Brookville All-Stars dimmed by DuBois, 13-9
BROOKVILLE — Despite a no-hitter thrown by Brookville's Elaina Powell, DuBois took game one of the Little League softball All-Stars tournament, 13-9, Tuesday in Brookville.
DuBois took an early lead, going up 11-4 in the fourth, but Brookville made a sixth inning push, which proved to be too little, too late.
"That's just resilence on the kids' parts," Brookville manager Mark Powell said. "They know a lot of (the DuBois) girls personally, and they wanted to play them hard, and they did it. They were down 13-5 but came right back during that last inning and had a rally; that shows a lot of resilence."
Brookville will play the loser of the Brockway-Punxsutawney game at 4 p.m. Saturday at a location to be determined. Punxsutawney will host Brockway Thursday.
Brookville played well on the offensive side, totaling nine runs on 11 hits and six walks.
"We know that their pitchers are good," Mark Powell said. "They throw strikes so we definitely had the kids thinking, 'Hit the whole time.' And I thought we did a nice job; we had a lot of hits; we put the ball in play. We were really happy with the way the kids hit the ball."
It was Brookville's defense that cost it the game, as the team recorded six errors and Powell walked 16 batters.
Brookville's offense was led by shortstop MacKenzie Ganoe. Ganoe went 3-for-3, singling to deep center each time. She had three RBIs on the night.
The game started off strong for both teams.
DuBois' pitcher Riley Assalone struck out three of the first four batters she faced.
Likewise, Powell struck out her first batter and did not allow any runs in the first inning.
During the second inning, Brookville's offense began to heat up, as Ganoe was the first to cross home plate after a double by Maggie Miller. Haley Olson batted in Miller to improve Brookville's lead to 2-0.
DuBois also had a strong second inning at bat, scoring three runs despite having two outs early in the stanza.
The third inning gave Brookville another two runs, as both Powell and Laken Hergert scored. Ganoe recorded her second RBI with Hergert's run.
DuBois then scored another three runs during the third, taking back the lead 6-4.
DuBois All-Stars' fourth inning proved to be all they needed, scoring five runs and putting the game just out of Brookville's reach.
Brookville scored another run in the fifth, as Ganoe recorded her third RBI, running in Powell.
DuBois put another two runs on the board during the fifth, as both Tessa Sayers and Taylor Uplinger scored.
The Brookville All-Stars went into the final inning down 13-5. They rallied, as Powell hit a double to deep center, running in Caitlyn Park and Olson. Ganoe batted in Powell for the second time in the game, and Hergert scored once more after Miller was walked with the bases loaded. But the final push was just not enough.
Despite these difficulties, Mark Powell said he was not disappointed in the way Brookville played.
"We're much more inexperienced than (DuBois)," he said. "No doubt, just the mental errors cost us tonight, but ... I think this game was a perfect start for us. We'll learn from the mental mistakes (and) hopefully continue to hit. ... I thought we hung with them well. I'm proud of the kids."