Baseball Falls in Highest Scoring Game in Field of Dreams History
Lake 15, Louisville 14
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball fell in a 15-14 slugfest to the visiting Lake Blue Streaks Monday Evening. The 29 runs ties a ballpark recorded for LHS’s Field of Dreams. With the loss, Louisville drops to 7-11.
Isaac Mathie batted 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs to lead the Leopards. Other leaders for Louisville included Trevor Burk who went 2-for-3 with a double, 2 RBIs, & 2 runs scored and Stephen Kerzan who was 2-for-3 with a triple, double, an RBI, and 3 runs scored.
Kerzan nearly hit a walk-off 3-run home in the bottom of the seventh inning, but his shot was caught at the warning track. The sac fly brought home Reis Rankin from third to cut the Blue Streaks lead to 15-14. The run was also the 29th of the contest, which tied a ballpark record for combined runs scored at the Field of Dreams. The other 29-run game came when the Leopards run-ruled the visiting Minerva Lions 24-5 (5 Innings) in the DII Sectional Finals on May 9, 2002.
The next two batters following Kerzan drew walks to load the bases for Louisville. Tyler Adams swung and miss at the first two pitches of his at-bat before showing a resilient amount of patience in watching 4 straight balls. However, the Leopards would leave the bases juiced as a groundout ended the high-scoring affair.
Cam White also batted 2-for-5 with an RBI and Jake Adams also drove in a run for the Louisville.
The Blue Streaks were led by Radtka who batted 2-for-2 with 4 RBIs and Knoch also batted 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Cistone and Lane also drove in 2 runs a piece. In addition to the number of runs scored, Cistone also made Field of Dreams history. In the top of the fourth inning, he hit the first known ground rule double in the ballpark’s history.
The combined 29 runs is the most in a Leopards Baseball game since they won 23-6 at Marlington on April 6, 2010. It is tied for the highest scoring Louisville home game in the past 40 seasons in records dating back to 1977.
With the loss, the Leopards have dropped 4 of their past 5 meetings against the Blue Streaks. They are now 3-7 in non-conference play this year.
UP NEXT: The Leopards Varsity will next travel to Carrollton to take on the Warriors on Tuesday, April 26 at 5:00 PM. JV & Freshman will host Carrollton at the same time.
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VARSITY BOX SCORE
BLUE STREAKS 15, LEOPARDS 14
LAKE BLUE STREAKS VARSITY BATTING
LAKE BLUE STREAKS VARSITY PITCHING
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING
Records: Louisville 7-11