit more than twice ECC’s four, but it was how, and where, they spread them around that mattered most.
Of those nice DCC (8-0) hits, five went for extra bases — including a pair of homers, two doubles and a triple —and led to six of the lady Cardinals’ seven runs.
Freshman Shayleigh Gulvas’ accounted for for the biggest hit of the bunch with a three-run homer in the third helped to put the lid on the victory. But, the dinger also had some additional value for Gulvas as it marked her first lifetime home run.
Senior Jordy Frank’s solo round-tripper was the one that got the ball rolling for DCC as she hammered a line-drive around the left-field foul pole with one out in the first to put the Lady Cardinals on the board.
The ball was initially ruled foul but subsequently overturned, giving DCC a lead it never lost.
“The long ball really helped today,” DCC head coach George Heigel said. “Shayleigh has been doing a good job in the field, but today she really hit the ball well and got one over the fence for us.
“(Jordy’s) been struggling a little bit and hasn’t been hitting the ball like she can, but she really got into one in the first inning. Then she hit another ball just as hard to the right-center field gap later, so she really had a nice game.”
The second ball went for a triple, as Frank and fellow senior Riley Assalone, who doubled, both had two hits each for the Lady Cardinals. Sophomore Ashley Wruble also added a double.
Still, the double was only a small part of Wruble’s success in the game as she also picked up the complete-game shutout, allowing just four hits while striking out six and walking just one.
The Lady Crusaders (5-2) managed to get just three runners into scoring position on her with only one reaching as far as third. That came with two outs in the seventh with the game already decided.
“That’s what happens when one team hits, and the other one doesn’t,” ECC head coach Digger O’Dell said. “We didn’t put the bat on the ball and they did. I thought we played well defensively, but if you don’t have baserunners, you don’t score runs.”
Michelle Gerber was the only Lady Crusader to reach base more than once as she singled and also reached on an error.
Gerber was also tagged with the loss as she allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hit while walking two and striking out none while going the distance on the mound.
Unfortunately, she never had much of a chance to even settle in as Frank, the second batter she faced, jumped all over a pitch and hit a blistering line drive down the left-field line.
The ball took a hard turn as it reached the pole and was initially ruled foul. However, after some discussion between the umpires, it was ruled a home run, giving DCC a 1-0 lead.
Still, it didn’t stay that way for long as Assalone and Wruble followed with back-to-back doubles to make it a 2-0 game before Gerber got the final two outs of the inning.
The Lady Crusaders got a runner on in each of the next two innings, but it was DCC that put the runs on the board.
In fact, the Lady Cardinals piled up five more in the bottom of the third.
Frank again got things going with a one-out hit, this time a triple, before scoring on an RBI single by Assalone to make it a 3-0 game. Assalone then moved up when Wruble reached on an error before Gulvas drove a ball over the fence in left for a three-run homer and a 6-0 advantage.
Lady Cardinal senior Libby Maurer then singled and later scored on an RBI single by Sabrina Spencer to finish off the scoring.
Both teams will be in action again Friday on the road. Central Catholic travels to Curwensville, while ECC is at Brockway.