Zuppe Walk-Off Homer Lifts Louisville Past South Range 2-1 – Baseball

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Beatty's Sports Louisville Leopards Flashy Hat Fall 2016Bryce Zuppe blasted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to lift the Louisville Leopards past the visiting South Range Raiders 2-1 Saturday Afternoon at the Field of Dreams. With the win, Louisville improves to 18-6 on the season.

The game remained scoreless until the sixth inning as both starters were superb. Eddie Budinski pitched 4 scoreless innings, gave up just 2 hits, and struck out 6 for the Leopards. Jake Gehring pitched 6 innings, allowed just 1 run on 4 hits, and struck out 8 for the Raiders.

The one run Gehring did surrender came in the bottom of the sixth inning. South Range broke the ice in the top half of the frame when Mike Cunningham hit a 2-out RBI single to score Brandon Youngs from third. Louisville returned the favor when Caleb Prasco doubled home Dillon Rebuck who had singled in the at-bat before. The Leopards managed to knot the game at 1-1 in the sixth despite two quick outs to start their turn.

A pair of errors put Louisville in a jam in the top of the seventh. The Raiders put two runners on with one out when a rare 5-6-3 groundout was recored. The ball kicked up off of Rebuck at third and was picked up on one bounce by Davis Burick at Shortstop. Burick fired to first where Prasco fully extended to make the play just in time. The next batter popped out to second baseman Dillon English to vanquish the threat.

The Leopards started the seventh inning just like they began the sixth with a pair of quick outs. It certainly felt like it was in the cards to play extra innings, but Zuppe had other ideas. The Junior Right Fielder ripped a 1-0 pitch over the right center field wall and emphatically yelled “LET’S GO” to his teammates in the dugout as he rounded first. He was greeted by a host of Leopards at the plate as the boys in blue flourished in a frenzy of excitement.

The shot was Zuppe’s 3rd of the season and homer number 8 for Louisville as a team this year. It is also the first known walk-off home run by a Leopard since Kyle Smith hit a walk-off winner in 2005. Zuppe finished with 2 of Louisville’s 5 hits in the game.

On the mound, Jordan Shearer earned the victory for the Leopards to remain perfect at 5-0 for the season. Shearer pitched the final three innings in relief giving up 1 unearned run on 2 hits, and striking out 1.

South Range was led on offense by Jared Bajerski who finished with 2 of the team’s 4 hits. The Raiders drop to 10-13 with the loss. 


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VARSITY BASEBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 2, RAIDERS 1

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

South Range 000-001-0–1-4-2

Louisville 000-001-1–2-5-5

SOUTH RANGE RAIDERS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Jared Bajerski402000
Jaxon Anderson400002
Brycen James400001
Ben Rivera400001
Brandon Youngs110000
Jake Gehring201010
Mike Cunningham301102
Josh Steer300001
Kris Scandy300000
Totals2814117
Batting

TB: Jared Bajerski 2, Jake Gehring, Mike Cunningham 
RBI: Mike Cunningham 
ROE: Jared Bajerski, Jaxon Anderson, Ben Rivera 2, Jake Gehring 
HBP: Brandon Youngs 2 
PIK: Jared Bajerski 

Totals

Team QAB: 13 (41.94%) 
Jared Bajerski, Jaxon Anderson 2, Brycen James 2, Ben Rivera 2, Jake Gehring 3, Mike Cunningham, Josh Steer, Kris Scandy 

Team LOB: 9

Fielding

E: Jared Bajerski, Mike Cunningham 

SOUTH RANGE RAIDERS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Jake Gehring6.088.670411820
Brandon Youngs0.212.833111101
Totals6.2100.690522921
Pitching

L: Brandon Youngs 
HBP: Jake Gehring 
Pitches-Strikes: Brandon Youngs 12-10, Jake Gehring 88-59 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Brandon Youngs 0-1, Jake Gehring 5-3 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Brandon Youngs 2-3, Jake Gehring 15-25

