PUNXSUTAWNEY — The DuBois minor league softball team used a big four-run inning in the third to beat Punxsutawney, 7-2, in the winners’ bracket of the District 10 Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, DuBois advanced into the winners’ bracket final on Thursday at St. Marys. St. Marys defeated Elk County, 14-4, in four innings on Sunday.
The winner of that game will advance to the District 10 championship on July 3.
Punxsutawney now drops into the losers’ bracket and will travel to Bradford on Tuesday evening.
DuBois pitcher Ava Baronick tossed a complete game on the afternoon, allowing just two unearned runs on five hits in the win. She walked three and struck out seven.
Baronick avoided possible damage in the top of the first as she walked Brinley Hallman and gave up a two-out single to Laci Poole. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, but Baronick got a strikeout to end the inning.
DuBois got on the board first in the bottom half of the frame. CC Blasdell reached on an infield single and promptly stole second base.
After a popout, Lexi Berta singled to put runners at the corners, and Kali Franklin followed with a single of her own to score Blasdell.
Punxsy pitcher Emily McMahan got out of the inning from there with a pair of strikeouts.
Punxsy’s Maddi Kriebel singled to open the second inning, but Baronick shut the door the rest of the inning with three straight strikeouts.
Jordan McGranor reached on a walk in the bottom of the second inning. Her special pinch runner –Sydney Graham –stole second base later in the inning. She also went for third base, as well, but was caught stealing to end any threat.
Punxsutawney took the lead with both of their runs coming in the top of the third. McMahan walked to open the frame before moving to second on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball. Hallman singled her home to tie the game.
After a groundout that put Hallman at second base, Poole hit an RBI single to drive in Hallman, giving Punxsy a 2-1 lead.
But the Punxsy lead was short-lived as DuBois came back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the third.
Blasdell was hit by a pitch and stole second and third before Baronick was walked. Berta followed with an RBI single to score Blasdell to tie the game again.
After McMahan threw a wild pitch to move Baronick and Berta up a base, the ball was thrown away, which allowed Baronick to score and Berta to move to third. Franklin hit Berta in moments later.
Franklin was retired on a fielder’s choice by Haley Reed before Marina Hanes’ sacrifice bunt. Franklin went from first to second and realized nobody was covering third base as she sprinted over. Reed then scored on a wild pitch, giving DuBois a 5-2 lead.
In her final three innings in the circle, Baronick allowed just two baserunners. Mya Galentine drew a two-out walk in the fourth, while Brooke Farmer hit a two-out double in the fifth.
Baronick ended the game in the sixth with a strikeout and a pair of lineouts to Blasdell at first base.
DuBois added on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Berta reached on an error and stole second base before advancing to third on a wild pitch. Franklin then got her third hit of the game –a double to right field –to score Berta.
Franklin scored later in the inning on an error, setting the final at 7-2.
Franklin was 3-for-3 with a run scored and three RBIs to lead DuBois. Berta addeed two more hits, while Blasdell stole three bases.
Thursday’s winners’ bracket final game at St. Marys will begin at 6 p.m.