Leopards Erupt in the 12th at Canton South to Clinch NBC Outright – Baseball

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Louisville 18, Canton South 9, 12 Innings

The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team rallied from a 6-run deficit 36 days earlier against the home Canton South Wildcats at Louisville’s Field of Dreams. The game was suspended due to darkness on an evening where the median temperature was 39 degrees.

The game resumed Saturday with partly cloudy skies and 75 degree weather at Canton South’s Tim Miller Field. The Leopards erupted for 9 runs in the 12th inning to complete their quest for an Outright League Championship in their final game as a member of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference. Louisville won the game 18-9 to improve to 21-7 on the season and finish 13-1 in the conference. This is the 5th time LHS has won the NBC Outright in the 7 titles they have captured for the league overall.

's Sports - Go Leopards Baseball ShirtThe game resumed Saturday tied 9-9 with the Leopards batting in the top of the seventh with 2 outs, a 2-2 count, and a runner on third. The 5 week cliffhanger ended as the first pitch was a called strike three that ended the Louisville threat.

Nine straight scoreless frames followed. LHS Pitcher Cam Lingle pitched five of those innings, retired Canton South in order three times, surrendered just a single hit, and struck out 7. He faced a 2 on, 2 out jam in the 8th and struck out the next hitter to keep the Leopards journey alive. Lingle continued to keep the Wildcats at bay in retiring 9 of the next 10 hitters to take the game into the 12th.

Louisville’s Jordan Shearer tripled on a fly ball to left field to open up the 12th inning. With no outs, Canton South elected to intentionally walk the next two batters. The Wildcats took simliar action early in the eight and were successful in getting out of a 1-out bases loaded jam. The script changed this time around as the move backfired in a colossal way.

After a pop out, Max Hartline walked on 5 pitches to bring home Shearer for the go-ahead run. Then Davis Burick blasted a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence for a Grand Slam to rip the game wide open at 14-9. The homer run was Burick’s third of the season matching Bryce Zuppe for the team-high on the year. The Leopards have collectively put 9 over the fence this season. 

With only 1 out, Louisville would remove all doubt in adding 4 more insurance runs to their total. Caleb Prasco, Carter Rode, and Shearer all singled to load the bases. Zuppe cleared them out with a 3-run triple to center field to pull the Leopards ahead 17-9. Zuppe had a monster game finishing 3-for-6 with a pair of triples, 6 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. His fourth run came two pitches later when Cam King singled him home to cap off the 9-run inning that saw the Leopards record 7 hits and bring 13 to the plate.

Eddie Budinski came in to work the bottom of the 12th. He surrendered a walk to start the inning, but retired the final Canton South hitters in order. A 5-3 groundout from third baseman Dillon Rebuck to first baseman Prasco kickstarted Louisville into a celebration for their first Outright NBC crown since 2011.

36 Days earlier, the Leopards put together an improbable rally to tie the game and force it into suspension. Louisville trailed 8-2 at the end of five innings despite not allowing a single Canton South hit to that point. The Leopards would score 5 in the sixth and 2 in the seventh to knot the game at 9-9 before it was called due to darkness. 

The first three Louisville batters walked to start the sixth inning. A pair of wild pitches allowed Rebuck to score from third. Then in the next at-bat, Zuppe smashed a 2-run triple to right field scoring Jackson Kandel and Dom Mongiardo to cut the deficit to 8-5. A few batters later, Hartline cracked a 1-out 2-run double to right bringing home Zuppe and Lingle to trim the Wildcat lead to 8-7.

Six errors and 10 walks plagued the Leopards early on as they fought through the 30-degree conditions with some snow and sleet mixed in. Despite all that, Louisville pitching held the Wildcats hitless through 5 2/3 innings. Cam Stahl broke-up the no-no with an infield RBI single that scored JC Philippi to make it 9-7 in the bottom of of the sixth. This was one of just two hits Canton South had in the game with Philippi singling in the eighth for the only other.

The game entered the seventh and the Leopards undefeated NBC record look to be fading just as the light was fading from the sky. Prasco led off the inning with a 5-pitch walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Austin Cummings. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third after a groundout. Then Kandel worked the count full before drawing a walk. Suddenly the tying run was on first. 

