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DUBOIS, Pa. – The Cardinals ruled the nest once again.
DuBois Central Catholic used an eight-run second inning, helped by eight hits and five Clarion-Limestone errors, to win its second consecutive District 9 Class 1A title (the last one came in 2019 since the 2020 season was canceled), its fourth title in five tries, and its fifth since 2014 with a 12-2, 5-inning win over Clarion-Limestone Monday afternoon at Heindl Field in DuBois.
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“It feels great to be able to experience this again,” senior catcher Mia Meholick, who helped DCC to the PIAA finals two years ago as a sophomore, said.
Meholick played a key role in the victory going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run while driving in two runs and scoring three times.
Her two-run home run in the second inning gave DCC a 7-0 game and drove C-L starter, Regan Husted, from the game.
That was part of a messy bottom of the second for C-L, as the Lady Lions committed five of the 10 errors they ended up committing in the game in the inning.
But it wasn’t just the C-L miscues, as DCC hit the ball hard collecting eight hits in the frame, including a double by Melia Mitskavich leading off the inning s and a run-scoring triple b Lauren Davidson.
In all, DCC had 16 hits on the day, including five extra-base hits.
“We have been working a lot on our offense,” Meholick said. “We have been hitting every single practice. We just want to have a strong offense.”
The eight-run second gave DCC a 9-0 lead, and while C-L scored an unearned run in the third to make it 9-1, the Lady Cardinals looked on the verge of ending the contest after 4 ½ innings when they put up two more runs in the third on a two-run triple by Shyanne Lundy, to make the score 11-1.
C-L, though, kept the game alive in the top of the fifth when Frances Milliron singled, moved to second on a ground out and third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Kendall Dunn single to make it 11-2.
DCC, however, answered in the bottom of the inning to win the title with Emily Joseph scoring the title-winning run on a base hit to left by Chelsea Busatto.
Lundy had four hits in the victory going 4-fo-4 with a triple, three RBIs, and a run scored.
Morgan Tyler got the win going five innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits, and a walk while striking out 10.
“She is a super pitcher,” Meholick said of Tyler, who missed part of the season with an injury. “I am super glad she is back.”
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DCC moves into the PIAA playoffs where it will meet the third-place team out of the WPIAL, either South Side Beaver or Leechburg.
C-L will face Clarion in a true-second place game in District 9 at noon Wednesday at Heindl Field in DuBois with a PIAA playoff berth on the line.
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