Leopards Clinch 9th Straight NBC Title On Walk-Off – Softball

Louisville 4, Marlington 3

The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team earned a 4-3 walk-off win against the visiting Marlington Dukes Friday Evening at the Diamond of Leopard Head Long Sleeve Blue Shirt - Under Armor - Beatty's Sports Spring 2017Dreams. With the victory, Louisville finishes the season with an overall record of 22-4 and an NBC record of 13-1. The Leopards also clinch their 9th Straight NBC Championship with the win.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kaycee Ollis hit a walk-off double to right field bringing home Lexi Zavarelle from second for the league clinching run. Zavarelle hit her second single of the night to start the last of the seventh. She then advanced to second via a sacrifice bunt by Sydney McKeever and then came home two batters later.


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Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio Ad The Dukes took advantage of a tight strikezone early on in the first inning. Marlington drew three walks to load the bases for Amber Cirone. She cracked a 3-1 pitch to right field bringing home Maddie Meyers and Ellie Smith to make it 2-0 Lady Dukes.

Louisville mirrored the Marlington first inning with a pair of runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame. McKeever was hit by a pitch on the first pitch of her at-bat. After that, she swiped second to put herself into scoring position. Teagan Rice batted next and drove a pitch that pinged against the fence in deep center. McKeever scored and Rice took over her post at second with a double.

Rice advanced to third on an Ollis groundout in the next at-bat. Then with two outs, Savannah Miner singled to left field to plate Rice. Miner would finish 2-for-3 in her final game as a Leopard.

Without an out, the Dukes loaded the bases again in the second inning. However, Marlington managed just a single run when Meyers was hit by a pitch scoring Leah Springer from third. The battery took care of the rest as the catching Ollis snagged a pop out and Pitcher Sarah Cantley struck out the next batter looking.

Louisville answered in the third inning as the speedy McKeever menaced the Marlington defense once again. She reached first on a bunt single and advanced to second base on her 18th steal of the season. The throw to second was offline and the ball went off the shortstop’s mitt into right field. McKeever captured third on the play and then came home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Rice. That tied the game at 3-3.

The pitchers settled in and neither team scored over the course of the next three innings. Cantley pitched the final 6.1 innings, gave up 1 run on 5 hits, and struck out 6 to keep the game knotted for the Leopards. Cantley picked up her team leading 11th win with the victory and finished the season with a 141 strikeouts in the circle.

With the victory, Louisville has now won 15 of their last 16 meetings against Marlington overall. The Leopards now lead the all-time series 32-28, which includes a 17-13 mark at home. Louisville is now 108-4 this decade against the NBC and this is their 7th season with 20 or more wins in the past 8 years.

The Leopards have now won 9 straight NBC Titles, which beats the record of 8 in a row previously held by former league member Akron Springfield. Louisville has now won a conference best 10 NBC crowns overall.

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VARSITY BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 4, DUKES 3

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Marlington 210-000-0–3-6-1

Louisville 201-000-1–4-9-0

MARLINGTON DUKES VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Robinson 3 0 1 0 1 0
Mc Farland 3 0 1 0 0 1
Meyers 3 1 0 1 0 0
Powers 2 0 1 0 1 0
Smith 1 1 0 0 0 1
Hoopes 3 0 0 0 1 1
Cirone 4 0 2 2 0 0
Buck 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chunko 3 0 0 0 0 0
Springer 1 1 0 0 1 0
Gerback 3 0 1 0 0 2
Wenzel
Totals 26 3 6 3 4 5
Batting

2B: Cirone
TB: Robinson, Mc Farland, Powers, Cirone 3, Gerback
RBI: Meyers, Cirone 2
SAC: Springer
FC: Meyers
HBP: Mc Farland, Meyers
SB: Mc Farland

Totals

Team QAB: 14 (42.42%)
Robinson, Mc Farland, Meyers 2, Powers 2, Chunko 2, Cirone 2, Hoopes 2, Springer 2

Team LOB: 9

Fielding

E: Meyers

MARLINGTON DUKES VARSITY PITCHING

Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Powers 5.0 70 .629 6 3 2 0 1 0
Smith 1.1 27 .667 3 1 1 1 1 0
Totals 6.1 97 .639 9 4 3 1 2 0
Pitching

L: Smith
HBP: Powers
Pitches-Strikes: Powers 70-44, Smith 27-18
Groundouts-Flyouts: Powers 7-8, Smith 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Powers 12-23, Smith 3-7

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Sydney McKeever 1 2 1 0 0 0
Teagan Rice 2 1 1 2 1 0
Kaycee Ollis 4 0 1 1 0 0
Alex Fankhauser 2 0 0 0 0 0
Sarah Cantley 1 0 1 0 0 0
Riley Bobo 0 0 0 0 0 0
Savannah Miner 3 0 2 1 0 0
Ellie Jackson 2 0 0 0 1 1
Rylee Squire 3 0 1 0 0 0
Peyton McKeever 3 0 0 0 0 0
Lexi Zavarelle 3 1 2 0 0 0
Morgan Harris
Totals 24 4 9 4 2 1
Batting

2B: Kaycee Ollis, Teagan Rice
TB: Sydney McKeever, Kaycee Ollis 2, Savannah Miner 2, Lexi Zavarelle 2, Teagan Rice 2, Rylee Squire, Sarah Cantley
RBI: Kaycee Ollis, Savannah Miner, Teagan Rice 2
SAC: Sydney McKeever 2
SF: Teagan Rice
HBP: Sydney McKeever
SB: Sydney McKeever 2

Totals

Team QAB: 13 (43.33%)
Ellie Jackson, Sydney McKeever 2, Kaycee Ollis, Savannah Miner 3, Lexi Zavarelle, Teagan Rice 3, Peyton McKeever, Sarah Cantley

Team LOB: 5

 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING

 
Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Morgan Harris 0.2 27 .370 1 2 2 0 3 0
Sarah Cantley 6.1 92 .630 5 1 1 5 1 0
Totals 7.0 119 .571 6 3 3 5 4 0
Pitching

W: Sarah Cantley
HBP: Sarah Cantley 2
Pitches-Strikes: Morgan Harris 27-10, Sarah Cantley 92-58
Groundouts-Flyouts: Morgan Harris 0-1, Sarah Cantley 3-11
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Morgan Harris 1-6, Sarah Cantley 16-27

Records: Louisville 22-4, 13-1; Marlington 22-6, 9-5

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