Punxsy tops Luigi's DuBois in Brookville tourney, 10-4

BROOKVILLE — Punxsy 9-and-10 year olds took down Luigi's DuBois in round one of the Craig Lewis Memorial Tournament Tuesday in Brookville.

Punxsy's Willie Hoover went 3-for-3 from the plate with two doubles and three RBIs, leading his team's offense to victory.

Logan Johnston also had two doubles with three RBIs, going 2-for-3 at bat, and the team totaled eleven hits.

"I was impressed with everyone's play," Punxsy manager Mark Ewing said. "Everyone contributed really well."

Punxsy will take on the winner of the Franklin/ElCo II (St. Marys) game at 6 p.m. today in Brookville.

The game began slow for Punxsy. It was shutout through the first two innings, only getting one runner in scoring position.

DuBois, which acted as the visiting team, led by two after two complete innings. Brandon Walker and Peyton Fox both scored — Walker in the first and Fox in the second.

During the bottom of the third, Punxsy's offense started to produce. Hoover hit his first double of the evening, scoring Ethan Blose and Daren Byers. Hoover and Austin Ewing both scored off a double hit by Logan Johnston, and Punxsy led 4-2 by the end of the third.

During the top of the fourth, DuBois added its final two runs when Nic Tate and Damon Olson both crossed home plate.

But Punxsy continued to add to its lead during the bottom of the stanza. Isaac Stouffer had a two-RBI single, scoring Cameron Smith and Connor Giavedoni. Hoover also got on base with a single.

Johnston increased the lead with his two-RBI double that scored Stouffer and Hoover. Derek Huey then hit a double and reached third base before the end of the inning, with Punxsy leading 9-4.

Punxsy added an insurance run during its final at-bat, as Ethan Blose ran home off a double by Hoover. Ewing had a single during the fifth but was unable to score.

Punxsy's relief pitcher Johnston blanked Luigi's during the sixth inning, and Punxsy walked away with the victory, advancing in the tournament bracket.

After the game Mark Ewing seemed only disappointed in his team's pitching effort.

"The pitching got behind in the counts too many times," he said. "Our pitchers put too much pressure on themselves."

Huey started the game for Punxsy, pitching the first two innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks, and he struck out one.

Huey was then replaced by Stouffer, who also allowed two runs in two innings on zero hits and there walks. He struck out two batters.

Finally, Johnston came in to relieve Stouffer. Johnston threw a two-inning shut out and allowed just three hits. He walked three and struck out two.

Ewing said he plans on starting Stouffer in tonight's second round game.