DuBOIS — The DuBois Central Catholic softball team entered Monday’s doubleheader against Greensburg Central Catholic having mercy-ruled eight of its first nine opponents and hoped the WPIAL foe might give them some competition.
That wasn’t the case as it proved to be more of the same for the Lady Cardinals who routed the Lady Centurions for two victories in a split doubleheader.
Central Catholic won Game 1 at Heindl Field, 16-1, in 4 innings before capping the day with an 18-1, 3-inning victory on their home field at the Varischetti Sports Complex. The Lady Cardinals notched the two mercy-rule wins despite missing three starters in Avery Sickeri, Shyanne Lundy and Morgan Tyler.
With Penn State DuBois softball having a scheduled home doubleheader Monday as well, only the first game of DCC’s twin bill could be played at Heindl Field with an early start time of 2 p.m.
And, it was Greensburg that struck first in that opener with an unearned run in the top of the first inning against starter Ashley Wruble.
Sara Orndoff reached on a one-out single single, took second on an error and later scored on a passed ball.
It was all DCC (11-0) from there in the opener as the Lady Cardinal scored fie runs in the bottom of the first and nine more in the second to take a commanding 14-1 lead.
Central loaded the bases in the first on a pair of walks sandwiched around an error. Carly Semancik then stepped to the plate and ripped a 3-run triple to left field. She scored on a wild pitch a shortly after to put DCC up 4-1.
After a lineout, Chelsea Busatto kept the inning going with a single to left. She took second on an error before stealing both third and home to make it 5-1 after one inning.
With Wruble shutting down the Lady Centurions the rest of the way, the Lady Cardinals then broke the game open with their nine-run second.
Mia Meholick led things off with a walk before Semancik and Alyssa Bittner belted back-to-back RBI doubles. Busatto then reached on an error before a Maia Cogley singled brought home Bittner.
Jordy Kosko added a RBI double, before Wruble singled home a pair of runs to give DCC an 11-1 lead. Meholick’s third walk of the game loaded the bases for Semancik, who cleared them again — this tine hammering a 3-run double to center to puntuate the inning.
Semancik enjoyed a huge game at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs. She also made a nice sliding catch in foul territory in right field in the top of the third.
The Lady Cardinals put the game away in the bottom of the fourth when Bittner singled home a pair of runs to set the final at 16-1. Meholick led off the inning with a triple before Semancik was hit ahead of Bittner’s single. Bittner was the only other Lady Cardinal with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Wruble got the win in the circle, allowing the one unearned run on two hits in four innings of work. She struck out four and walked one.
Greensburg Central Catholic only mustered two more hits in Game 2 against Lady Cardinal freshman Madison Hoyt, who tossed all three innings to record her first varsity win in her first varsity action in the circle.
Both GCC hits came in the bottom of the third with Central holding an 18-0 lead.
Ava bailey broke up Hoyt’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single, then scored on a two-out single by Orndoff to avoid the shutout before Cogley caught a line drive in left field to end the game.
Hoyt was backed by an offense that batted around in all three innings.
The Lady Cardinals scored four runs in each of the first two innings.
Cogley had a two-run single in the top of the first after Bittner and Bisatto forced home runs with bases-loaded walks.
Meholick and Kosko each had RBI doubles in the second, while Semancik plate a run with a single. Bittner also collected a RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Central then put the 15-run mercy rule into play with a huge 10-run top of the third that featured eight hits.
Kosko ripped her second double of the game in the inning, scoring two runs, while Meholick plated two runs on a single. Wruble, Bittner and Busatto also had RBI singles in the frame.
Wruble and Meholick each finished with three hits, while Shayleigh Gulvas, Semancik, Busatto, Cogley and Kosko each had two. Meholick, Bittner, Cogley and Kosko all drove in three runs in Game 2.
Overall, Semancik was 5-for-6 with two doubles, a triple and nine RBIs in the two games. Wruble and Meholick each went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, while Bittner had three hits and six RBIs.
Kosko ripped three doubles and drove in four runs, with Cogley also collecting four RBIs.
“Madison (Hoyt) has been throwing well at the JV level, and she continued to throw well today.” said DCC coach George Heigel. “It was a good effort by her and I was glad we were able to get her a couple (varsity) innings.
“We were missing three starters today, but that gave some of the other girls an opportunity today. We had a lot of hits in that second game, but we really weren’t squaring the ball up. It’s hard though when pitchers aren’t throwing strikes and you have to wait for a pitch you can hit.”
The only team DCC hasn’t mercy-ruled this year was St. Marys in the season opener, a game the Lady Cards won 9-5.
Central Catholic is back in action today at Curwensville.