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Bad day ends with Vikings loss

06/10/21 Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski DuBois Central Catholic's Kayley Risser beats the tag from Glendale shortstop Hanna Noel after singling and advancing on an error.

DUBOIS — Thursday started off as a rocky day for the Glendale Area High School girls softball team, and got progressively worse.

The Lady Vikings found out at 9 a.m. that their PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal-round playoff game against DuBois Catholic High School was being moved from Clearfield to Hendl Field in DuBois because the field at the Clearfield High School had been flooded by heavy rains and rendered unplayable.

Field conditions were much better despite a steady drizzle throughout much of the first part of Thursday’s game at Hendl, but nothing else went in the Lady Vikings’ favor.

DuBois Central Catholic (21-2) broke out to a 7-1 lead after the first four innings and went on cruise control the rest of the way to record a 9-2 victory and end Glendale’s season.

DuBois Central Catholic will advance to the semifinals and a game with West Greene of the WPIAL at a site and time to be determined.

Glendale, which won the District 6 Class 1A championship and a PIAA first-round game this year, closed its season at 15-8.

“To get to the District 6 championship game this year and win it was our goal,” Glendale coach Beth Campbell said. “It was a good goal, and we were able to attain it.

“We wanted to go further, but we just didn’t play the way that we wanted to play today,” Campbell said. “Had we played the way that we wanted to play today, I’m still not saying that we would have won the game, but the final score wouldn’t have been 9-2.”

Led by freshman center fielder Kayley Risser’s 4-for-4 day at the plate with three singles, a double and four runs scored, and junior right fielder Ema Suplizio’s double, single and three RBIS, DuBois Central Catholic mounted a 12-hit offensive attack to back the complete-game pitching of junior right-hander Morgan Tyler, who scattered seven Glendale hits and struck out nine batters.

“Glendale has a nice team, I just thought that we hit their pitcher better than they hit ours today,” DuBois Central Catholic coach George Heigel said.

DuBois Central Catholic stole six bases, with Risser swiping four. The Lady Cardinals didn’t commit an error in the field.

“I am pretty convinced that we can hit, but I thought that we played real well defensively,” Heigel said. “I was real happy with our effort on the basepaths as well. We were real aggressive.”

Tyler tossed a very strong game.

“I thought that she hit her spots well with the curve ball, and she had a couple of (strikeouts) with the riser,” Heigel said of Tyler, who walked only one batter. “She backed up some of their batters with her screwball as well.

“I’m happy that we get a chance to play West Greene,” Heigel said. “They’re a formidable team, but our girls have played well, and they deserve to be where they’re at.”

The Lady Cardinals took control with three runs in the bottom of the first inning against Glendale junior right-hander Kyla Campbell.

Risser singled, stole second and third, and scored on Suplizio’s bloop double to center field. After Suplizio moved to third on Mia Meholick’s groundout, Shyann Lundy walked, then stole second. Both Suplizio and Lundy scored on a Glendale error to make it a 3-0 game.

DuBois Central Catholic added a run in the second inning on Risser’s double and Suplizio’s RBI single, before Glendale responded with a run in the top of the third inning when freshman third baseman Alyson Buterbaugh – who enjoyed a 3-for-3 day at the plate, singled, moved to third on a wild pitch and groundout, and scored on a single by senior Lilley Vereshack.

DuBois Central Catholic scored a run in the bottom of the third on back-to-back doubles by Chelsea Busatto and Melia Miscavich to take a 5-1 lead, then tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning when a leadoff single by Lauren Davidson, Risser’s well-placed bunt single, and Suplizio’s run-scoring groundout fueled the rally.

With Glendale trailing, 9-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Vereshack – who joined Chloe McElheny as the only seniors on the Lady Vikings’ roster this season – came up with her second RBI single.

Beth Campbell spoke highly of Buterbaugh’s outstanding game, and also praised Vereshack and McElheny for their veteran leadership.

“We had a very young team this year, with only four players returning from the last team that we had fielded two years ago (before COVID-19),” Beth Campbell said. “We were limited in our practice time this year because of COVID, but we had a great season.”

GLENDALE (2): Vereshack cf 402, Noel ss 400, Best rf 301, McElheny 1b 300, Campbell p 301, Kasaback lf 300, Buterbaugh 3b 313, A. Richards cr 010, Williams dh 300, Rydbom c 200, Cavalet 2b (flex) 000. Totals – 28-2-7.

DUBOIS CENTRAL CATHOLIC (9): Risser cf 444, Suplizio rf 312, Meholick c 411, Lundy 1b 310, Bloom cr 000, Busatto lf 311, Miscavich dh 401, Hoyt 3b 300, Frank ss 301, Davidson 2b 311, Tyler p (flex) 000. Totals – 30-9-12.

SCORE BY INNINGS

Glendale 001 000 1–2-7-3

DuBois Central Catholic 311 202 X–9-12-0

E–Cavalet 2, Buterbaugh. 2B–Campbell, Suplizio, Risser, Busatto, Miscavich. RBI–Vereshack 2, Suplizio 3, Busatto 2, Meholick, Miscavich. SB–Risser 4, Lundy, Frank. SF–Busatto. HBP–Lundy by Campbell. LOB–Glendale 6, DuBois Central Catholic 6.

PITCHING

Glendale: Campbell (L) 6IP, 12H, 9R, 6ER, 3SO, 1BB.

DuBois Central Catholic: Tyler (W) 7IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, 9SO, 1BB.

WP–Tyler 2, Campbell. PB–Rydbom 2.

Time of game: 1:52.

Umpires: Tim Burke (plate); Matt West (first base); Craig West (second base); Doug Reeves (third base).

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