Leopards Mercy Minerva to Climb Back Into 1st – Baseball
Louisville 17, Minerva 7, 6 Innings
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team defeated the visiting Minerva Lions 17-7 in 6 Innings Tuesday Evening at the Field of Dreams. With their 11th consecutive regular season victory, Louisville improves to 20-7 overall and moves into a first place tie with West Branch in the NBC Standings with a conference record of 10-3.
Brody Hahn batted 4-for-4 with a rare 3-run single and 2 runs scored to lead the Leopards offensive explosion. Davis Burick also ripped 2 doubles to drive in 3 runs and Bryce Zuppe scored 3 runs to go along with 3 RBIs.
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Louisville blew the game open with an 8-run second inning just one game after they put together a 7-run inning at Salem on Saturday. Minerva cut the lead to 8-5 over the next two innings, but the Leopard offense kept the train rolling with 9 more runs over the final three innings.
Eight different Louisville batters pounded out 15 hits as a team. Casey Nau and Corey White each had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs. Cam King also had a pair of singles and an RBI for the Leopards.
On the mound, Carson Davis earned his team-leading fifth win of the season. Davis (5-2) pitched a complete game throwing 6 innings and striking out 7.
Jacob Stewart hit a 3-run double as part of the Lions 4-run fourth inning. Danny Common, Brock Croston, and Connor Wright all recorded RBIs for Minerva as well. The Lions finish their season 16-8 overall and 10-4 in the NBC. Their only chance at an NBC Title is a 3-way tie if Alliance beats both Louisville and West Branch in back-to-back days.
Battling all the way back from a rough start to the season, the Leopards now control their fate. If they defeat the Aviators at Craven Field Wednesday they will clinch at least a share of their sixth NBC Title and first since 2011. A win tomorrow at Alliance coupled with a West Branch loss at Alliance on Thursday would give Louisville the league championship outright.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will conclude their season at Alliance against the Aviators on Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 PM. A victory will give Louisville their first Baseball NBC Title since 2011.
VARSITY BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS 17, LIONS 7, 6 INNINGS
MINERVA LIONS VARSITY BATTING
MINERVA LIONS VARSITY PITCHING
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING
Records: Louisville 20-7, 10-3; Minerva 16-8, 10-4