Quick start propels DuBois 11 past Warren for District 10 crown | Sports


DuBOIS – DuBois’s 11-year-old All-Star baseball team scored early and often against Warren on Sunday en route to a lopsided 12-2 victory in the District 10 Championship game that went the distance at Way Memorial Field.

DuBois pounced on Warren starter Liam Hanson for five runs early in the first and never looked back as he scored in every set except the fourth.

However, DuBois was never quite able to finish the win early as Warren scored single runs in the second and sixth innings to help force the game into the full six innings.

Evan Burton propelled DuBois’ offense to 4 for 4 with two triples and three RBIs. Cooper Knouse and Nate Witherite also enjoyed multi-hit games. Knouse went 2 for 2 with a double, triple and two RBIs, while Witherite was 2 for 3 with a double and a pair of RBIs.

Burton benefited from all that offense as he and two relievers combine on a double hitter. Burton pitched the first 3 2/3 innings for the win, allowing an unearned run on a hit while striking out two strikes and walking three.

Luke Reed relieved Burton in the fourth and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing a hit while removing one. Knouse threw down the sixth to complete the win. He allowed one earned run on four walks and struck out one at bat.

With the win, DuBois moves on to the Section 1 tournament, which appears to be a two-team event with the other team coming from District 1. No details were available on Sunday night on how and where this tournament will be played. . It is scheduled to start on Friday.

“We wanted to beat them right away today and put the pressure on them, and we got five in the first one there,” said DuBois manager Eric Burton. “Then our throws were pretty exceptional and we hit the ball well. We made a few mistakes, but they’re only 11 and it’s going to happen.

“And, the kids are very excited (to win the title). I think one of them might have been an All-Star by the age of nine, but for the majority of them it’s their first time playing All-Stars.

DuBois ended up being the visitors based on the pre-match draw, even though it was the unbeaten (2-0) and seeded team coming out of the pool, having previously beaten Warren , 7-5, in this part of the tournament.

Sunday’s clash has never been so close as DuBois took control from the start in the lead of the first.

Luca Morelli and Witherite each shot goals to start the game, and both scored when Burton pitched down the right field line for a triple. Burton in turn scored on a Groundout by Reed.

JT Hughes started the set with a one-out single, while Porter Price called with a walk. Knouse then hammered a center-right double that Price had a great read on. He was on Hughes’ heels as the two scored on the hit to make it 5-0 after a half inning.

Burton quickly pulled the side down from the first, getting some help from teammate Reed who threw in a potential base thief.

The offense then added two more points in the second.

Witherite and Burton started off with back-to-back singles with one takeout. Reed then tackled Witherite with a groundout, while Burton then ran home on a bad pitch to the mound on the four ball at Hughes.

Trailing 7-0, Warren cracked the scoreboard late in the second when Liam Hanson hit a starting error and then scored on a second DuBois error in the inning.

The lower half of the second also experienced a long weather delay (just over an hour and 10 minutes) as severe storms moved through the DuBois area.

DuBois was out of the set when play resumed and quickly recovered that point, plus another, in third.

Knouse led the frame with a left triple and then scored when Morelli hit the fielder’s pick. Witherite then beat an infield single that brought Morelli home to give DuBois a 9-1 lead.

Both teams cleared the traffic jams in the fourth as the relievers blocked the loaded goals in each half inning. Reed only needed one pitch to do so as he knocked Tanner Stuart off Warren to center after Burton hit the step limit with two on the outside.

DuBois added another run in the fifth when Burton landed a triple to the right with an out and came home on a Hughes Groundout to put DuBois on the verge of a 10-1 win.

However, DuBois couldn’t push another run in the fifth, but netted two more in the sixth on five walks. Chase Wadding tackled one point with a Groundout, while Burton forced the other with a free pass loaded with two goals.

Warren didn’t go quietly late in the sixth against Knouse, as he also had four walks and one batter. He scored his second and final run when Wyatt Wilson slipped home in a double steal that saw Morelli throw Logan Ristan into second place.

Luca Morelli 2b-c 3201, Nate Witherite cf 3221, Evan Burton p-ss 4343, Luke Reed cp-3b 4012, JT Hughes ss-2b-lf 4121, Porter Price 1b 2100, Cooper Knouse 3b-p 2222, Max Risser 3b 1000, Ace Johnson rf 1100, Chance Anyadike rf 1000, Aiden Keller lf 1000, Chase Wadding lf-2b 1001. Totals: 12-27-11-11.

Tanner Stuart ss-3b-p-3b 3000, Ty Bryan 3b-p-3b-1b 3000, Wyatt Neall c 3000, Liam Hanson p-ss 3110, Wesley Wilcox 1b-p 2000, Wyatt Wilson cf 2100, Kigan Ristan lf- 2b 2000, Keegan Weissinger 3b 1000, Mason Warner lf 1010, Alex Lund lf 1000, Brayden Frank rf 1000, Jaret Lang rf 0000, Eddie Abplanalp 0000. Totals: 22-2-2-0.

Errors: DuBois 3, Warren 1. LOB: Waren 10, DuBois 11. 2B: Hughes, Knouse. 3B: Burton 2, Knouse. RAP: Keller (by Bryan); Stuart (by Knouse). SB: Morelli; Wilson. CS: Stuart (by Reed); Ristan (by Morelli).

DuBois: Evan Burton-3 2/3 IP, 1H, 1R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO; Luke Reed-1 2/3 IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1SO; Cooper Knouse-1 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BBm 1 SO, 1 HB.

Warren: Liam Hanson-1 IP, 3H, 5R, 5ER, 4BB, 0SO; Ty Bryan-2 + IP, 7H, 4R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HB; Tanner Stuart-2 1/3 IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 7BB, 0SO; Wesley Wilcox-2/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 SO.

Winning pitcher: Burton. Losing pitcher: Hanson.


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