DuBOIS — Seven DuBois pitchers combined to issue 19 walks and hit three batters, as visiting Hollidaysburg came away with a 19-4 victory, despite having just one more hit than the Beavers.
The Tigers finished the game with nine hits, while DuBois (2-2) had eight hits in the game, but was only able to scrape across four runs.
The Beavers were also hurt by six errors on the day, while they left the bases loaded stranded and finished with seven runners left on base in the loss, as Hollidaysburg stranded 14 runners on base, leaving the bases loaded in four different innings.
“Just lack of focus, concentration and not making adjustments,” DuBois head coach Todd Stiner said of his team’s pitching struggles. “If you do the exact same thing four pitches in a row, you’re not gonna throw strikes and that’s what we did.”
“We’ve gotta find guys to throw strikes, a couple games we did and we did well and a couple games we haven’t and we haven’t done well, but you’re not gonna beat anybody if you don’t throw strikes.”
DuBois starting pitcher Jeremy Krise retired the first two Tigers batters in the top of the first, as he looked to bring the Beavers to the plate in a scoreless game.
Instead, Caleb Gampe drove a single to left-center field, as the ball got by a diving Chandler Ho and allowed Gampe to advance around to third.
Gampe then came in to score on a wild pitch, as the next three batters reached on a pair of walks and a hit batter to load the bases with two outs.
Bryce Martellacci then hit a grounder to third, as Justin Swauger fired to first and Cullen Corle made a great pick on the short through to help the Beavers get out of the jam.
DuBois responded in the bottom half, as Ho led the inning off with a double down the left-field line, then came around to score on a one-out single up the middle by Eric Schneider, who advanced to second on the throw to home.
Jordan Frano followed with another single up the middle to bring Schneider in to score the go-ahead run and give the Beavers a 2-1 edge after the first.
In the second Sam Servello drew a two-out walk for the Tigers before Gampe drove a 2-RBI double to the wall in right center to swing the lead back in Hollidaysburg’s favor.
Krise led off the bottom of the inning with a walk, as Corle attempted to move the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt, but instead popped up to the catcher for the first out of the inning.
Chase Husted and Heath Means followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases with one away as the Beavers looked to tie the game or take the lead.
Tigers starting pitcher Bryce Helmer then forced the next two batters to fly out to get out of the jam and preserve the lead, which Hollidaysburg never surrendered the remainder of the game.
“It’s just execution, you lose a base here and there and next thing you know you didn’t score a run and it all comes back, just the little things like execution,” Stiner said.
“We brought a good approach to the plate I thought, we hit the hit ball and we gave ourselves opportunities and getting that big hit or two isn’t necessarily an issue, it’s just having the right guys in the right situations.”
The Tigers added three runs in both the third and fourth innings to push their lead to 9-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, Krise led off with a single to right, then Corle hit a grounder to short, as Hollidaysburg looked to force out Krise at second, but the throw was dropped and both runners reached safely.
After a fly out, Means reached on a one-out walk to load the bases, as Ho followed with a single to center to score Krise.
Ethan Spellen then drew a walk to bring home Corle to bring the score to 9-4 and keep the bases loaded with one out.
Helmer made sure DuBois would not cut into the lead any further, as he recorded a strikeout then forced a line out to short to get out of the inning.
Hollidaysburg added three more runs in the fifth to push its lead to 12-4, then in the sixth, Means sat the Lions down in order with a pair of groundouts around a strikeout to record the Beavers’ first 1-2-3 inning of the season.
In the seventh, DuBois pitchers could not find the strike zone, as eight Tigers batters in a row reached on seven walks and a hit by pitch as Hollidasyburg scored seven runs in the frame on just one hit to stretch its lead to 19-4.
“We’ll go back to work tomorrow and focus on some things we’re weak at and we’ll get better for Friday,” Stiner said. “That’s the thing with baseball, you’ve gotta put it behind you.”
DuBois is back in action Friday at home against Warren.