DuBOIS — The DuBois softball team used some early patience at the plate and timely hitting Tuesday to upend visiting St. Marys, 8-2, at the Highland Street fields.
DuBois hitters drew eight walks in the first three innings against the St. Marys duo of Bekka Bauer and Maura Fledderman. Six of those free passes came around to score as DuBois had just four hits over that stretch.
Three of those hits produced five runs, with Rachel Gildersleeve doing them post damage with a RBI single in the first and two-run single in the second. Gildersleeve was 2-for-3 with the three RBIs and a hit-by-pitch on the day.
Junior Kylee Bundy added a two-run single of her own in the third to make it a 7-1 game. Bundy finished with the one hit to go along with three RBIs and a run scored.
That early offense proved to be more than enough for junior lefty Sarah Snyder, who tossed five-plus innings to get the win in the circle. She allowed two runs, both earned, on six hits. She struck out two and worked around five walks — four of which came in her final two-plus innings of work.
Snyder also scored three runs after drawing three walks in the No. 2 spot in the order while also adding a hit. Leadoff batter Marissa Torretti also scored three times — and swiped three bases — as she walked twice.
Fellow junior Molly Nosker relieved Snyder in the sixth and tossed two scoreless innings to finish off the victory. She played a part in the final two outs, firing to first on a comebacker before hustling in from the circle to catch a short popup off the bat of Olivia Catalone for the game’s final out.
“That’s what it’s about, timely hitting and being patient at the plate,” said DuBois coach Rick McClelland. “They did a good job, and it was a good team win. Everybody contributed something today, and that’s what we’re going to have to do this year to be successful.
“Sarah did a good job today. She got behind in the count a couple times today and battled back and got some big outs for us that way. That’s what you get with her. She has the bulldog mentality and she keeps fighting for you until the end.”
After Snyder retired St. Marys in order in the top of the first, DuBois (2-3) went to work in the bottom of the inning against Bauer.
Torretti drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before Snyder walked. Snyder then took second without a throw to put two runners in scoring position.
Bundy plated Torretti on a groundout, while Gildersleeve smacked a single to center to score Snyder to make it 2-0. Kacie Means and Laura Fatula followed with walks of their own to load the bases.
However, Bauer worked out of the jam to keep it a 2-0 game at the time.
Bauer wasn’t so lucky in the second. After getting a quick out, Bauer walked Torretti, Snyder and Bundy to load the bases. That spelled the end for Bauer, as St. Marys called on Maura Fledderman.
The Lady Dutch freshman was greetly rudely by Gildersleeve, who ripped a two-run single to left to chase home Torretti and Snyder to push DuBois’ lead to 4-0. Bundy scored two batters later on a Fatula groundout to put the Lady Beavers up 5-0 after two innings.
St. Marys (1-6) got one of those runs back in the third.
Bauer led off the inning with a walk, stole second and went to third on an infield single by Maddie LeGrys.
Micayla Bothun followed with a single to center to score Bauer, but that’s all the Lady Dutch got as Snyder retired the next three hitters — aided by a nice diving catch by shortstop Danessa Allison on a soft liner up the middle.
Bundy’s clutch two-out, two-run single in the third extended DuBois’ lead to 7-1. Torretti (fielder’s choice) and Snyder (walk) both scored on Bundy’s hit.
Snyder then worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fourth, as she got Bothun to ground out to first to end the inning. DuBois tried to keep the offense going in the bottom of the fourth, as pinch-hitter Autumn Shaffer was hit with two outs and Gabby Henrichs smacked her second single of the game.
However, Fledderman stranded both runners with a groundout to end the inning.
St. Marys scored its second run in the fifth.
Maddie Bowes drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a two-out single to right-center by Olivia Catalone. Lexi Cunningham followed with Gildersleeve tracked down a popup in foul territory.
DuBois finished off the scoring with a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Pinch-hitter Katie Zameroski opened the inning with a single to center. She took second on a wild pitch and advanced to third when Shaffer reached on an error.
Zameroski then raced home on another wild pitch to set the eventual final at 8-2.
DuBois is back in action Thursday at Bradford, while St. Marys is off until Saturday when it hosts Hollidaysburg for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.