DuBOIS — The Brookville and DuBois Central Catholic softball teams were tied going into the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday.
Howeverm, it didn’t last long as DCC used a five-run inning to eventually come away with the 12-2 win in five innings at the Varischetti Sports Complex on senior night.
“The front end of the order is hitting the ball well,” said DCC coach George Heigel. “But, even more important is that we scored with the bottom of our order. We got them on base and we moved them over.”
Six of DCC’s 12 runs came from the bottom of the order, including three in the second inning. Alyssa Bittner started off the inning with a free base after getting by a pitch.
Jordan Kosko came in to pinch run and scored from second when Carly Semancik doubled to left field. Semancik went 1-for-3 on the day and scored two runs.
Sabrina Spencer plated Semancik when she singled on a blooper behind first base. Macey Hanes then reached first on a bunt before Jordy Frank blasted a three-run home run to center field.
“Jordy just teed off on one,” Heigel said. “But, that’s what she’s starting to do and at an opportune time.”
With no outs, Brookville (8-10) brought in Abby Sunealitis to relieve starting pitcher Carlie McManigle who was battling muscle tightness in her back. Sunealitis got out of the inning only allowing one base runner.
“Abby’s done very well coming in,” assistant coach Tim Kammerdeiner said. “She’s came in a couple times this year, and you can’t say a bad thing about it. She’s pitched strong.”
Brookville scored its only two runs in the first and second innings taking advantage of uncharacteristic early innings from DCC pitcher Ashley Wruble. Wruble, who got the win, walked four batters, including three in the first inning, while only striking out one.
“Ashley had trouble getting started,” Heigel said. “So, that puts the pressure on the defense and we didn’t play as good of defense as we were hoping.”
The Cardinals finished with two errors, both at shortstop after Heigel switched Shayleigh Gulvas and Libby Maurer. Gulvas started the day at second base.
“We changed up the infield a little bit, and we are working on things,” Heigel said. “It’s just experimental, but in general I think we are committing too many errors. So, we will see how that works out over the course of the week.”
The Raiders got their first run when Sunealitis scored on a base hit by McManigle. They had another opportunity to score with the bases loaded and two outs, but Lauren Hergert grounded out to Wruble to end the inning.
In the second, Kennedy Gilbert reached on an error and advanced to third when DCC’s Riley Assalone fielded a ground ball and tried to tag Gilbert out, but missed the tag. Maddie Gilbert then hit into a fielder’s choice and Kennedy Gilbert scored Brookville’s last run of the day.
Central Catholic (16-0) was held scoreless in the third inning, but scored two more runs in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead. Hanes, who went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, led off the inning and scored when Frank was thrown out trying to steal second.
“We haven’t been starting out real quick all season,” Heigel said. “But, once we got around the lineup a second time we squared up on the ball.”
Gulvas got her second RBI of the day when she singled in Wruble with a groundball up the middle. Maurer ended the inning with a fly out to the left fielder.
Brookville got a runner in scoring position in the top of the fifth, but they weren’t able to capitalize on it and left her stranded in their final at bat. The Raiders finished with nine players left on base and four hits.
“Anytime you have the bases loaded you have to be able to come up with those clutch hits,” Kammerdeiner said. “Sometimes, we haven’t been able to get the clutch hits and other times we have. This just wasn’t one of those days.”
Central Catholic ended the game with a three-run bottom of the fifth.
Bittner led off the inning with a single before Semancik reached on an error. Maia Cogley then singled to load the bases. Bittner scored on a sacrifice fly from Hanes, while Frank ended the game with a two-run, walk-off double to left field to set the final at 12-2.
Frank finished the day 3-for-4 with a double, homer and six RBIs. The Lady Cardinals had 13 hits as a team and swiped 11 bases in their win.
Central Catholic is back in action today at Punxsutawney in a late-season showdown between undefeated teams.
“They’re obviously a good team, and they’re undefeated,” Heigel said. “This is the kind of game we need to be playing in. We are going to have to play a clean game defensively, get good pitching and put the ball in play.”