Punxsy defeated by DuBois in five innings

DUBOIS — It only took DuBois five innings to take down the Punxsutawney Little League baseball All-Stars Sunday, 11-1.

DuBois' eight-run third inning put the game out of reach, and it walked away the victor as Nick Labrasca hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.

Although Punxsy recorded only three hits on the night, manager Joe DiPietro still had positive things to say about his team's effort.

"Defensively, we played well," DiPietro said. "We had a couple of errors, but defensively, the boys played a good game. The pitchers who came in threw strikes, but the good hitters hit strikes."

Punxsy will now drop to the losers' bracket and take on St. Marys, who beat Ridgway 10-7 Sunday, at 6 p.m. today in Punxsy.

Punxsy and St. Marys have faced each other once already in the tournament, and Punxsy reigned supreme, shutting out St. Marys 5-0.

During Sunday's game, Punxsy's only run was scored by Peyton Graham, who was hit in by Ethan Riley's double to left center. Dylan Huey was able to load the bases with a single in the first inning, but the batters following him could not capitalize, leaving all three on base.

Nick Constant also had a hit to lead off the fourth inning. DuBois' starting pitcher Noah Schnieder struck out the next three batters to continue
the shutout.

Schnieder recorded the win for DuBois, pitching 4 1/3-innings. He allowed just one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out ten batters.

Schnieder was also an offensive prowess for DuBois, as he hit two home runs. Both of his home runs came in the bottom of the third.

He led off the inning with a homer to center, and he also scored a three-run homer nearing the end of the inning to improve DuBois' lead to 9-0.

Punxsy's starting pitcher Joey DiPietro had a strong start, but manager Joe DiPietro said he began to look tired after the third inning, and DuBois began its' hitting expertise.

DiPietro pitched 2 2/3-innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits. He struck out five and didn't walk any batters.

Manager DiPietro did not fault any of the pitchers for the amount of runs allowed but instead noted DuBois' talent from the plate.

"DuBois was a very good hitting team," he said. "They hit some pitches that were on the end or on the outside of the strike zone. ... We learned a lot from their hitting. We saw who we can throw strikes to and who not to."

DiPietro is confident in his team's abilities and hopes to continue to advance in the tournament bracket.

"I hope we get another chance to play (DuBois)," he said. "We'll be a little smarter with the pitch calling and hope to give them a better chance to win the game."