DuBOIS — The DuBois Junior League team opened up District 10 play with a convincing 13-3 win in five innings over St. Marys on Wednesday evening at City Park.
DuBois ended up scoring all of its runs in bunches, getting innings of seven runs in the bottom of the third and five more in the fourth before needing just one more in the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule.
With the win, DuBois now moves into the winners’ bracket final of the four-team tournament where they will play at Punxsutawney on Friday evening. Punxsy defeated Johnsonburg/Kane, 7-6, on Wednesday.
Although the game turned into an offensive explosion for DuBois, it had looked like it was going to be a pitchers’ duel in the first two innings.
DuBois southpaw Cole Sansom was on from the get-go on Wednesday. Sansom allowed just one hit on three unearned runs as he worked all five innings. He walked two and struck out six in his outing, where he finished a few pitches shy of the 95-pitch limit.
Sansom was also a key at the plate, hitting two doubles and driving in five RBIs on the night.
Both teams had just one baserunner in the first two innings. DuBois leadoff batter Garrett Starr reached on a walk to start the bottom of the first and made it all the way to third base before being stranded.
Sansom allowed a walk to St. Marys’ Trevor Adams in the top of the second, but was erased off the basepaths on a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame.
St. Marys still struck first in the top of the third. With one out, Kaden Snelick singled for St. Marys’ lone hit of the game. Snelick jogged to second base after an errant pickoff attempt from Sansom. He then moved over to third as Matthew Palmer reached on another error.
Michael Fitzgerald then flied out to center field for the second out of the inning. Snelick didn’t originally break for the plate on the throw, but the ball bounced off the mound and over the DuBois catcher, allowing Snelick to score on the play to give St. Marys a 1-0 lead.
But the lead was short-lived as DuBois put together a seven-run rally to give them some breathing room.
St. Marys pitcher Christian Coudriet started off the inning with a strikeout, but walked Nick Farrell to start the rally. Starr, Chandler Ho and Kolby Franklin all followed with singles to get DuBois on the board.
With two runners on base, Chase Husted and Lennon Lindholm were both hit by a pitch, giving DuBois a 3-1 lead.
Sansom then came through with the big hit of the inning as he cleared the bases with a double. Brycen Dinkfelt then singled to bring Sansom home for a 7-1 lead.
St. Marys then scored two more runs in the top of the fourth without getting a hit. DuBois committed three errors in the inning.
DuBois picked up from where they left off at the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Coudriet recorded a quick out, Franklin doubled to deep left field, while Husted’s bloop single put runners at the corners.
After a strikeout for the second out, Sansom came through with his second double of the game to score two runs.
Dinkfelt then reached on an error that scored a run, while Kolby Estrada singled and Mike Orzecowski doubled home Dinkfelt and Estrada to give DuBois a 12-3 lead.
Sansom struck out the side in the top of the fifth before DuBois came to bat needing just one run in the bottom of the fifth.
They got the job done and needed just two hitters to do it. Franklin started off the inning with a single before stealing second base. Husted ended the game with a double down the right field line to put the score at 13-3.
St. Marys will host Johnsonburg/Kane on Friday evening, while DuBois will travel to Punxsutawney. Both games begin at 6 p.m.