DuBOIS — The DuBois Little League All-Star softball team opened District 10 Tournament play with a wild 12-8 win over Punxsutawney Sunday afternoon at City Park.
The teams combined to score three or more runs in four different half innings, as the lead changed hands four times in the game. In the end, DuBois’ offense proved too much for Punxsy to overcome, as DuBois scored three times in the fourth and one more in the fifth to come away with the four-run victory.
DuBois was led by the middle of its order, with No. 4 and 5 hitters Eden Galiczynski and Lauren Walker combining for six hits (3 for extra bases), six RBIs and five runs scored.
Galiczynski, who finished a home run shy of the cycle, went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Walker finished 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs, two runs and three stolen bases.
Morgan Pasternak also was 2-for-3 with a RBI for DuBois, while Emma Delp added a two-run triple in the fourth that helped give the hosts the lead for good.
Madison Hoyt picked up the win in relief for DuBois. She came on for Delp in the top of the second and tossed 4 2/3 strong innings. She allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits. She struck out three, walked two and hit a batter.
With the victory, DuBois advances to play at Brookville Tuesday in a winners’ bracket semifinal game. Punxsy falls into the losers’ bracket and doesn’t play agains until Thursday.
Punxsy showed some patience at the plate to open the game against Delp, as th first three batters — Kaylee Guidice, Brooke Skarbeck and Chloe Presloid — all drew walks.
Kiersten Riley stepped in and blasted a ball to right field that Pasternak tried to make a running catch on. She couldn’t quite get to it, and Riley had raced around the bases for a grand slam to put Punxsy up 4-0.
Delp settled in a little after that and got out of the inning without any further damage.
DuBois quickly got the lead back in the bottom half of the inning, using five hits and an error to score seven runs off Punxsy starter Presloid.
DuBois also used a little patience itself, as Hoyt and Sarah Henninger drew walks around a single by Bella Gregory to load the bases with no outs. Galiczynski followed with a single to score Hoyt and Gregory.
Walker then reached on an error, that allowed both Henninger and Galiczynski to come home. Walker stole second and on a Pasternak single to give DuBois a 5-4 lead.
Special pinch runner Gabby Gulvas was then thrown out trying to steal second, while Presloid got Delp to ground out to short.
Alexas Pfeufer kept the inning going with a two-out walk, then stole second. Ashlyn West followed with a single to plate Pfeufer before scoring herself on a single by Hoyt to put DuBois up 7-4 after one inning.
Punxsy answered right back in the top of the second.
Karli Young smacked a leadoff single to right before Guidice drew a walk. Guidice then took off for second and DuBois threw short to Henninger in front of the base. The play caught Young too far off third and she was eventually tagged out by catcher Pfeufer for the first out.
Skarbeck followed with a walk of her own, which ended Delp’s day in the circle. Presloid promptly greeted Hoyt with a RBI single, while Riley plated a run with a groundout. Presloid later scored on a two-out error to even the score at 7-7.
DuBois got the lead right back with a run in the bottom half of the second.
Galiczynski tripled to right-center with one out and scored on a Walker single to put DuBois up 8-7, but that’s all the hosts could muster in the frame against reliever Ciara Toven.
Punxsy threatened in the third, loading the bases with one out. However, Hoyt got Skarbeck and Presloid to both pop up to Galiczynski at third to leave the bases loaded.
Punxsy did push a run across in the fourth when Toven, who walked, scored on a two-out single to center by Emily Dobbins to make it 8-8.
Any momentum Punxsy built with the run was quickly taken away, as DuBois scored three times in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good.
Galiczynski ripped a double to right-center to open the inning and came home on a single to left by Walker, who quickly stole second. After Pasternak hustled out on infield single, Delp blasted a triple to left-center to plate both Walker and Pasternak to put DuBois up 11-8.
Pfeufer kept the inning going with with a single, but Toven recorded three straight outs to strand two runners in scoring position and keep it a three-run game.
The inning proved to be the difference in the game, as Hoyt retired six of the final seven batters she faced to finish off the victory.
DuBois added an insurance run in the fifth when Henninger reached on a leadoff error, stole second and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Galiczynski to set the final at 12-8.