DuBOIS — The DuBois Minor League softball team was eliminated from the District 10 Tournament by Punxsutawney, 9-4, on Sunday afternoon at City Park.
After DuBois won its first two games in the tournament against Brockway (14-0 in four innings) and Punxsutawney (7-2), they dropped the next in the winners’ bracket final to St. Marys, 11-5, before falling in Sunday’s game.
DuBois was plagued by just two innings in the field as they allowed three runs in the third and five more in the fourth on Sunday.
With the win, Punxsutawney will now face St. Marys in the District 10 championship this evening. Punxsy would have to beat St. Marys twice to take the title.
DuBois started off the game by getting leadoff hitter CC Blasdell on base as she was hit by a pitch. The speedy Blasdell immediately stole second base before moving to third on an indifference.
With two outs, Punxsy pitch Emily McMahan got a groundball from Kali Franklin. The Punxsutawney shortstop still fired home to try to get Blasdell, but the throw was late as DuBois cracked the scoreboard first.
After Franklin reached base, McMahan went on a string of 10 straight batters retired, which ended in the fifth inning on a hit by pitch to Ashtyn Buzzard.
DuBois pitcher Ava Baronick got a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the first, but Punxsy scored its first run in the bottom of the second.
Laci Poole singled to open the frame before stealing second base. After Baronick got a strikeout, Maddi Kriebel’s base hit to center field scored Poole to tie the game at a run each.
In the bottom of the third, Baronick recorded a strikeout to start the frame before getting into a jam.
McMahan laced a base hit before Brinley Hallman reached on an error that was thrown away down the right field line. McMahan raced home all the way from first on the error.
Brooke Farmery then singled home Hallman to give Punxsy the lead.
After a fielder’s choice on a play at third base that Farmery was safe on, Farmery and Laci Poole executed a double steal to give Punxsy a 3-1 lead.
Baronick got out of the inning from there on a popout to Lexi Berta at shortstop and a groundout to Haley Reed at third base.
Punxsy blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fourth inning with five runs to take a 9-1 lead.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Baronick got an out at home plate on a groundball for the first out and a pop-up for the second out. But it went down hill from there as Farmery hit a two-run single, while Poole and Zoey Hoover followed with RBI singles of their own. MaKenna Bula also ripped a single in the bottom of the fourth.
After Buzzard was hit by a pitch to start the fifth, she stole second base and moved up to third on a wild pitch. She later scored on a Tessa Shaffer groundout.
With no one on base, Sydney Graham doubled down the left field line, and Blasdell drove her home on a two-bagger of her own. Blasdell ended up at third on the play as the throw went to second.
The two doubles were DuBois’ first two hits of the game off McMahan.
Punxsutawney had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the fifth after a pair of walks and an error, but Baronick ended the inning with a strikeout to prevent any damage.
DuBois added one more run in the top of the sixth to set the final. Kali Franklin singled into center field, while Reed reached on an error and Marina Hanes walked to load the bases.
Jenna Cornelius grounded out to bring home Franklin, and Emily McClelland followed with a walk to load the bases again with two outs, but McMahan ended the game there with a strikeout.
Punxsy will travel to St. Marys this evening in the championship game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.