A passed ball three pitches later allowed Cummings to score and Kandel to advance to second in cutting the South lead to 9-8. After a pop out, Zuppe delivered a clutch 2-out single to center scoring Kandel from second to complete the comeback and tie the game at 9-9. Zuppe stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball that made the count 2-2. The next pitch wouldn’t come for over a month later.


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UP NEXT: The Louisville Baseball Team will next travel to Canal Park to take on the Norton Panthers in the DII Akron District Semifinals on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:00 PM.

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VARSITY BASEBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 18, WILDCATS 9, 12 INNINGS

Team 123-456-789-(10)(11)(12)–R-H-E

Louisville 000-025-200-009–18-14-7

Canton South 110-151-000-000–9-2-3

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Bryce Zuppe643621
Cam King712212
Cam Lingle711012
Max Hartline622312
Eddie Budinski000000
Davis Burick612511
Caleb Prasco411031
Austin Cummings010000
Dillon Rebuck610011
Jackson Kandel220030
Carter Rode111000
Dom Mongiardo320020
Jordan Shearer212000
Justin Blyer
Jack Davis
Dillon English
Noah Gustaitis
Totals501814161510
Batting

2B: Max Hartline 
3B: Jordan Shearer, Bryce Zuppe 2 
HR: Davis Burick 
Grand slam: Davis Burick 
TB: Davis Burick 5, Max Hartline 3, Cam King 2, Cam Lingle, Caleb Prasco, Carter Rode, Jordan Shearer 4, Bryce Zuppe 7 
RBI: Davis Burick 5, Max Hartline 3, Cam King 2, Bryce Zuppe 6 
ROE: Max Hartline 2 
FC: Cam Lingle, Dillon Rebuck 
HBP: Jackson Kandel 
SB: Davis Burick, Max Hartline 2, Cam Lingle 2, Bryce Zuppe 2 
CS: Max Hartline 
PIK: Max Hartline 

Totals

Team QAB: 38 (57.58%) 
Davis Burick 3, Max Hartline 4, Jackson Kandel 3, Cam King 6, Cam Lingle 4, Dom Mongiardo 3, Caleb Prasco 6, Dillon Rebuck 2, Jordan Shearer, Bryce Zuppe 6 

Team LOB: 12

Fielding

E: Jack Davis, Jackson Kandel 3, Cam King, Dillon Rebuck, Bryce Zuppe 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Jack Davis4.093.613053750
Dillon English0.222.318030030
Noah Gustaitis0.114.357000020
Cam Lingle6.094.628211820
Eddie Budinski1.020.550000110
Justin Blyer0.00.000000000
Totals12.0244.57029316130
Pitching

W: Cam Lingle (2-0)
HBP: Cam Lingle 
WP: Eddie Budinski, Jack Davis 3, Cam Lingle 
BK: Dillon English 
Pitches-Strikes: Justin Blyer 0-0, Eddie Budinski 20-11, Jack Davis 93-57, Dillon English 22-7, Noah Gustaitis 14-5, Cam Lingle 94-59 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Justin Blyer 0-0, Eddie Budinski 1-1, Jack Davis 2-3, Dillon English 0-2, Noah Gustaitis 0-0, Cam Lingle 7-2 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Justin Blyer 0-0, Eddie Budinski 2-4, Jack Davis 11-19, Dillon English 2-6, Noah Gustaitis 1-3, Cam Lingle 13-23 

CANTON SOUTH WILDCATS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Silas Snyder520021
Robbie Akers510111
JC Philippi411111
Dalton Frey410022
Diehl000000
Cam Stahl601203
Jeff Bayer010000
Peyton Tender510013
Alex Moore110021
Riley James200011
Brayden Brooks200110
Griffen Tessanne200000
Justin Ickes410123
Totals409261316
Batting

TB: Cam Stahl, JC Philippi 
RBI: Brayden Brooks, Cam Stahl 2, Justin Ickes, Robbie Akers, JC Philippi 
SF: JC Philippi 
ROE: Brayden Brooks, Cam Stahl, JC Philippi 
FC: Silas Snyder, Peyton Tender 
HBP: Griffen Tessanne 
SB: Silas Snyder 2, Brayden Brooks, Peyton Tender 2, Justin Ickes, JC Philippi 2, Alex Moore 

