DuBOIS — The DuBois softball team had plenty of offense, plenty of pitching, and plenty of defense on Senior Day as they swept a doubleheader from Bradford on Monday afternoon at the Highland Street fields.
The Lady Beavers trounced the Lady Owls, 15-1, in five innings in Game 1 before Sarah Snyder pitched three perfect innings in Game 2 in an 18-0 shutout.
“The girls did what they had to do today. They took care of business,” said DuBois coach Rick McClelland. “I was happy with how they were patient at the plate, and they hit good pitches. It showed in the outcome of both games. They did a good job.”
Before the game, Laura Fatula, Rachel Gildersleeve, Autumn Shaffer, Marissa Torretti, and Katie Zameroski were honored for their years of service to the DuBois softball program.
Although the Lady Beavers ended up winning both games pretty handily, it didn’t start out the easiest for DuBois as the Lady Owls started off the first game with five straight base hits.
Despite the five hits in a row, the Lady Owls only picked up one run out of the rally. On the second batter of the game, Bradford’s Kaylee Brown singled to right field. DuBois right fielder Laura Fatula came up firing on the play and got lead runner Hannah Woodel, who led off the game with a swinging bunt for a hit.
After a couple more base hits to load the bases, Bryn Manion had another swinging bunt for a hit, which scored Brown.
But DuBois pitcher Molly Nosker settled down after that as she got out of the inning with an infield fly rule popout and a strikeout.
Nosker went on to retire another 11 before allowing a base hit to Woodel in the top of the fifth. For the game, Nosker allowed an earned run on six hits and struck out seven over her complete game, five-inning victory. She did not walk a batter.
“She did a good job of composing herself and going out there and making pitches when she needed to,” said McClelland. “We got a few runs for her and added a couple more each inning. It let her settle down and start doing what she does best, and that’s work ahead in the count and throw strikes.”
DuBois, which scored in every inning they went to the plate on the day, got things started in a big way in the bottom of the first as Gildersleeve, the cleanup hitter, rocketed a three-run homer out to the trees in left field to give the Lady Beavers a 3-1 lead.
Snyder, who went 7-for-7 with six runs scored, four RBIs, and stole two bases on the day, ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the second. Fatula followed up the Snyder single with an RBI triple to left field to give DuBois a 6-1 lead after two innings.
Allison added a two-run single in the third to give her team an 8-1 lead before the Lady Beavers exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth. Snyder, Fatula, Kylee Bundy, Allison and Torretti all had RBI hits in the frame.
Had the Lady Beavers scored eight runs, the game would have been over due to the 15-run rule, but Zameroski was robbed of the game-winning hit on a line drive at the Bradford third baseman.
In Game 2, the Lady Beaver offense gave Snyder an eight-run cushion before she even stepped out to the pitcher’s circle. Bundy knocked in two runs on a single before Gildersleeve hit her second home run of the afternoon. This time, it was an inside-the-parker down the right field line as Gildersleeve trotted home easily.
Maddie Smith also picked up an RBI single in the inning, while Allison drove in a run on a groundout and Alexis Ray picked up a sacrifice fly.
DuBois went on to score six more times in the second and four more in the top of the third.
Snyder was 3-for-3 in the second game and scored four times and stole a base.
On top of the incredible day at the plate, Snyder didn’t allow a Bradford baserunner in the circle. She earned five of the outs on groundballs, and two more via the strikeout and the flyball each.
“What a day at the plate, and she did a great job on the mound,” said McClelland. “It helped that she had a lead going out there. She did a good job.”
Bundy and Torretti each had two hits in the nightcap. Bundy knocked in four runs in the second game.
DuBois improved to 7-7 on the year. The Lady Beavers are back at the Highland Street fields again this afternoon as they host Hollidaysburg at 4:15 p.m.