DuBOIS — The DuBois 11-year-old All-Star baseball team opened District 10 play with a bang Sunday, scoring a lopsided 23-3 mercy-rule victory over Punxsutawney in five innings at Way Memorial Field.
DuBois took a 6-1 lead into the fifth behind a strong pitching performance from Aiden Snowberger. DuBois then broke the game wide open with a 17-run, 13-hit barrage in the top of the fifth inning to end things via the 10-run mercy rule.
Eleven different players found the hit column, as DuBois finished with 21 as a team. Kaden Clark led the attack, going 4-for-4 with a double, two home runs (one being a grand slam), six RBIs and three runs scored.
Brayden Fox and Andrew Green each went 3-for-5 for DuBois. Fox finished with three RBI and three runs scored, while Green had a double, two RBIs and four runs.
Snowberger, Tyler Chamberlin and Billy Gray each added two hits, with Snowberger and Gray each knocking in a pair of runs. Snowberger added four runs, while Gray scored twice.
All that offense was more than enough for Snowberger, who tossed the first four innings. He allowed one unearned run on three hits while striking out six and walking just one.
The win puts DuBois into the championship game of the three-team tourney. DuBois hosts the title game on Thursday and faces the winner of Tuesday’s contest between Punxsy and Brookville.
DuBois lost the flip Sunday but took advantage of being the visitors by scoring twice in the top of the first.
Snowberger reached on an error to open the game. He went to second on a groundout and scored when Fox singled to right field. Fox took second on a late throw to the plate and came home on a Clark single to left to make it 2-0.
Snowberger in turn started strong on the mound, retiring six of the first seven batters he faced — allowing just a two-out walk in the first while striking out four during that stretch.
DuBois added a run in the second when Green singled and later came home on a run-scoring single to left by Gray to give DuBois a 3-0 lead.
Punxsy threw for a run against Snowberger in the bottom of the third.
Luke Miller led off the inning and reached on an error. He quickly stole second and scored on Donny Bender’s single to right. Bender tried to take second on a throw to the plate, but DuBois catcher Trey Wingard gunned him down for the first out.
Zach Presloid followed with a single to left but Wingard promptly threw him out trying to steal second. Snowberger then snagged a hard comebacker to end the inning.
DuBois added to its lead with three more runs in the fourth.
Pinch-hitter Leyton Hodge led off the inning with a single. He took second on a wild pitch and scored on a double to center by Green that Presloid tried to make a diving catch on.
After a strikeout, Snowberger tripled home Green, while Snowberger scored on a groundout by Tyler Chamberlin to put DuBois up 6-1.
Punxsy put two on in the bottom half of the fourth on an error and single, but Snowberger ended the rally there with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
DuBois then put the game away with its huge 17-run top of the fifth. DuBois batted around twice in the inning, with several spots in the order coming to the plate three times in the frame.
Clark led off the fifth with a solo home run to right in the first of his three at-bats in the inning. He walked his second time up before blasting a grand slam the third time he stepped to the plate in the fifth.
Fox and Jordan Ell each collected two-run singles in the fifth, while Green, Gray and Snowberger all had run-scoring singles. Wingard forced home a run with a bases-loaded walk.
DuBois also scored three runs in the inning when a two-out, bases-loaded fly ball to right hit by Gray was dropped.
Fox and Chamberlin joined Clark in having two hits in the fifth inning.
Punxsy made a little noise of its own in the bottom of the fifth, scoring two runs off reliever Brock Smith when Coy Martino tripled home Presloid and Noah Weaver.
Smith gave up the two earned runs on three hits while striking out two and walking one in an inning of work.