DuBOIS — Coming off their 11-6 victory against Clarion the day before, the DuBois Central Catholic softball team continued its success on the diamond with yet another high hitting performance Wednesday, as the Lady Cardinals toppled visiting Keystone, 14-0, in five innings.
The win, which improves DCC to 6-0 on the season, was a solid effort both on the mound and at the plate for the Lady Cardinals. Sophomore Ashley Wruble tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out five and walking one, while seven different lady Cardinals recorded a hit in a balanced offensive attack.
Senior Macey Hanes led the charge for the Lady Cardinals with a stellar 4-for-4 day at the plate that featured a triple, three RBIs and three runs scored.
Hanes wasted little time in kickstarting DCC’s offense, hitting a single into right field in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Jordy Frank then smacked a double deep into center field to drive Hanes home. An errant throw back into the infield allowed Frank to race home on the play as well.
Frank, who also had a two-run triple in the fourth, finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. The St. Francis recruit, who has been in a slump by her standards early in the season, certainly showed no signs of those struggles Wednesday.
And, DCC head coach George Heigel hopes Wednesday’s output gets his senior going at the plate.
“She hits some very long balls at practice, so it’s only a matter of time,” Heigel said. “She’s just topping the ball right now. You can see the hits that she has, she has a lot of over-spin on them. She’s just missing the center of the ball, but once she does that, she hits well. She had that triple tonight because she hit it so hard that it got through the outfield. She’s going to bust out, I’m certain of it.
“But, when you have Riley (Assalone), Ashley Wruble, and a pretty strong lineup, once they’re all hitting and playing effective small ball and moving runners over, we’ll doing what I’d hoped we would have done so far.”
Not to be out-done by her cohorts, senior Assalone also had a more than stellar day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored.
The most impressive of her hits came in the first, where the Lady Cardinal third baseman smacked a homer over the center-field fence to increase DCC’s lead to 3-0. Assalone also added a RBI double in the fourth inning to further distance the Lady Cardinals from their Knox competitors.
Joining the top three DCC batters in the hitting was Libby Maurer, who went 1-for-4 with one hit, two runs, and an RBI in the fourth. Alyssa Bittner also went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the first and a run to her credit.
With the combined efforts of DCC’s offense and defense abd Wruble’s pitching, the Lady Cardinals had no problems shutting down the Keystone lineup. With more outings like Wednesday, Heigel feels his team will get closer to becoming the elite team they plan to be.
“That was a good effort by Ashley, but she’s a good pitcher,” Heigel said on his starter’s outing. “She’s all ready to roll, and she pitched a really good five innings for us. She’s a good player that we’re fortunate to have.
“So yes, it was a good pitching effort and a good hitting effort today ... We had 13 hits. It’s always our goal to get 15 hits in a game. Sometimes we reach it, sometimes we don’t, but today we certainly played a strong four innings, and we just have to keep going.”
Central Catholic returns to the diamond on Monday when they travel to St. Marys (1-4) to take on the Lady Dutch.