Tigers cannot finish what they start
DuBOIS — Hollidaysburg was unable to hold onto an early lead, as the Lady Tigers were defeated 13-3 in five innings on the road by DuBois in the District 6 Class 5A softball semifinals at Heindl Field on Thursday.
The Lady Tigers got off to a strong start, scoring a run in the top of the first and adding a run in the second to take a 2-0 heading into the bottom of the second.
In the first, Meghan Cutshall led off the game with a double, advanced to third on a groundout by Kaitlyn Cappella and came in to score the game’s first run on an RBI groundout from Kelly Marchi.
In the top of the second, Alexis Petre reached on a single, advanced to second on a groundout by Oakley Fox-Kern, and then Jenna Heim delivered an RBI single to give Hollidaysburg a 2-0 lead.
Hollidaysburg coach Heather Perry said that her team came out of the gates strong, but was unable to keep that going throughout the remainder of the game.
“I’m definitely proud of them, they put up a great fight,” Perry said. “We just didn’t finish what we started.”
Fox-Kern kept the Lady Beavers’ offense at bay in the first inning, but DuBois capitalized on a pair of defensive errors in the home half of the second on their way to a big inning.
Maddy Ho and Kaylee Sadowski each reached on a pair of errors in the infield, Danessa Allison walked to load the bases with just one out.
Abby Lecker then drove in Ho and Sadowski with a single up the middle to tie the game at 2-2.
After an RBI single from Sarah Snyder gave DuBois a 3-2 lead, Kacie Means came up to bat with two runners on and one out.
Means drove a ball to right field, that got under the glove of the right fielder, as Means came all the way around to score on a three-run inside the park home run to give DuBois a 6-2 lead.
DuBois added to its lead in the third, as Ho hit a solo home run just over the wall in right-center field to give the Lady Beavers a 7-2 advantage.
Petre recorded her second single of the game in the top of the fourth and later came in to score on Heim’s second RBI single of the game to cut the deficit back to four at 7-3 heading into the bottom half of the fourth.
In the home half of the fourth, the Lady Beavers put the game away with five runs, taking a commanding 12-3 lead.
Hollidaysburg was unable to cut into the deficit in the fifth, as Lecker led off the bottom of the fifth with a triple and scored on a single from Sarah Snyder to stretch the lead to the 10-run limit and give the Lady Beavers the victory.
With the season coming to an end, Perry noted that her team improved throughout the season.
“That was our motto all the way through the year to continually try to get better,” Perry said.
Despite trailing by several runs in the late innings, the Lady Tigers still fought hard offensively and defensively.
“They have a great fight in them, great spirit and we just kept telling them to keep their energy up,” Perry said.
HOLLIDAYSBURG (3): Cutshall lf 312, Cappella c 300, Marchi 2b 301, Robertson 1b 302, Matherne ss 300, Petre 322, Fox-Kern p 300, Heim cf 201, Snyder rf 200. Totals — 25-3-8.
DUBOIS (13): Snyder p 423, Means c 321, Bundy 2b 310, Ray 300, Ho dp 331, Sadowski 1b 311, Allison ss 310, Smith 3b 300, Lecker lf 333. Totals — 28-13-9.
SCORE BY INNINGSD
Hollidaysburg 110 10X X– 3 8 4
DuBois 071 51X X–13 9 1
No outs when the ending run scored
E–Marchi 2, Petre, Matherne, Bundy. LOB–Hollidaysburg 7, DuBois 2. 2B–Cutshall, Robertson, Snyder. 3B–Lecker. HR–Means, Ho. RBI–Heim 2, Snyder, Means 4, Ray, Ho, Sadowski 2, Allison, Smith, Lecker 2.
Hollidaysburg: Fox-Kern (LP)–5 IP, 9 H, 13 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO.
DuBois: Snyder (WP)–4 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO; Nosker–1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.