Totals

Team QAB: 29 (52.73%) 
Silas Snyder 3, Brayden Brooks 2, Cam Stahl, Peyton Tender, Justin Ickes 4, Riley James, Robbie Akers 5, JC Philippi 4, Dalton Frey 3, Griffen Tessanne 2, Alex Moore 3 

Team LOB: 9

Fielding

E: Robbie Akers, Dalton Frey 2 

CANTON SOUTH WILDCATS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Robbie Akers10.1185.5621114139121
Silas Snyder1.250.500343130
Totals12.0235.54914181610151
Pitching

L: Robbie Akers 
HBP: Robbie Akers 
WP: Silas Snyder, Robbie Akers 3 
Pitches-Strikes: Silas Snyder 50-25, Robbie Akers 185-104 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Silas Snyder 1-2, Robbie Akers 7-12 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Silas Snyder 4-10, Robbie Akers 26-56 

Records: Louisville 21-7, 13-1; Canton South 8-16, 4-9

JV: Louisville 19, Canton South 0, 5 Innings (April 6)

JV BASEBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 19, WILDCATS 0, 5 INNINGS

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Canton South 000-00–0-1-5

Louisville 466-3X–19-12-2

CANTON SOUTH WILDCATS BASEBALL JV BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
L Zaleski200000
R Diehl201011
D Gore100011
T Prichard000010
B Williams200012
N Stauffer200012
M Diehl000020
N Cordes000010
J Thomas200000
AJ Faiello100000
M Kruger100010
Totals1301096
Batting

TB: R Diehl 
HBP: L Zaleski, D Gore 
SB: M Kruger 
CS: R Diehl 
PIK: M Diehl 

Totals

Team QAB: 12 (50.00%) 
R Diehl 2, D Gore 2, T Prichard, B Williams 2, N Stauffer, M Diehl 2, N Cordes, M Kruger

Team LOB: 9

Fielding

E: R Diehl, D Gore, N Stauffer, M Diehl, J Thomas 

CANTON SOUTH WILDCATS BASEBALL JV PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
L Zaleski1.054.4265107150
M Kruger3.066.636793030
Totals4.0120.542121910180
Pitching

L: L Zaleski 
WP: L Zaleski 7 
Pitches-Strikes: L Zaleski 54-23, M Kruger 66-42 
Groundouts-Flyouts: L Zaleski 2-0, M Kruger 6-1 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: L Zaleski 5-14, M Kruger 15-23 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL JV BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Jake Bevere312100
Andrew Figler521000
Austin Pugh311210
Tyler Jackson311210
Broc Pickens343210
Grayson Beamer220020
Jonah Harsh231220
Hunter Selander100100
Logan Vanicek331011
Kaedin Gotshall422200
Totals2919121281
Batting

2B: Broc Pickens 2, Kaedin Gotshall 
TB: Jake Bevere 2, Andrew Figler, Austin Pugh, Tyler Jackson, Broc Pickens 5, Jonah Harsh, Logan Vanicek, Kaedin Gotshall 3 
RBI: Jake Bevere, Austin Pugh 2, Tyler Jackson 2, Broc Pickens 2, Jonah Harsh 2, Hunter Selander, Kaedin Gotshall 2 
ROE: Andrew Figler 2, Tyler Jackson, Logan Vanicek, Kaedin Gotshall 
FC: Austin Pugh, Hunter Selander 
SB: Andrew Figler 2, Austin Pugh, Broc Pickens 3, Grayson Beamer, Jonah Harsh, Kaedin Gotshall 

Totals

Team QAB: 22 (59.46%) 
Andrew Figler, Austin Pugh 3, Tyler Jackson 2, Broc Pickens 4, Grayson Beamer 4, Jonah Harsh 3, Logan Vanicek 3, Kaedin Gotshall 2 

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: Hunter Selander, Kaedin Gotshall 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL JV PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Jake Bevere3.066.545100450
Hunter Selander2.047.511000240
Totals5.0113.531100690
Pitching

W: Jake Bevere 
SV: Hunter Selander 
HBP: Jake Bevere 2 
WP: Hunter Selander 
Pitches-Strikes: Jake Bevere 66-36, Hunter Selander 47-24 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Jake Bevere 2-1, Hunter Selander 2-1 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Jake Bevere 11-15, Hunter Selander 8-9

 

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