Leopards Play Spoiler, Force 3-Way Tie for NBC Title

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Louisville 7, West Branch 4

The Louisville Leopards played spoiler in defeating the visiting West Branch Warriors 7-4 in the season finale. The Warriors loss forces the first three-way tie for the NBC Title in conference history. With the victory, Louisville finishes the year 9-14 overall and 8-6 in the NBC.

The Leopards took a 3-0 advantage through the first four innings, but the Warriors struck back with a Beatty's Sports Spring 2014 Baseball Shirt 14-run fifth inning to take the lead. Louisville rekindled the lead in the bottom of the frame and never relinquished it.

Stephen Kerzan batted 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. His RBI single in the fifth knotted the game at 4-4. Joe Crank also went 2 for 4 at the plate and provided the go-ahead single in the same inning. Alex Hollifield led Louisville by recording 3 of their 9 hits on the evening and driving in a run.

On the mound, Corey Hileman pitched 6.1 innings, gave up no earned runs on just 4 hits, and struck out 1. Alex Hewitt also tallied a strikeout in earning a two-out save.

Kip DeShields and Jake Smith had the only RBI’s for West Branch. With the loss, the Warriors finish 14-12 overall and 11-3 in the conference. This means that Canton South, Marlington, and West Branch are all NBC Co-Champions at 11-3 in league play.

With the win, Louisville has now taken 8 out of the last 11 from West Branch overall.

Prior to the game the Leopards honored their five Senior Players. They included Riley Graybeal, Alex Hollifield, Jordan Hughes, Zach Shea, and Garrett Yoder. Leopard Nation would personally like to thank these Seniors for all their hard work, the great memories they created on the field, and their entertaining personalities within the dugout. Best of luck to you all!

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BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 7, WARRIORS 4

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

West Branch 000-040-0–4-4-3

Louisville 120-022-X–7-9-3

WEST BRANCH BATTING
Batting AB R H RBI BB K
Ryan Adams 4 0 0 0 0 0
Dylan Greenawalt 4 1 0 0 0 0
Jake Smith 3 1 1 1 1 0
Jerian Thomas 1 1 1 0 2 0
Kip Deshields 3 0 0 1 1 1
Chipper Tuel 4 0 0 0 0 1
Kyle Zigler 3 0 0 0 0 0
Luke Wallbrown 3 1 1 0 0 0
Jake Evanoff 3 0 1 0 0 0
Totals 28 4 4 2 4 2
Batting

TB: Jake Smith, Jerian Thomas, Luke Wallbrown, Jake Evanoff
RBI: Jake Smith, Kip Deshields
ROE: Dylan Greenawalt, Jake Smith, Chipper Tuel
HBP: Jerian Thomas
SB: Jake Smith

Quality At Bats

Team Total: 11 (33.33%)

Jake Smith 2, Jerian Thomas 3, Kip Deshields, Chipper Tuel 2, Kyle Zigler 2, Luke Wallbrown

Fielding

E: Dylan Greenawalt, Jerian Thomas, Kyle Zigler
DP: Dylan Greenawalt, Jake Evanoff

 

WEST BRANCH WARRIORS PITCHING
Pitching IP H R ER BB K HR S%
Kip Deshields 4.2 7 5 2 5 3 0 .506
Jake Evanoff 1.0 2 2 1 2 1 0 .480
Jeff Vizzuso 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667
Totals 6.0 9 7 3 7 5 0 .508
Pitching

HBP: Kip Deshields
WP: Kip Deshields
Pitches-Strikes: Kip Deshields 87-44, Jake Evanoff 25-12, Jeff Vizzuso 6-4
Groundouts-Flyouts: Kip Deshields 3-2, Jake Evanoff 1-1, Jeff Vizzuso 0-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Kip Deshields 13-24, Jake Evanoff 6-8, Jeff Vizzuso 1-1

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BATTING
Batting AB R H RBI BB K
Alex Hollifield 4 0 3 1 0 0
Zach Shea 3 0 1 0 0 1
Jordan Hughes 3 1 0 0 1 0
Garrett Yoder 4 1 1 0 0 0
Riley Graybeal 3 1 1 0 0 1
Connor Zwick 1 1 0 1 2 0
Joe Crank 4 1 2 1 0 1
Stephen Kerzan 2 2 1 2 2 1
Jake Adams 1 0 0 1 2 1
Totals 25 7 9 6 7 5
Batting

2B: Riley Graybeal
TB: Alex Hollifield 3, Zach Shea, Garrett Yoder, Riley Graybeal 2, Joe Crank 2, Stephen Kerzan
RBI: Alex Hollifield, Connor Zwick, Joe Crank, Stephen Kerzan 2, Jake Adams
ROE: Garrett Yoder, Joe Crank
FC: Garrett Yoder 2
HBP: Connor Zwick
SB: Garrett Yoder
CS: Garrett Yoder
PIK: Garrett Yoder, Jake Adams

Quality At Bats

Team Total: 23 (69.70%)

Alex Hollifield 3, Zach Shea, Jordan Hughes 3, Garrett Yoder 2, Riley Graybeal 2, Connor Zwick 2, Joe Crank 4, Stephen Kerzan 3, Jake Adams 3

Fielding

E: Joe Crank 3

 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS PITCHING
Pitching IP H R ER BB K HR S%
Corey Hileman 6.1 4 4 0 4 1 0 .570
Alex Hewitt 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .714
Totals 7.0 4 4 0 4 2 0 .579
Pitching

HBP: Corey Hileman
Pitches-Strikes: Corey Hileman 100-57, Alex Hewitt 7-5
Groundouts-Flyouts: Corey Hileman 13-5, Alex Hewitt 0-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Corey Hileman 18-31, Alex Hewitt 2-2

 

RECORDS: Louisville 9-14, 8-6; West Branch 14-12, 11-3

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