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DCC Offense Starts Strong, Kulbatsky Ks a Dozen as Cardinals Punch Ticket to PIAA Semifinals powered by N. Washington Rodeo

LORETTO, Pa. – DuBois Central Catholic scored at least two runs in each of the first three innings to back Rylee Kulbatsky’s stellar start in a 7-1 win over Meyersdale in the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinals.

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The Cardinals scored two runs in each of the first two innings, then tacked on a 3-spot in the third to put the game out of reach.

Kulbatsky surrendered a 2-out solo home run to her circle opponent, Isabella Donaldson, and then didn’t allow another hit until the fifth inning. Donaldson lifted an 0-2 pitch down the line in left and put the ball right over the foul pole for the Red Raiders’ lone run.

“I’m super proud of my team, they hit the ball really well, and overall a really good win,” Kulbatsky said in the Cole Orthodontic Associates player interview. “I knew I just hung my rise ball (to Donaldson), so I wasn’t worried about it. I just trusted my pitch.”

                  

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The Cardinals wasted little time picking Kulbatsky up. Marina Haynes drew a leadoff walk, moved to third on Jessy Frank’s sac bunt, and came home on Kaylee Risser’s RBI single. Risser came in when Melia Mitskavitch reached on a dropped third strike to put DCC on top, 2-1.

DCC went right back to work in the second. Lauren Davidson led off with a double, went to third on Lily Davidson’s sac bunt, and scored on Lexi Berta’s RBI single. One out later, Berta came in when Frank reached on an error and the Cardinals had a 4-1 advantage.

Mitskavitch led off the third with a single and Lydia Morgan and Kulbatsky were walked to load the bases. Mitskavitch and Morgan each scored on a passed ball, and Lily Sachs, courtesy running for Kulbatsky, came in when Lauren Davidson put down a squeeze bunt.

Kulbatsky took care of the rest.

                          

Meyersdale threatened in the fifth and sixth. Amber Long led off the fifth with a single and moved to second on an error. Kulbatsky struck out the next three batters to leave Long stranded.

In the sixth, Isabella Sleasman led off with a single, and Zoe Hetz hit a 1-out double to put runners on second and third. DCC intentionally walked Donaldson to load the bases. Laurel Daniels hit an infield fly and Hetz was doubled-up at second to end the inning.

Donaldson took the loss allowing seven runs, three earned, on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts in six innings.

Frank, Risser, Lauren Davidson, and Berta each had an RBI.

Kulbatsky allowed one earned run on four hits with one walk and 12 strikeouts in seven innings.

               

DCC will face Old Forge, a 6-5 winner over Tri Valley, in the semifinals on Monday, June 10, at a site and time to be announced.

                       

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