The DuBois Junior League baseball All-Stars scored five times in the fourth inning and added four runs in the sixth frame to beat visiting Franklin 9-5 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the four-team, double-elimination Section 1 Tournament at the Orris Complex at DuBois City Park.
In between the DuBois squad’s big innings, Franklin rallied to tie the score at 5-5, but seven walks issued by Franklin pitchers helped contribute to their eventual loss. The Franklin squad will next play an elimination game against Harbor Creek, to be aired live on 96.3 KQW at 5:00 PM Thursday. Harbor Creek dropped a 13-2 ten-run-rule game in six innings to McLane in the tournament opener.
Franklin took a 1-0 advantage in the second inning on doubles by first baseman Trey Weaver and right fielder Josh Kirwin. DuBois jumped to a 5-1 lead in the fourth frame on consecutive singles by catcher Bradon Paulinelli, center fielder Drew Bankovich and first baseman Nick LaBrasca, a bases-loaded walk to third baseman Ryan Pasternak, a three-run double by shortstop Colin Read, and a double steal on which Read safely reached home plate.
Franklin made it to the scoreboard a second time in the top of the fifth inning when center fielder Nate Emerson, who had reached base on an error, scored on a single by starting pitcher Mike Yasenka. The Venango County team tied the score in the sixth when Connor Curran followed walks to third baseman Andy Irwin and right fielder Korey Baker with a three-run home run to center field.
In the sixth inning, DuBois sub Ethan Long led off with a double, and his team regained the lead following consecutive walks to catcher Matt Agosti, pinch-hitter Ryan Radaker and to Read. Agosti scored on a ground ball when Franklin unsuccessfully attempted a force play at home plate. Radaker came home on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Jackson Frank. Read scored his team’s ninth and final run on a force play started on a ground ball by Bankovich.
DuBois outhit their opponents 7-5, with Bankovich and LaBrasca recording two hits for the home team, and Curran going 2-for-2 for Franklin.