DuBOIS — With runs coming in bunches, it’s usually the last bunch that matters the most.
A four-run, fifth inning for the St. Marys Minor League All-Star team turned out to be the bunch that mattered the most as St. Marys edged DuBois, 6-4, Thursday evening.
The two teams combined to score all 10 runs in just two innings, with eight coming in the fifth alone.
Trailing by two runs heading into the fourth, DuBois scored four times to take its first lead of the game before St. Marys answered with four of their own in the bottom of the inning to wrap up the scoring and eventually take the win.
St. Marys finished with just five hits in the game as Ryan Shaffer led the way with two. Teammate William Wortman added a double but St. Marys helped its cause by taking advantage of some DuBois errors.
Both Wortman and Shaffer also put in time on the mound for St. Marys as Wortman got the start and picked up the victory, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out two. Shaffer came in to toss a scoreless sixth for the save, allowing just one hit while striking out one.
Meanwhile, DuBois ended with just one more hit, six, with Grady Galiczynski and Noah Farrell each picking up two. One of Galiczynski’s hits was a two-bagger.
Hunter Allman suffered the loss for DuBois as he came on in relief allowing four runs, two earned on two hits while walking one and striking out two in just under two innings of work.
DuBois nearly got on the board first in its opening at-bat as put runners on the corners with two outs but couldn’t push a run across.
However, St. Marys didn’t have the same problem as it posted two runs off Dixon in the bottom of the first.
Wortman drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Lance O’Neill followed with another walk to put runners on first and second.
Shaffer was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for St. Marys with one out.
An RBI single by Angelo Catalone pushed one run across to give St. Marys the lead while a wild pitch allowed O’Neill to score and make it a 2-0 game.
Both teams managed to put runners into scoring position during the next three innings but neither could get one home before the fifth.
DuBois took advantage of a walk, a fielder’s choice and a throwing error to put Mason Dinkfelt and Maddix Clark on second and third with no outs while another St. Marys error on a ball hit by Samson Deeb brought both runners home to tie the score and also allowed Deeg to move to second.
A single by Galiczynski then put runners on the corners before Farrell laced an RBI single to bring home Deeg and make it 3-2.
An error on the play nearly allowed another to score by the runner was cut down at the plate while Farrell advanced to second on the throw.
Dixon then drove home Farrell with an RBI single to push the lead to 4-2 before Wortman was able to get out of the inning.
DuBois’ Allman had come on to pitch in the fourth and turned in a 1-2-3 inning but the fifth was far from the same as St. Marys added four runs to retake the lead.
A leadoff double by Wortman got things started before Allman got the first out on a popup.
A single by Shaffer put runners on the corners before Shaffer moved up to second without a throw.
A wild pitch allowed Wortman to score and Shaffer to got to third before a walk and a wild pitch allowed Catalone to move up and give St. Marys runners on second and third with just one out.
St. Marys Louie Nedzinski grounded a ball on the infield that allowed Shaffer to score and tie the game while another DuBois error on a ball hit by Joey Lease allowed two more to cross the plate and open up a 6-4 advantage.
St. Marys went to Shaffer in the top of the sixth and he quickly struck out the first two batters he faced.
A walk and a double gave DuBois some life but Shaffer got the final out on a grounder to first to end the game.
Both teams are back in action Saturday. DuBois plays at Brookville in a losers’ bracket game, while St. Marys hosts Punxsutawney.