RIDGWAY — The DuBois Junior League All-Star softball team played its way back to the District 10 championship game with a convincing 13-1, 5-inning victory against Elk-McKean County Thursday night in Ridgway.
DuBois, which dropped its opener to Punxsy (4-2), pounded out 11 hits — six for extra bases — in four innings Thursday to dispatch of Elk-McKean and get a rematch against rival Punxsy.
DuBois scored in every inning in the game, breaking things wide open with a seven-run bottom of the second that featured more than half (6) of the teams hits.
Cate Gregory and Lakin Smith each had multi-hit games for DuBois. Gregory was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Smith went 2-for-3 with a RBI and run.
Maddy Ho added a double and three RBIs, while Alana Burton and Olivia Johnson both had two-run doubles in the win.
The trio of Saige Weible, Morgan Tyler and Allie Snyder teamed up for a three-hitter in the circle. Weible went the first three innings to notch the win. She allowed one hit while striking out four and walking two.
DuBois must now beat Punxsy twice to capture the District 10 crown. The teams will play Saturday at 4 p.m. in Punxsutawney, with an if necessary game being held Monday if DuBois wins.
Elk-McKean put two runners on in the top of the first against Weible, as Emma Ely reached on a leadoff bunt single, while Payton Delhunty reached on a one-out walk. Neither runner moved from there, as Weible fielded a comebacker and got a strikeout to end the inning.
DuBois promptly grabbed the lead with a run in the bottom half of the first.
Gregory got things started with a one-out double to left-center and went to third on a single by Smith. Ho then scored Gregory with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 1-0.
Weible enjoyed a quick top of the second before DuBois seized control of the game with its seven-run bottom of the second.
Rachel Radaker led off the inning with a walk and hustled around to third on a double to center by Tyler. Felix then scored Radaker on a safety squeeze, while Burton doubled home Tyler.
After Taylor Smith was hit by a pitch, Gregory doubled to plate Burton, while Lakin Smith scored Taylor Smith on a single to center. Ho stepped in and blasted a triple to left field that chased home both Gregory and Lakin Smith to make it 7-0.
Radaker, up for the second time in the second, capped the big inning with a single to right that scored Ho to put DuBois up 8-0 after two innings.
Elk-McKean threatened to score in the third when Ely reached on a one-out error and Jenna Pavlock walked.
Pavlock then took off for second but DuBois elected to throw back to Weible in the circle, who in turn fired to third to catch Ely too far off the base.
Weible then got out of the inning with a groundout to short.
DuBois added to its lead with four more runs in the third, as it started to put the 10-run mercy rule into play.
Tyler led off the inning and reached on an error, while Allie Snyder followed with a single to left. Both scored when Johnson doubled to left field. Johnson came home on a Taylor Smith single to left, with Smith reaching third on an errant throw to the plate.
Smith’s hustle paid off as she sprinted home on a Gregory groundout to put DuBois up 12-0.
DuBois reliever Tyler worked around a one-out triple in the fourth to keep it a 12-0 game before DuBois tacked on its final run in the bottom half of the inning.
Alex Volpe drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second and third, and eventually scored, on a trio of wild pitches.
Elk-McKean plated its lone run in the top of the fifth off Snyder. Four walks and an infield single helped score the run after catcher Volpe threw out Moira Stanish trying to steal second after a leadoff walk.
Payton Delhunty eventually drew a bases-loaded walk off Tyler, who had returned to the circle, to force home Alexa Mahoney to set the final at 13-1. Tyler struck out four in her 1 2/3 innings of work.