DuBOIS — Getting a lot of little things is important to picking up victories, but it certainly never hurts to get the big ones, too.
The DuBois Area High School softball team got a good mix of both as it notched its first win of the season with a 9-5 win over Altoona Tuesday.
The Lady Beavers (1-2) got big performances at the plate from Rachel Gildersleeve and Kacie Means as the two combined for five hits, including a double and triple, while also driving in five runs which kept them moving in the right direction.
But, perhaps one of the biggest came on defense as center fielder Marissa Torretti pretty much singlehandedly ended a key Altoona rally.
Trailing by three in the fourth with runners on second and third with one out, the Lady Mountain Lions’ Jackie Beck looped a dying pop fly into short left-center field. The ball looked like it would drop in for a hit which, at the very least, would have loaded the sacks for Altoona.
However, a hard-charging Torretti made a sliding catch to not only record the out, but also double-off the Mountain Lions’ Alissa James at third who broke for home on the play to end the inning.
“She just sold out from the get-go and laid out to make the catch,” DuBois head coach Rick McClelland said. “Then to have the presence of mind to get up and throw the ball to third to double her off was just a gem.”
“But that’s a girl that practices like that everyday,” McClelland added. “She never leaves practice without getting her uniform dirty. She works as hard as any kid I’ve ever seen.”
What made the play even larger was, while DuBois scored a run in the bottom of the inning, Altoona came back and scored three in the top of the fifth.
As it was, the three-run fifth still kept the Lady Mountain Lions a run off the lead.
DuBois then basically sealed the win with a three-run fifth of their own.
The Lady Beavers finished with 14 hits in the game with Means going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs while Gildersleeve was 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Kylee Bundy and Sarah Snyder also had two hits each for DuBois, with Snyder driving in a pair of runs.
Snyder also got the complete-game victory, allowing five runs, two earned, on six hits while walking six and striking out six.
DuBois got out to an early lead, posting three in the bottom of the first with two outs as Means singled home the Lady Beavers’ first run while Snyder followed with a two-run single of her own.
Altoona then put up its first run in the third on an RBI single by Lindsey Fasolo to make it a 3-1 game.
The run certainly didn’t bother DuBois as it followed with two in the bottom of the third.
Gildersleeve brought home the first with an RBI triple to deep left-center before later scoring on an error to make it 5-1.
Altoona threatened to put up its first big inning of the game in the fourth.
Montana Feathers got it started with a leadoff double before moving to third on a sacrifice. She then scored on a dropped ball in right-center while Jordan Merritts followed with a double to put runners on second and third with one out.
However, that’s where Torretti came up with her big double play to get DuBois out of the inning.
A couple hits combined with a couple errors and some timely bunting allowed Altoona to tighten the gap with a three-run fifth.
But, DuBois was able to hang on to the lead and posted three of its own in the sixth.
The big hits came from Gildersleeve, who ripped a two-run single, and an RBI double by Means.
DuBois will now travel to Altoona to play the Lady Mountain Lions again Thursday.