PUNXSUTAWNEY — It wasn’t always pretty for the DuBois Minor League baseball team on Thursday evening, but the youngsters came away with a 14-12 win over Punxsutawney in a steady drizzle throughout the game.
With the win, DuBois advanced to the losers’ bracket final of the District 10 Tournament, where they will travel to Bradford on Saturday afternoon. Bradford lost to St. Marys in the winners’ bracket final on Thursday.
DuBois went into the bottom of the sixth inning with a 14-6 lead, but Punxsutawney came up with a huge rally in the frame to make the DuBois fans hold their breath.
DuBois went to Merek Hoyt to finish out the game after two solid innings from Noah Farrell.
With one on and out in the bottom of the sixth, Punxsy’s Braydon Trithart launched a two-run homer to get the rally started.
After a pair of singles, Zaden Gould doubled in a run before Porter Wood tripled to clear the bases. Wood scored after the throw to third was off the mark, making the score 14-12.
But DuBois ended the excitement from there as Hoyt got pop-ups to the first baseman and second baseman, respectively, to end the game.
After a scoreless first inning, DuBois went to work in the top of the second against Punxsy starter Porter Wood. Hunter Allman, Brysen Delaney and Boston Graham all started the inning with singles. The ball got through the Punxsy right fielder on Graham’s base hit, allowing Allman and Delaney to score on the play and Graham to go to second.
A wild pitch moved Graham up to third before Hoyt grounded out, which scored Graham, giving DuBois a 3-0 lead.
DuBois starting pitcher Danny Dixon had a jam in the bottom of the first as he walked a pair before both moved up on a wild pitch, but enjoyed a relatively quiet second inning as he struck out the side with no damage done.
DuBois added two more runs in the top of the third as Noah Farrell doubled to lead off the inning, while Dixon followed with a triple into center field to bring home Farrell. Dixon scored later in the inning on a wild pitch, giving DuBois a 5-0 lead.
Punxsutawney got back into the game in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs on two outs.
Wood walked before Logan Baun hit a two-run homer to left-center field to get Punxsy on the board.
Brady Weaver and Michael Coleman singled, while Jonas Greenblatt walked to load the bases after the home run.
Derek Gresock then had a base hit off DuBois relief pitcher Grady Galiczynski to score Weaver, while Mark Burkett was hit by a pitch to force in another run.
Galiczynski got out of the inning with a popout to keep the one-run lead.
DuBois added four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 9-4 lead. Galiczynski hit an RBI double in the frame, while Graham drew a bases-loaded walk, and Hoyt added an RBI single.
Punxsy answered with getting back two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Gould and Wood both scored on a throwing error.
Punxsy also got a walk and a ground-rule double with no outs, but Farrell came on and got three strikeouts to avoid any more damage.
Both teams got out of jams in the fifth inning without scoring any runs. Farrell allowed base hits to Evan Presloid and Wood and a walk to Gould to load the bases with one out, but struck out the next two batters to keep the 9-6 lead.
DuBois scored five runs in the top of the sixth, which gave them a 14-6 lead heading into the bottom half of the sixth.
Hoyt had a two-run double to start the rally, while Noah Barr, Galiczynski and Dixon added RBI singles in the frame.
Dixon went 3-for-4 and was a home run short of the cycle to lead DuBois. He scored two runs and drove in two.
Samson Deeb, Galiczynski, Farrell, and Hoyt all had two hits. Hoyt knocked in four runs.
DuBois’ losers’ bracket final game at Bradford will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday.