ST. MARYS — Coming off a lopsided home loss to Bellefonte on Monday, the DuBois softball team hit the road Tuesday and bounced back in a big way with a 9-0 win at St. Marys to get back to the .500 mark at 9-9.
Junior lefty Sarah Snyder spearheaded the bounce-back performance as she tossed a four-hit shutout, striking out six and walking just one. She was backed by an offensive attack that pounded out nine hits but waited until the seventh inning to get Snyder some insurance runs.
DuBois led 3-0 for a majority of the game as it scored three times in the top of the first. Senior Rachel Gildersleeve delivered two of those run with a single, while the Lady Beavers’ third run came home on a two-out error.
However, the Lady Beavers didn’t find the scoreboard again until the seventh despite having runners on base in every inning but the sixth against Lady Dutch starter Maura Fledderman.
DuBois finally got to the St. Marys freshman for six runs on four hits in the seventh — a rally capped by a huge three-run double to the fence in right-center by Kylee Bundy.
Bundy ended the day 2-for-4 with the double and three RBIs. Gildersleeve and Fatula also had two hits, with Gildersleeve adding her two RBIs and Fatula tw0 runs scored.
“You can’t do anything about yesterday (loss to Bellefonte), you can just take care of today,” said DuBois coach Rick McClelland. “And, the girls did a good job of that today. Sarah did a good job of working on top today, and that made a big difference for her. She pitched a great game today.
“And, Sleeve (Gildereeve) came through for us with a big hit in the first, and that’s what she’s done for us all year. Kylee Bundy had a big hit there at the end, and Maddie Smith got a nice bunt down to move up some runners and getting things going in that last inning.
“We have two games left, and we just want to build some momentum going into the playoffs.”
DuBois quickly loaded the bases to open the game as Snyder walked, Bundy reached on an infield single and Fatula singled to center. Gildersleeve then ripped a single to left that scored both Snyder and Bundy to put DuBois up 2-0.
Fatula later scored to make it 3-0 when Danessa Allison reached on a two-out error.
St. Marys tried to answer back in the bottom half of the first.
With one out. Olivia Catalone singled and Micayla Bothun drew a walk. Sydney Eckert the hit a hard line drive to left field that Lexi Ray made a basket catch on running in towards the infield. Ray promptly fired to second to double-off Catalone to end the inning. The Lady Dutch only got two more runners to second in the game.
Getting base runners wasn’t an issue for DuBois, it was finding a way to score them after its big first inning. DuBois put runners on second and third with two outs in the second and first and second with one out in the third, but Fledderman worked her way out of both jams.
Snyder did the same in the fourth when Bothun hit a leadoff single and Eckert followed with a walk. Neither runner moved as Snyder got Lexi Cunningham to pop up to second and Maddie Bowes to fly out to center before striking out pinch-hitter Britney Shaw to end the inning.
Snyder was back at in fifth, as St. Marys got a two-out single from Morgan Krug before Snyder hit Catalone. The lefty stopped the damage there as she got Bothun to pop up to Bundy at second for the final out of the inning.
Eckert tried to start a rally in the sixth with a leadoff single, but lady Beaver center fielder Marissa Torretti extinguished any hopes of a big inning when she made a leaping grab on a deep line drive off the bat of Cunningham.
DuBois then all but put the game away with its six-run top of the seventh.
Fatula opened the inning with a walk, and Gildersleeve followed with a single to left. Maddie Smith bunted both runners over before Kacie Means walked to load the bases.
Allison then ripped a single past second basebaman Catalone that scored Fatula and Gildersleeve, who slid around Eckert as the throw home was off the mark to Lady Dutch catcher.
Ray walked to reload the bases for Torretti, who smacked a single to right to score pinch-runner Katie Zameroski to make it 6-0.
After Fledderman struck out Snyder, Bundy blasted a Fledderman pitch to deep right-center for a two-out double that cleared the bases to set the eventual final at 9-0.
The loss dropped the Lady Dutch to 8-11 and may have ended their hopes of earning a postseason berth. St. Marys ends the regular season Friday at Elk County Catholic.
“We hung with them for seven innings,” said St. Marys coach Eric Wonderling. “But, in reality it doesn’t matter if it’s 3-0 or 1-0, we lost. We didn’t score any runs.
“It’s been a long season for us. We’re 8-11 on the year now, and we’ll leave it up to the school district whether they’re going to let us go to the playoffs or not. We have a .500 rule in St. Marys, so we’ll see what happens. We’ll leave it in their hands.”
DuBois is back in action today at Brookville before closing out the regular season Friday against DuBois Central Catholic in the City Classic at 4 p.m. at City Park.