Baseball Edges Softball in Battle of the Sexes Charity Fastpitch Game
Louisville Baseball 7, Louisville Softball 6
The battle between NBC Champions got off to a fast and furious start. The two teams combined to hit 6 home runs in the first inning and a half. Brendan Hoffman ripped a 3-run home run over the left field fence to give Leopards Baseball the early lead.
The Lady Leopards answered by hitting back-to-back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the first to claim the lead. Kaycee Ollis blasted a 2-run bomb over the fence and tree in center field. Alex Fankhauser and Sarah Cantley followed suit with solo shots to put Louisville Softball ahead 4-3. Although an exhibition, this is the first time in team history that the Lady Leopards have hit 3 home runs in consecutive plate appearances.
The Louisville Baseball Team retook the lead with two solo homers in their first three at-bats. Bryce Zuppe elevated a pitch that landed in the street behind the Diamond of Dreams. Davis Burick also rocketed a line drive that cleared the wall in center to make it 5-4 Baseball.
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Leopards Baseball added two more runs to pull ahead 7-4 by the middle of the fourth. Corey White walked with the bases loaded scoring Carson Davis in the third and Brandon Wahl also drew a bases loaded walk scoring Hoffman.
Leopards Softball chipped away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Cantley cracked a 1-out RBI single to bring home Ollis from second to make it 7-5. The chance to add on more ended when Corey White recorded an unassisted double play at first base.
Louisville Softball cut the deficit to 7-6 in the bottom of the fifth. Ellie Jackson led off the inning with a triple down the right field line. Two pitches later, Rylie Squire hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Jackson.
That would be the closest the Lady Leopards would get as Baseball’s Pitcher Brody Hahn retired 7 of the final 8 Softball batters. The only base runner was Louisville Softball Head Coach Andrea Arney was forced to pinch-hit. Lead-off hitter Sydney McKeever had to leave the game early and Home Plate Umpire Michael McFerren insisted that the spot had to be filled. Despite beating the rule book on the lineup issue, the typical eligibility requirements were bypassed. Thus, the Bowling Green Softball Alum stepped in and drew a 5-pitch walk.
It took Leopards Baseball just two pitches to vanquish the threat. First, second baseman Brandon Wahl fielded a one-hop ground ball, stepped on second, and rocketed the ball to White at first for their second double play of the game. A groundout to Shortstop Nathan Mongiardo ended the game sending the Senior-laden Louisville Baseball Team into one final victorious frenzy.
In the circle, Hahn pitched a complete game and struck out 2 for the Baseball Team. The Softball Team split pitching duties between their three pitchers. Kirsten Wharmby started the first two innings and struck out 5, Morgan Harris pitched the next two innings and struck out 4, and Cantley pitched three scoreless innings and struck out 5. Amazingly, Leopards Baseball won the game despite striking out a combined 14 times.
Baseball outhit Softball 11-8. Anthony Carpico and Zuppe both went 2-for-2 at the dish and Hahn batted 2-for-3 for the Baseball Squad. Cantley and Ollis both had 2 hits to lead the Softball Team.
Throughout the game, donations were collected to help support teacher Michelle Wilson and her fight against cancer. The two teams, who’s student athletes organized this event themselves, raised $913 for the Wilson Family.
Both Leopards Baseball and Leopards Softball earned league titles to highlight stellar 2017 seasons. But what they achieved Tuesday had an even bigger purpose as they were all Wilson Strong.
LEOPARDS BASEBALL 7, LEOPARDS SOFTBALL 6
Louisville Baseball 321-100-0–7-11-0
Louisville Softball 400-110-0–6-8-0
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