DuBois eliminates Punxsy
DUBOIS- The Punxsy Minor League All-Star team was defeated by DuBois, 6-1 Sunday for its second loss of the tournament. With the loss, Punxsy was eliminated from the losers' bracket.
Punxsy opened the tournament with a 10-5 loss to a tough Brookville club. It bounced back from the loss to defeat St. Marys then Johnsonburg in the losers' bracket.
It took on DuBois Sunday for a chance to play Brookville again in the championship game, but was unable to get past a solid DuBois squad.
Punxsy saw the work of two pitchers over the six innings. Darren Byers was the starter. He pitched four plus innings before being replaced by Zack Reitz.
Byers struck out two, walked only two and gave up three runs on two hits. Reitz pitched two innings throwing a strikeout, walking one and allowing three runs on three hits. Punxsy batted first and got a hit from Byers, but was unable to convert it into a run.
It gave up two runs to DuBois in the first inning, with Heath Means registering a hit.
They gave up another run in the third inning due to single by Garrett Starr and Means and Gage Gulvas both walking to first. DuBois had the 3-0 lead after the third.
Punxsy tallied its only hit in the fourth inning. Byers opened the inning with a single. Derek Ishman reached base next, but put Byers out via fielder's choice. Max London batted next and saw a similar result as Ishman, putting him out from the fielder's choice. Zack Van Leer then tallied Punxsy's only RBI of the day when he brought London home due to some errant fielding at third. DuBois was up 3-1 after the inning.
DuBois pushed its lead even further with another run in the fourth. Starr delivered a single in that inning. DuBois scored its final two runs in the fifth inning courtesy of a double from Myers and a single from Noah Knowles. Punxsy had one last chance to erase the 6-1 deficit in the sixth, but it was unable to convert Byers double into a run.
"The kids have everything to be proud of; their parents, the community, Punxsy Little League. They represented themselves well; they didn't give up, they fought through the losers bracket and played some good baseball; good group of kids, we just came up a little short," said Brian Ishman, Punxsy Minor League All-Stars Manager.