Softball Rallies with Walk-Off in the 7th to Beat Baseball 4-3 in the Dual on the Diamond – Charity Fastpitch

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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.

Beatty's Sports - Softball Love ShirtJackson Kandel blasted a 2-run homer way over the left field fence to give the Baseball team a 3-1 lead in the top of the seventh. 

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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LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Zuppe211001
King300001
Shearer200002
Prasco201101
Rebuck201000
Lingle200001
Hartline200001
English201001
Gray110010
Kandle211201
Cummings200002
Burick100001
J Davis200001
Blyer100001
Budinski
Totals26353114
Batting

2B: Zuppe 
HR: Kandle 
TB: Zuppe 2, Prasco, Rebuck, English, Kandle 4 
RBI: Prasco, Kandle 2 
FC: Rebuck 

Totals

Team QAB: 5 (18.52%) 
Zuppe, King, Gray, Kandle, Cummings 

Team LOB: 3

Fielding

E: English, Gray 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Shearer6.178.628841220
Totals6.178.628841220
Pitching

L: Shearer 
Pitches-Strikes: Shearer 78-49 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Shearer 5-11 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Shearer 20-30

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Sydney McKeever300000
Teagan Rice323000
Kaycee Ollis310000
Sarah Cantley301100
Shae Thomas201101
Alex Fankhauser201000
Justina Sirohman200001
Ellie Jackson200000
Riley Bobo201000
Lexi Zavarelle101010
Lauren Bennett100010
Ashley Zifer200000
Kaylee Nolte210000
Totals2848222
Batting

TB: Riley Bobo, Sarah Cantley, Alex Fankhauser, Teagan Rice 3, Shae Thomas, Lexi Zavarelle 
RBI: Sarah Cantley, Shae Thomas 
ROE: Kaylee Nolte, Kaycee Ollis 
SB: Teagan Rice, Lexi Zavarelle 
CS: Lexi Zavarelle 

Totals

Team QAB: 12 (40.00%) 
Lauren Bennett, Riley Bobo, Alex Fankhauser, Sydney McKeever 2, Kaylee Nolte, Teagan Rice 3, Shae Thomas 2, Lexi Zavarelle 

Team LOB: 6

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Shae Thomas2.029.690311100
Sarah Cantley4.259.8472111301
Kaycee Ollis0.17.143011010
Totals7.095.7475331411
Pitching

W: Kaycee Ollis 
Pitches-Strikes: Sarah Cantley 59-50, Kaycee Ollis 7-1, Shae Thomas 29-20 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Sarah Cantley 1-0, Kaycee Ollis 1-0, Shae Thomas 4-0 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Sarah Cantley 13-16, Kaycee Ollis 0-2, Shae Thomas 5-9 

 

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