DuBOIS — Putting the wraps on the regular-season home schedule can sometimes be a less-than-pleasant experience.
It turned out to be that kind of day for the DuBois Area High School softball team as it fell to Bellefonte, 15-0, in six innings Monday.
The Lady Beavers struggled from the outset against Bellefonte senior pitcher Tara Baney who allowed just three hits and two walks in the game.
DuBois did manage to get two of those runners into scoring position, both with two outs, but couldn’t manage to get the hit they needed to push them across.
“She’s one of the toughest kids that I’ve seen –both hitting and pitching,” DuBois head coach Rick McClelland said. “She’s in the upper echelon and every time that we’ve faced (Bellefonte), she’s given us one heck of a game.”
And Baney certainly set the pace in the game as she led off the game with a single and scored on a double two batters later to give Bellefonte an early 1-0 lead.
As it turned out, that’s all she needed as the Lady Red Raiders held DuBois scoreless throughout the game.
However, that isn’t all they gave her.
Bellefonte finished with 20 hits, including three for extra bases, to go along with a pair of walks.
Baney helped lead the parade of hits as she, Rianna Trexler and Lissi Pryzbys all finished with three hits while Alexis Wetzler, Emma DeHaas, Angela Capparrelle, Carson Kustaborder and Mallorie Smith all had two. Two of Trexler’s three hits went for doubles while Capparrelle added a triple.
All but one of the 10 Bellefonte players to appear at the plate either had at least one hit and scored a run. Kustaborder, a pinch hitter, had two hits and a run in an eight-run sixth for the Lady Red Raiders.
A trio of errors also didn’t help the Lady Beavers as they led to five unearned runs.
“We have to play a clean game defensively if we want to compete with good teams,” McClelland said. “It didn’t help that we gave them a couple runs but they hit the heck out of the ball today. It just wasn’t our day.”
DuBois did finish with three hits off Baney as Rachel Gildersleeve went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead the way while Maddie Smith added a single for the other.
It was also a rough day on the mound for DuBois hurler Molly Nosker as she surrendered 15 runs, 10 earned, on 20 hits while walking two and striking out two.
However, with the exception of the second and sixth innings, when Bellefonte combined to score 13 runs on 11 hits, Nosker allowed just two runs on nine hits over the other four.
Things certainly didn’t start terribly for Nosker as she allowed a leadoff single to Baney and a one-out RBI double to Trexler to trail 1-0 after the first.
But Baney retired the Lady Beavers in order in the bottom of the inning to bring Bellefonte back to the plate quickly.
That’s where things started to get out of hand.
A leadoff walk to Capperrelle wasn’t a good start to the frame but Nosker looked poised to get out of the frame as she retired the next two.
Unfortunately, a passed ball and a walk to Mallorie Smith put runners on the corners and kept the inning alive.
An error then allowed Baney to reach and a run to score to make it 2-0 while Wetzler then singled to load the bases.
They didn’t stay that way long as Trexler ripped her second double in as many at-bats to clear the bases and make it a 5-0 game.
Przybys capped the scoring in the inning when she followed with an RBI single to put Bellefonte up, 6-0.
DuBois did get a runner on in the bottom of the frame when Smith picked up a one-out single, but Baney set the next two batters down in order to start a string of seven straight.
Bellefonte added another run in the top of the fourth to make it 7-0 while Gildersleeve broke up Baney’s string of retired batters with a two-out triple in the bottom of the frame, but DuBois failed to capitalize.
While the Lady Beavers managed to get a runner into scoring position again in the fifth, they came up empty again.
Bellefonte did not as it batted around in the sixth, sending 12 players to the plate to come away with another eight runs to put what would be their finishing touches on the win.
DuBois will now visit St. Marys this afternoon.