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 Evening. 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 2-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.
VARSITY BOX SCORE
WARRIORS 7, LEOPARDS 1
West Branch 202-120-X–7-8-0
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING
WEST BRANCH WARRIORS VARSITY BATTING
WEST BRANCH WARRIORS VARSITY PITCHING
Records: West Branch 14-4, 8-1; Louisville 14-3, 7-1