DuBOIS — When something’s been sitting on the shelf longer that you might like, it’s always good to take it down and brush off the dust just to make sure that it’s still in good working order.
Turns out that even a six-day break wasn’t enough time to let any dust bunnies collect on the DuBois Central Catholic High School softball team as it easily routed Kane, 12-1 in five innings, Thursday afternoon.
The Lady Cardinals (10-0) hadn’t taken the field for a game that mattered since topping Curwensville nearly a week before.
“Normally, I don’t like that,” DCC head coach George Heigel said. “But, it gave us a chance to get in the weight room and work on a lot of situational stuff. So, while I don’t really like a break that big once we’ve started playing games, it gave us an opportunity to clean up some things.”
As it turned out, the Lady Cardinals needed have worried as they seemingly picked up right where they left off.
Central Catholic scored four times in the first, two in the second and then finished its scoring with six more in the third as it rapped out nine hits against the Lady Wolves’ Rachel Danielson.
Senior Macey Hanes and freshman Shayleigh Gulvas both had two hits to lead the Lady Cardinals at the plate. Senior Riley Assalone had the lone extra-base hit for DCC with a triple.
Assalone also drove in three, while Gulvas finished with a pair of RBIs.
However, perhaps best of all for the Lady Cardinals was their ability to make contact as they struck out just once in the contest against Danielson.
And that came via a pinch-hitting effort in the bottom of the fourth.
“We hit the ball really solid and hit it hard right at them a couple of times,” Heigel said. “We were also able to stay ahead in the count, which is a concern when you’re off (for an extended period).
“We have a total of seven strikeouts (as a team) through 10 games, so I’m real happy with that,” Heigel said. “And, as long as the kids go down swinging, that’s OK. It’s when they just watch strike three go by when it starts to bother me.”
In addition to her work at the plate, Assalone was also on top of her game on the mound, allowing just one hit, one walk and hitting a batter while striking out eight in three innings of work.
She also sent down the first five batters she saw in order, four on strikes, before giving up a walk and a single in the second.
However, by the time the Lady Wolves even got a runner on base, they were already facing a four-run deficit.
That’s because DCC wasted little time when they came to the plate in the bottom of the first.
Hanes led off the game with a bunt single before stealing second and taking third on a throwing error.
Senior Jordy Frank followed with a walk of her own and took second on defensive indifference before Assalone drove both home with a two-run triple to give DCC a 2-0 advantage.
She didn’t wait around long at third as she scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Ashley Wruble to make it a 3-0 game.
Gulvas then capped the inning when she walked, stole second, took third on a bunt single by senior Libby Maurer and scored on a groundout by Alyssa Bittner.
The Lady Cardinals added two runs in the second as Hanes bunted for another single and stealing second before Frank reached on a three-base error to make it a 5-0 game.
A sac fly by Assalone then made it 6-0.
Assalone finished her day on the mound by hitting a batter and striking out the side in the top of the third.
Central Catholic also wrapped up its scoring in the bottom of the inning by plating six runs on four singles. Gulvas had two hits in the inning as DCC sent 11 players to the plate while junior Sabrina Spencer added an RBI single and sophomore Carley Semancik had the other hit to give the Lady Cardinals a 12-0 lead.
The Lady Cardinals nearly added another in the bottom of the fourth as freshman pinch hitter Rachel Miller singled and advanced all the way to third before Danielson got out of the frame.
Wruble, who allowed two hits while walking one and striking out three in two innings, surrendered the lone Kane run in the fifth as Ella Marconi doubled and later scored on an RBI single by Kennedy Himes to make it 12-1.
Central Catholic hosts Redbank Valley this afternoon.