Lady Leopards Overcome Early Deficit for Senior Day Win Over Lions
Louisville 7, Minerva 2
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team defeated the visiting Minerva Lions 7-2 on Senior Day Saturday. With the victory, Louisville improves their record to 21-3 overall and 12-1 in NBC play.
For the second time this week, Louisville overcome an early 2-0 deficit in a conference game. Minerva jumped on the board first when Maddie Phillips blasted a 2-run homer over the left field fence in the opening inning.
The Leopards answered back with a pair of 3-run innings in the third and fourth frames. With two outs, Kaycee Ollis ripped a 3-run homer over the right field fence to put Louisville ahead 3-2. Both Peyton McKeever and Sydney McKeever, who each singled earlier in the inning, came home on the dinger. The home run was the 7th of the season for Ollis and 18th for the Lady Leopards as a team.
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Louisville used small ball to add to their lead in the fourth inning. Rylee Squire singled to left field to start the inning and that was the only time the ball left the infield. After two outs, Sydney McKeever reached base on error and Teagan Rice drew a 4-pitch walk. With the bases loaded, Ollis singled home Peyton McKeever on a hard hit ground ball to the pitcher. Next, Sarah Cantley worked the count full before drawing a walk to score Sydney McKeever from third. Finally, Savannah Miner singled to the shortstop at the edge of the infield scoring Rice to make it 6-2.
Rice finished 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored. She also came home in the bottom of the sixth when Cantley doubled to left field. Cantley and Ollis both went 2-for-3 at the dish and Miner went 3-for-4. Louisville out-hit Minerva 13-5 for the game.
Starter Kirsten Wharmby pitched 3 innings, gave up 2 runs on 4 hits, and struck out 5 in a winning effort. Wharmby is now 5-0 on the season. Morgan Harris finished out the final 4 innings, gave up 0 runs on just 1 hit, and struck out 6 to earn her first Varsity save.
MORE TO COME…
UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next take on the Lake Blue Streaks in the DI Massillon District Semifinals on Tuesday, May 19. First pitch is set for 5:00 PM at the Eagles #190 Sports Complex on the campus of Massillon Washington High School.
Cover Photo Taken By Frank Clapper of The Louisville Herald
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VARSITY BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS 7, LIONS 2
MINERVA LIONS VARSITY BATTING
MINERVA LIONS VARSITY PITCHING
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING
Records: Louisville 21-3, 12-1; Minerva 11-9, 6-8