DuBOIS — Runs were at a premium the first time the DuBois and St. Marys Little League All-Stars softball teams met, but that wasn’t the case Wednesday as St. Marys came away with an 8-4 victory to force the if necessary District 10 championship game.
DuBois scored a hard-fought, 1-0, 7-inning walk-off win over St. Marys in the winners’ bracket finals in St. Marys on Saturday. DuBois’ Bella Gregory scored the winning run on a wild pitch in that game, which was a well-pitched, defensive battle that saw each team commit just one error.
That wasn’t the case Wednesday at DuBois City park, as both teams capitalized on errors. St. Marys had just four hits — all in the first two innings — but scored eight runs through three innings thank in large part to five DuBois errors. Those miscues led to just two of the runs allowed by starter Madison Hoyt being earned.
DuBois, which had just two hits in the first meeting, again had just two hits through four innings Wednesday against St. Marys’ Kendall Young. However, DuBois put together four hits over the final two innings and took advantage of two errors in the sixth to push four unearned runs across.
But, that rally proved to be too little, too late as DuBois couldn’t overcome its shaky start.
The two teams meet again Friday in St. Marys, with the winner claiming the District 10 title and berth to the Section 1 Tournament.
Young struck out the side in the top of the first around an error before her teammates helepd get her an early lead in the bottom half of the inning.
Lindsey Reiter reached on a leadoff error by was erased at second when Olivia Eckels hit into a fielder’s choice. Kara Hanslovan followed with a single, while Young reached on another error to load the bases.
Caitlyn Vollmer scored a run with a comebacker to Hoyt, while Hanslovan came ome when Kat Kirst feached on the third DuBois error of the inning. Anna Mattivi then came through with a clutch two-out, two-run single to right-center to plate both Young and Kirst to make it 4-0.
DuBois tried to counter in the second, as Morgan Pasternak drew a one-out walk and Alexas Pfeufer singled with two away. But, Young got out of the mini-jam when she caught a popup off the bat of Ashlyn West.
St. Marrys added to its lead with two more runs in the bottom of the second.
Izzy Catalone was hit by a pitch to open the inning, then Reiter singled to right field. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch before Catalone scored on a safety squeeze by Olivia Eckels.
Hanslovan followed with a single that tipped off the glove of a diving Bella Gregory behinf the first-base bag. Reiter scored on the hit, but Hanslovan was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.
Leading 6-0, St. Marys tacked on another pair of insurance runs in the third when Vollmer and Sydney Alexander, who both walked, both scored on a one-out error to make it an 8-0 game.
The runs proved to be the last of the game, as Emma Delp relieved Hoyt in the fourth and tossed two scoreless innings of relief. She helped her own cause in keeping the game 8-0 when she started a 1-3-2 double play on a comebacker to end the bottom of the fifth inning.
First baseman Lauren Walker fired home to Pfeufer to get Vollmer — who tried to score from third — to complete the double play.
DuBois built some late momentum when Bella Gregory beat out an infield single and Sarah Henninger doubled with two outs in the fifth. However, Young got Eden Galiczynski to fly out to center to strand both runners in scoring position.
DuBois finally got to Young in the sixth.
Walker was hit by a pitch to start the inning, while Pasternak reached on an error that saw the two runners advance to third and second, respectively. Young proceeded to get a strikeout and popup, but West reached on another error that scored Walker and extended the inning.
Hoyt followed with a RBI single to center before Gregory blasted a two-run triple to right that chased home West and Hoyt to make it 8-4.
Young halted DuBois’ rally there with a strikeout to end the game and send the series back to St. Marys’ for Friday’s winner-take-all matchup.