Softball Rallies with Walk-Off in the 7th to Beat Baseball 4-3 in the Dual on the Diamond – Charity Fastpitch
Louisville Softball 4, Louisville Baseball 3
The Louisville Leopards Softball Team rallied to beat the Louisville Leopards Baseball Team 4-3 in the “Dual on the Diamond” Wednesday Evening at the Diamond of Dreams. This was the second annual Battle of the Sexes Charity Fastpitch Softball game between the two NBC Champions and the series is now split 1-1.
Facing their second straight defeat in the matchup, the Lady Leopards rallied for 3 runs in the last of the seventh to take the game. Kaylee Nolte smacked the first pitch of the frame and reached on an infield error. Two batters later, Teagan Rice hit her third single of the game in as many at-bats to put a pair of runners on with 1 out.
Kaycee Ollis batted next and singled through the middle of the infield into center. Nolte scored from second on the play and Rice followed her home after an overthrow to knot the game at 3-3. Ollis slid safely into third representing the winning run. Sarah Cantley needed just one pitch to bring her to the plate as she hit the game-winning RBI single just inside the right field line.
Each team also scored once earlier in the contest. Baseball broke the ice in the top the first when Caleb Prasco beat out a 2-out grounder to third for an RBI infield hit that scored Bryce Zuppe. The score was setup by Zuppe’s lead-off double to right field.
The Boys held the lead until the Girls knotted up the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Rice, the only multi-hit batter in the game who went a perfect 3-for-3, began the inning with a line drive single to center. Rice would steal second with 1 out and then advanced to third on a ground out for the second out of the frame. She then advanced the final 60 feet when Shae Thomas hit an RBI single to left field to even the score.
Jordan Shearer pitched all 6 1/3 innings for the Baseball squad giving up just 1 earned run on 8 hits and striking out 2. Shearer kept the Softball team off balance for several innings before they finally broke through in the seventh.
Three different pitchers entered the circle for the softball team. Thomas pitched the first two innings, gave up 1 run on 3 hits, and struck out 1. Cantley came on in relief for 4 2/3 innings, gave up 1 earned run on 2 hits, and struck out 13. Ollis, the Lady Leopards catcher, also made her pitching debut by starting and ending the seventh inning. Ollis hurled a 4-pitch walk before Cantley re-entered for the next three batters. Then Ollis came back in and got the final Baseball batter to groundout to second. Since the Girls rallied in the bottom of the seventh, Ollis technically picked up her first career Varsity victory.
Both teams came together after the game for a picture. Both wore “Dual on the Diamond” t-shirts with “Team DJ” on the back. The two squads raised nearly $500 for DJ Patterson, a 4th grade at Louisville Elementary School who continues to undergo chemo treatment. Our thoughts and prayers go out to DJ and his family as all of Leopard Nation remains #DJStrong!
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