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 Beatty's Sports Blue Shirt Under Armour Spring 2017Dreams. 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 Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio AdSaturday. 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.

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VARSITY BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 17, LIONS 7, 6 INNINGS

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Minerva 001-420–7-6-3

Louisville 080-432–17-15-2

MINERVA LIONS VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Connor Wright 3 0 0 1 0 1
Jack Hanley 3 1 1 0 0 0
Brock Croston 2 2 1 1 1 1
Danny Common 3 1 1 1 0 1
Dakota Romano 2 1 0 0 0 0
Shane Walters 3 0 0 0 0 0
Dominic Slentz 2 2 1 0 0 1
Evan Hertel 2 0 1 0 0 1
Cole Maley 1 0 0 0 0 1
Jacob Stewart 3 0 1 3 0 1
Alex Kimble
Totals 24 7 6 6 1 7
Batting

2B: Jack Hanley, Jacob Stewart
TB: Jack Hanley 2, Dominic Slentz, Evan Hertel, Danny Common, Brock Croston, Jacob Stewart 2
RBI: Connor Wright, Danny Common, Brock Croston, Jacob Stewart 3
FC: Jacob Stewart
HBP: Dominic Slentz, Dakota Romano
SB: Brock Croston, Jacob Stewart

Totals

Team QAB: 11 (40.74%)
Jack Hanley, Dominic Slentz 2, Connor Wright 2, Danny Common, Brock Croston 2, Shane Walters, Jacob Stewart 2

Team LOB: 2

Fielding

E: Alex Kimble, Connor Wright, Danny Common
DP: Jack Hanley, Dominic Slentz, Danny Common, Shane Walters

MINERVA LIONS VARSITY PITCHING

Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Dominic Slentz 1.1 40 .550 6 7 7 0 1 0
Connor Wright 3.2 94 .660 7 8 8 3 2 0
Dakota Romano 0.2 25 .480 2 2 0 0 2 0
Totals 5.2 159 .604 15 17 15 3 5 0
Pitching

L: Dominic Slentz
HBP: Dominic Slentz, Connor Wright 2
WP: Connor Wright 2
Pitches-Strikes: Dominic Slentz 40-22, Connor Wright 94-62, Dakota Romano 25-12
Groundouts-Flyouts: Dominic Slentz 0-3, Connor Wright 5-2, Dakota Romano 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Dominic Slentz 4-11, Connor Wright 13-21, Dakota Romano 2-7

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Tyler Adams 2 2 0 0 1 0
Bryce Zuppe 2 3 1 3 3 0
Casey Nau 4 2 2 2 0 1
Brody Hahn 4 2 4 3 0 0
Corey White 4 2 2 2 0 1
Davis Burick 4 1 2 3 0 0
Cam King 4 1 2 1 0 0
Cameron Prasco 0 1 0 0 0 0
Brendan Hoffman 4 1 1 0 0 0
Max Hartline 0 1 0 0 0 0
Nate Mongiardo 2 1 1 0 0 1
Zack Yadrnak 0 0 0 0 1 0
Carson Davis
Totals 30 17 15 14 5 3
Batting

2B: Corey White, Brendan Hoffman, Davis Burick 2
TB: Brody Hahn 4, Casey Nau 2, Corey White 3, Brendan Hoffman 2, Davis Burick 4, Cam King 2, Bryce Zuppe, Nate Mongiardo
RBI: Brody Hahn 3, Casey Nau 2, Corey White 2, Davis Burick 3, Cam King, Bryce Zuppe 3
SAC: Nate Mongiardo
ROE: Brendan Hoffman
HBP: Tyler Adams 2, Casey Nau
GIDP: Cam King
SB: Tyler Adams, Brody Hahn, Casey Nau, Bryce Zuppe
CS: Tyler Adams

Totals

Team QAB: 27 (69.23%)
Tyler Adams 2, Brody Hahn 4, Casey Nau 2, Corey White 4, Brendan Hoffman, Zack Yadrnak, Davis Burick 3, Cam King 3, Bryce Zuppe 4, Nate Mongiardo 3

Team LOB: 2

Fielding

E: Brody Hahn, Cam King

 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING

Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Carson Davis 6.0 96 .635 6 7 6 7 1 0
Totals 6.0 96 .635 6 7 6 7 1 0
Pitching

W: Carson Davis
HBP: Carson Davis 2
WP: Carson Davis
Pitches-Strikes: Carson Davis 96-61
Groundouts-Flyouts: Carson Davis 8-2
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Carson Davis 18-27

Records: Louisville 20-7, 10-3; Minerva 16-8, 10-4

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