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Three HRs power Punxsy JV baseball past DuBois

May 10, 2012

Punxsy's Ruben Taylor sprints out of the box after connecting on a hit during Punxsy's JV game against Marion Center May 3 in Punxsutawney. Taylor was one of three Chucks to go deep in a come-from-behind, 8-7 victory over DuBois Wednesday. Taylor's blast was a three-run bomb. (Photo by Zak Lantz of The Punxsutawney Spirit)

DUBOIS — DuBois' JV baseball team jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first inning against Punxsy Wednesday in DuBois, but the Chucks battled back to earn an 8-7 victory over the Beavers.

DuBois' five spot in the first came off four walks and three timely hits, and the score remained 5-0 until the top of the fourth, when Hunter Hickok started the inning with a single.

Hickok stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Christian Falgout. Brandon Blose pushed Punxsy's first run across the plate with a fielder's choice.

After cracking open the egg on the scoreboard, Punxsy wasted no time doubling its score, as Dakotah Byers — who went 3-for-4 on the afternoon — delivered a line drive home run to make the score 5-2.

DuBois added a run in the bottom of the fourth to push its lead back to four, but in the top of the fifth, the Punxsy JV bats came to live, as they plated six runs.

Clayton Dale started it with a single, and Matt Burkett walked to set up a three-run homer by Hickok.

Falkgout walked, and Byers singled to set up the encore performance, as Ruben Taylor gave the Chucks an 8-6 lead with a three-run blast of his own.

DuBois added a solo shot in the seventh to end the scoring with the Chucks coming out on top, 8-7.

Byers and Hickok both went 3-for-4 with a dinger, and Taylor added his home run to lead the offense for Punxsy.

Falgout and Tyler Young each doubled, while Dale and Blose chipped in with one hit apiece.

Hickok started for the Chucks, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks, and Blose pitched four innings to earn the win, recording two strikeouts, allowing two runs on five hits and walking just one.

"We were a little sluggish to start, I think mainly because of the lack of good practice conditions the past couple days," Punxsy head coach Rodney Thompson said. "We worked out in the gym Tuesday, but it's just not the same as getting out on the field and preparing to play. The guys really battled back and got some big hits in the fifth, which proved to be enough to pull out the win."

In a strong team performance, a few individuals' performances stood out to Thompson.

"Coach (Jeremy) Hospo- dar and I are proud of the way these guys pulled it together, and we were really happy with the way Brandon Blose came in and threw strikes to pull out the win," Thompson said. "The home runs by Byers, Hickok and Taylor were clutch hits that gave us just the boost we needed."

The Chucks — varsity and JV — will be back in action this evening with a home contest scheduled against State College at 4:15 p.m.

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