JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg Ramettes celebrated Senior Day Wednesday before trudging to an 18-4 5-inning drubbing at the hands of the visiting DuBois Central Catholic Lady Cardinals.
DCC used a 12-run fourth inning to effectively break a 4-4 tie before finishing off the Ramettes in five innings.
Johnsonburg starting pitcher senior Kiana Myers, appearing in her final home game, set down the side in the top of the first inning before allowing two runs to score in the second.
Myers walked leadoff hitter Katlyn Yebernetsky to start the inning and Taylor Thomas followed with a single. Alyssa Marchioni tagged a Myers offering into left field to score Yebernetsky and a mishandle in the outfield allowed both runners to advance into scoring position at second and third.
Kayla Bittner followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Thomas for a 2-0 lead before two flyouts minimized the damage.
The Ramettes took advantage of multiple errors and an inside-the-park home run to take a 4-2 lead in the home half of the inning.
Cassie Biondi and Tommi Wildnauer both reached on errors at third base; Lydia Hefright came in as a pinch runner for Biondi with two aboard and no outs.
Alexa Marciniak, starting third baseman for the Ramettes, hit a sharp liner right at second base as Hefright was almost doubled up.
With one out, Brianna Fabris roped a single to right field to bring in Hefright, cutting the lead in half at 2-1. Katie Galsick followed with an RBI-groundout to tie the score at 2-all.
That set the stage for starting senior catcher Danie Jo Dwyer, who roped an offering from DCC starting pitcher Tricia Varacallo over the center fielder's head. Dwyer had her wheels on all the way as she legged out an inside-the-park home run, scoring Fabris for a 4-2 lead.
The Lady Cardinals were able to tie the score in the top of the third inning as they brought two more runs across. Kylee Schaffer and Varacallo worked 1-out walks off Myers to put two aboard. A pickoff throw to second base was off the mark on the next at bat, sending the ball into the outfield, scoring Schaffer to trim the margin to one run. A Yebernetsky single tied the game at 4-4, scoring Varacallo from third base.
Thomas, who enjoyed a 4-for-4 day at the plate with 4 RBI, sent a Myers pitch into center field but a timely throw from Wildnauer to Marciniak gunned down Yebernetsky at third base for the second out of the inning.
A Marchioni single and error at third base loaded the bases before Myers got Kayla Bittner to hit a high flyout to center field to end the inning.
DCC elected to put Thomas in the pitcher's circle and the move paid off as she retired nine of the 10 batters that she faced, giving up only a 1-out walk to Brittany Watts.
With more stability in the pitcher's circle, the Lady Cardinals turned their attention to hitting, sending 16 batters to the plate in the 12-run, 8-hit inning that featured four errors, one walk and one hit batsman.
After a 1-3 groundout on a Megan Hassan bunt attempt, DCC went to work, getting a single from Lauresa Gulvas and a Schaffer walk to put two runners on. Varacallo followed with a single to left field to plate Gulvas for what turned out to be the decisive run. Yebernetsky followed with a single to score Schaffer for a 6-4 lead as the runners moved ahead on the long throw home.
A 2-run single from Thomas brought in Varacallo and Yebernetsky to push the DCC lead to 8-4 as an error in left field put Thomas on second base. A wild pitch moved her to third base before Marchioni reached on an error at shortstop, bringing in Thomas for a 9-4 advantage.
Juliana Ingham hit an unassisted groundout to first base for the second out of the inning but the Lady Cardinals still managed to put seven more runs on the board.
Bittner got her second RBI of the day with a single to center field, scoring Marchioni for a 10-4 lead. An error at shortstop allowed Hassan to reach safely in her second at bat of the top of the fourth inning, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Myers got Gulvas on top of the helmet on the next at bat, loading the bases for Schaffer, who reached on another error at shortstop. Bittner and Hassan came in for a 12-4 lead as Schaffer advanced to second base on the play.
Varacallo and Yebernetsky followed with back-to-back singles, scoring Gulvas and Schaffer for a 10-run lead. Thomas put an exclamation point on her day with a 2-out double down the left field line to score Varacallo and Yebernetsky for a 16-4 lead.
Marchioni hit a soft flyout back to Myers to end the marathon inning.
Thomas flexed her pitching muscles in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, striking out two of the last six batters while giving up no hits and only one baserunner in her relief appearance.
DCC added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Erin Stoddard led off with a single to center field and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rosie Gillespie followed and reached on an error at third base, putting runners on the corners with no outs. The Ramettes then pulled a rare double play, getting Hassan to hit a sharp lineout to second base; Kocjancic caught the ball and fired to shortstop Brittany Watts to complete the play.
But with two outs, the Lady Cardinals were still able to pad their lead. A Gulvas single brought in Stoddard for a 17-4 lead and Schaffer followed with a triple, DCC's 16th hit of the game, to score Gulvas for an 18-4 lead. With Schaffer on third base and representing the run to enact the 15-run rule to end the game, Myers got Varacallo to hit into a 6-3 groundout to end the inning before the Ramettes went down in the home half of the fifth inning to end the game.