Louisville Suffers 1st NBC Loss at West Branch – Softball

West Branch 7, Louisville 1

The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball team fell to the host West Branch Warriors 7-1 at WBHS Tuesday Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio AdEvening. With the loss, Louisville falls to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in the NBC.

The Leopards offense managed only 2 hits against the Warriors pitching duo of Kylie Coffelt and Kelsey Byers. Ellie Jackson singled in the second inning, but could advance no further. The pinch-hitting Savannah Miner singled to start the seventh inning and later scored when Teagan Rice was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

It was a game to remember for West Branch fans as they seek their first league title in team history. It was a game to forget for Louisville. The Leopards committed 4 errors in the field and 5 of the Warriors 7 runs were unearned as a result. 


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Bailey Byers batted 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a pair of runs scored to lead the Warriors offense. Grace Heath also went Beatty's Sports Blue Shirt Under Armour Spring 20172-for-4 with a double and 3 runs scored and Kelsey Byers drove in a pair of runs. 

In the circle, Coffelt pitched 5 scoreless innings and struck out 4 to earn the victory for West Branch. Kelsey Byers also pitched the remaining 2 innings and struck out 5. The Warriors are now 14-4 overall and are now a half game ahead of the Leopards for first in the league standings at 8-1.

The home team has now won the last 4 matchups in the series overall. Louisville still leads the all-time series 45-17. This is the first time the Warriors have defeated the Leopards by more than a single run since 1997 and their largest margin of victory in the series since a 9-1 win in 1990. 

JV: Louisville 22, West Branch 0, 5 Innings

UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next host the Alliance Aviators on Thursday, April 27 at 5:00 PM. 

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VARSITY BOX SCORE

WARRIORS 7, LEOPARDS 1

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Louisville 000-000-1–1-2-4

West Branch 202-120-X–7-8-0

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Sydney McKeever 1 0 0 0 3 1
Teagan Rice 2 0 0 1 0 0
Kaycee Ollis 4 0 0 0 0 1
Alex Fankhauser 2 0 0 0 1 1
Sarah Cantley 2 0 0 0 0 2
Kirsten Wharmby 1 0 0 0 0 1
Rylee Squire 2 0 0 0 0 1
Savannah Miner 1 1 1 0 0 0
Ellie Jackson 2 0 1 0 1 1
Peyton McKeever 2 0 0 0 0 1
Lexi Zavarelle 1 0 0 0 0 0
Justina Sirohman
Morgan Harris 0 0 0 0 0 0
Riley Bobo
Totals 20 1 2 1 5 9
Batting

TB: Ellie Jackson, Savannah Miner
RBI: Teagan Rice
SAC: Lexi Zavarelle, Teagan Rice, Peyton McKeever
HBP: Lexi Zavarelle, Teagan Rice

Totals

Team QAB: 16 (53.33%)
Ellie Jackson 2, Sydney McKeever 3, Kaycee Ollis, Savannah Miner, Lexi Zavarelle, Teagan Rice, Peyton McKeever 2, Alex Fankhauser 3, Rylee Squire, Sarah Cantley

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: Sydney McKeever 2, Kaycee Ollis, Teagan Rice
DP: Lexi Zavarelle

 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING

Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Sarah Cantley 3.0 46 .717 5 5 2 3 0 0
Morgan Harris 3.0 66 .515 3 2 0 3 3 0
Kirsten Wharmby 0.0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 6.0 112 .598 8 7 2 6 3 0
Pitching

L: Sarah Cantley
Pitches-Strikes: Kirsten Wharmby 0-0, Morgan Harris 66-34, Sarah Cantley 46-33
Groundouts-Flyouts: Kirsten Wharmby 0-0, Morgan Harris 3-2, Sarah Cantley 2-3
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Kirsten Wharmby 0-0, Morgan Harris 9-16, Sarah Cantley 10-15

WEST BRANCH WARRIORS VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
B Byers 3 2 2 0 1 0
Heath 4 3 2 0 0 0
Pidgeon 1 1 0 0 1 0
K Byers 4 0 1 2 0 1
Mesler 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rito 3 0 0 1 0 1
Coffett 2 1 1 0 1 0
Parkinson 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weber 2 0 1 1 0 0
Sprague 3 0 0 0 0 3
Alazaus 3 0 1 1 0 1
Rockwell
Totals 25 7 8 5 3 6
Batting

2B: B Byers 2, Heath, Coffett
TB: B Byers 4, Heath 3, K Byers, Coffett 2, Weber, Alazaus
RBI: K Byers 2, Rito, Weber, Alazaus
SAC: Pidgeon 2, Weber
ROE: Heath, Pidgeon, K Byers
FC: Heath
SB: Pidgeon

Totals

Team QAB: 14 (45.16%)
B Byers 3, Heath, Pidgeon 3, K Byers 2, Coffett 2, Weber 2, Sprague

Team LOB: 6

 

WEST BRANCH WARRIORS VARSITY PITCHING

Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Coffett 5.0 78 .577 1 0 0 4 4 0
K Byers 2.0 42 .548 1 1 1 5 1 0
Totals 7.0 120 .567 2 1 1 9 5 0
Pitching

W: Coffett
HBP: K Byers 2
WP: K Byers
Pitches-Strikes: K Byers 42-23, Coffett 78-45
Groundouts-Flyouts: K Byers 0-1, Coffett 6-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: K Byers 7-10, Coffett 13-20

Records: West Branch 14-4, 8-1; Louisville 14-3, 7-1

 

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