2-Time Defending Champs Show Might, Mercy Leopards 17-1
North Canton 17, Louisville 1, 6 Innings
The 2-time defending state champion North Canton Hoover Vikings came to Louisville and flexed their muscles Monday evening. The Vikings pounded out 22 hits during a 17-1, 6 inning victory.
Louisville became the first team all season to take Hoover past five innings, but the Vikings erupted for 9 runs on 11 hits in the top of the sixth to inflate the score.
The Lady Leopards only run came in the fourth inning. Annie Woolf, who went 3 for 3 for the Leps, singled to start the inning. Lexi Givens came in as a courtesy runner for Woolf immediately after that and took second base via Jordan Monnot’s sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Kylie Zifer appeared to have hit an inning ending ground ball to second. But the throw to first went wide allowing Givens to score from second.
That’s all the Leopard offense could muster, but the Vikings did not shy away from scoring. Jenna Lilley drove in 5 runs to lead North Canton, Ally Farrah scored 4 runs, and Kathleen Shier hit a solo home run.
The loss also marks the first and only loss ever for Leopards pitcher Gianna Falcone who is now 22-1 for her career. Her 22 straight victorious decisions is more than likely a school record and she still managed to fan 4 Vikings during the contest. The Leopards are now 4-34 against Hoover all-time and the Vikings have taken 11 out of the last 12.
JV FINAL: North Canton Hoover 8, Louisville 3
4/5: Louisville 5, Alliance 4
At Alliance, Katie Cozy’s fifth-inning solo home run put the Leopards ahead 5-4 and they eventually hung on for the one-run victory. For Cozy, it was the third straight game she went yard.
Chandler Rice finished with three RBIs in the contest. She triple in Amy Hoover in the first inning and also tripled in Cozy in the third inning. Cozy also drove in Hoover in that same third inning for the other RBI.
Gianna Falcone pitched all 7 innings and struck out 7 Aviators.
JV FINAL: Louisville 21, Alliance 5
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VIKINGS 17, LEOPARDS 1, 6 INNINGS
North Canton 202-31(9)–17-22-1
LEOPARDS 5, AVIATORS 4
UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next travel Minerva to take on the Lions on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30 PM.
JV & VARSITY PICTURES VS. HOOVER
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