DuBOIS — To say the Brookville softball program has struggled against DuBois over the years would be an understatement, but for the the second time in three seasons the Lady Raiders made the trip up Interstate 80 and stunned the Lady Beavers on their home field.
Brookville rallied from an early 2-0 deficit back in 2017 to knock off DuBois, 4-2, at the Highland Street fields to end a streak of 20 straight losses dating back to 2005.
The Lady Raiders comeback Thursday was even bigger as they battled back from deficits of 4-0, 6-2 and 9-5 to pull out a wild 10-9 victory on the turf at Heindl Field.
That proved to be just the start of the day for Brookville, which beat Keystone 22-12 in six inings in a second game played at Heindl Field Thursday.
Brookville clawed all the way back against DuBois with a big five-run top of the sixth — a rally that featured a two-run single by senior Carlie McManigle that pulled the Lady Raiders within a run. Aleah Ames then tied the game at 9-9 when she scored on a two-out error.
The Lady Raiders made DuBois (3-4) pay for that miscue even more when Leah Kammerdeiner smacked a single to center to plate courtesy runner Tayler Rafftery with the go-ahead run.
Brookville, which had four errors that aided in some of DuBois’ scoring, then made a couple big defensive plays in the top of the seventh — after Abby Lecker reached on a leadoff error — to finish off the win.
With Lecker on first, teammate Cate Gregory put down a sacrifice bunt but a throw to first by McManigle was low and both runners reached safely. Lecker hustled all the way around to third, while Gregory kept going to second.
She pulled up short of the bag trying to get in a rundown, and Brookville appeared content to let her have it. However, when Gregory lingered just short of second base, a quick throw got her for the first out before she could put her foot on the bag.
McManigle then got Sarah Henninger to hit into a 1-3-2 game-ending double play. The back-end of the play saw first baseman Aleah Ames fire home to catcher Lauren Hergert, who slapped a tag on Lecker just before she reached the plate with her foot.
The Lady Raiders are now 2-22 against DuBois since a 1-0 win against the Lady Beavers back in 2005.
McManigle, who was in the circle for the win two years ago, played a key role in Thursday’s win as well. She went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored while going the distance in the circle. She allowed nine runs, seven earned, on 12 hits but notched the “W.”
Kammerdeiner also had two hits while driving in a pair of runs for Brookville. She also had two hits and a RBI in the 4-2 win in 2017.
“The girls fought hard, and we’ve done that this year. In the wins we’ve had, we’ve fought and fought and fought and today was another fighting win for us. I’m very proud of how they finished.
“We started out kind of sluggish but they came back and put the ball in play. We got those three runs in the fifth and came through with five in the sixth. That was crucial, but the biggest part was shutting them out the last two innings. They had runners on base, but we made a couple plays that we really needed to have.
“A win like this is a huge confidence booster for them. I’ve been telling them all along I feel they can compete. We’ve had too many games where we’ve had too many errors that gave runs away. Today, we had a coup;e (errors) but got the runs back we gave away.”
What ended as a 2-0 day for Brookville (4-6) certainly didn’t look to go that way early on Thursday.
After DuBois starter Taylor Smith retired the side in order in the top of the first, the Lady Beavers went right to work against McManigle in the bottom half of the inning.
Maddie Smith got things rolling with a one-out single, then promptly stole second. The same scenario played out for teammates Lauren Walker and Maddy Ho, with their singles each scoring a run.
Ho came home with a third run when Saige Weible reached on a two-out error.
Taylor Smith made it six straight outs with a perfect top of the second before older sister Maddie Smith got her another run with a two-out double that chased home Lexi Smith in the bottom of the inning. Lexi Smith opened the frame with a single.
Brookville got on the board with a run in the third.
Dani Maring was hit by a pitch to lead things off, then was bunted to second Emily Steel two batters later. With two outs, Hergert stepped to the plate and ripped a single to right to plate Maring to make it 4-1.
DuBois got the run right back in the bottom half when Lexi Smith singled home Kaylee Sadowski after a two-error had extended the inning. Smith was 2-for-2 in the game.
Both teams traded runs again in the fourth.
McManigle drew a leadoff walk in the top half, with her courtesy runner Rafferty scoring on a Julie MacWilliams groundout to make it 5-2. DuBois answered right back with a RBI single by Lauren Walker to go up 6-2. Walker was 2-for-4 with two RBIs on the day.
The back-and-forth contest continued in the fifth with both teams pushing three runs across.
Brookville did its damage against reliever Allie Snyder, who came on for taylor Smith, who ended up with a no-decision after allowing two earned runs on one hit in four innings of work.
Ashton Pangallo led off the fifth with a bloop single to right-center. Steel bunted Pangallo over before Snyder struck out Hergert. However, a walk by Ames extended the inning before a McManigle single plated Pangallo.
Megrah Suhan followed with a run-scoring single of her own, with rafferty hustling around to third when the ball was bobbled in the outfield. Suhan ended up at second on the play.
Kammerdeiner stepped in and smacked Brookville’s third straight two-out, run-scoring single. DuBois got out of the inning on the play though when Suhan was thrown out at home trying to score as well.
DuBois wasted little time getting those runs back, as back-to-back singles by Saige Weible and Snyder jump-started a rally. Lecker then reached on a fielder’s choice that saw all three runners be safe.
Gregory then singled home Weible before Henninger ripped a two-run single. Henninger took second on a relay throw that went into the middle of the diamond. Gregory then tried to score with Brookville’s attention on Henninger but was gunned down at the plate as the score remained 9-5.
Brookville then completed its comeback with the five-run sixth before holding of the Lady Beavers in the bottom of the seventh.
“I think at our meeting at the end Maddie Smith summed it up best, and that was no emotion ... none,” said DuBois coach Denny Nosker. “We’re young and it’s a learning experience, but when you get a lead, it’s like the saying, ‘you go for the jugular.’ You don’t let off the gas and keep on going.
“I was more concerned with defensively the mental errors we had and knowing what to do. We’re seven games in now, so that excuse is out the window. They have played ball long enough they should know what plays need to be made. We just have to forget this one and put it behind us.”
DuBois returns to action with a doubleheader Saturday against Altoona at Heindl Field. First pitch is set for noon.
In Game 2, Brookville trailed 5-4 after three innings but scored nine runs in the fourth inning, four in the fifth and enacted the 10-Run Rule in the bottom of the sixth with five runs with two outs.
Brookville had eight hits and took advantage of 15 walks to pull away from Keystone. Hergert and Maring each had two hits with Maring driving in four runs with a pair of two-run singles.
On the mound, McManigle struck out a career-high 15 batters with no walks while hitting a batter. She gave up five hits and eight of Keystone’s 12 runs scored were unearned.
The Lady Raiders visit Brockway Monday.