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Bryce Zuppe412100
Cam King300001
Davis Burick301001
Cam Lingle100001
Max Hartline100001
Dillon Rebuck311000
Jack Davis200000
Caleb Prasco101100
Dom Mongiardo200001
Dillon English100001
Jackson Kandel200011
Austin Cummings200012
Eddie Budinski
Jordan Shearer
Totals2525229
Batting

2B: Caleb Prasco 
HR: Bryce Zuppe 
TB: Davis Burick, Caleb Prasco 2, Dillon Rebuck, Bryce Zuppe 5 
RBI: Caleb Prasco, Bryce Zuppe 
ROE: Cam King 
FC: Dillon Rebuck 
HBP: Cam Lingle 
CS: Austin Cummings 

Totals

Team QAB: 11 (39.29%) 
Davis Burick 2, Austin Cummings, Jack Davis, Jackson Kandel 2, Cam King, Dom Mongiardo, Caleb Prasco, Dillon Rebuck, Bryce Zuppe 

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: Davis Burick 2, Dom Mongiardo 3 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Eddie Budinski4.054.704200610
Jordan Shearer3.041.707210100
Totals7.095.705410710
Pitching

W: Jordan Shearer 
HBP: Eddie Budinski, Jordan Shearer 
WP: Eddie Budinski, Jordan Shearer 
Pitches-Strikes: Eddie Budinski 54-38, Jordan Shearer 41-29 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Eddie Budinski 0-6, Jordan Shearer 2-4 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Eddie Budinski 15-17, Jordan Shearer 10-14 

Records: Louisville 18-6, South Range 10-13

JV: Louisville 16, South Range 6, 6 Innings

JV BASEBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 16, RAIDERS 6, 6 INNINGS

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Louisville 902-104–16-9-2

South Range 401-001–6-5-2

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL JV BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Austin Pugh331320
Andrew Figler210130
Broc Pickens221321
Jonah Harsh421211
Grayson Beamer513300
Tyler Jackson422100
Logan Vanicek310010
Justin Blyer130001
Carter Rode311112
Christian Marcelli
Hunter Selander
Totals2716914105
Batting

3B: Jonah Harsh 
TB: Grayson Beamer 3, Jonah Harsh 3, Tyler Jackson 2, Broc Pickens, Austin Pugh, Carter Rode 
RBI: Grayson Beamer 3, Andrew Figler, Jonah Harsh 2, Tyler Jackson, Broc Pickens 3, Austin Pugh 3, Carter Rode 
ROE: Andrew Figler, Tyler Jackson 
HBP: Justin Blyer 3, Broc Pickens 
SB: Grayson Beamer, Justin Blyer 2, Andrew Figler, Tyler Jackson 3, Broc Pickens 2, Austin Pugh 2, Carter Rode, Logan Vanicek 

Totals

Team QAB: 24 (58.54%) 
Grayson Beamer 4, Justin Blyer, Andrew Figler 5, Jonah Harsh 2, Broc Pickens 3, Austin Pugh 3, Carter Rode 4, Logan Vanicek 2 

Team LOB: 7

Fielding

E: Logan Vanicek 2 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL JV PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Grayson Beamer5.089.573452630
Christian Marcelli1.022.545111200
Totals6.0111.568563830
Pitching

W: Grayson Beamer 
HBP: Christian Marcelli 2 
Pitches-Strikes: Grayson Beamer 89-51, Christian Marcelli 22-12 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Grayson Beamer 3-6, Christian Marcelli 0-1 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Grayson Beamer 12-24, Christian Marcelli 4-6 

SOUTH RANGE RAIDERS BASEBALL JV BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Dom P210010
Luke B220011
Brady D312200
Mike P300100
MJ L210000
Luke C211100
Nolan S301101
Garret S300003
Gavin B201111
Justin300002
Totals2565638
Batting

2B: Brady D 2 
3B: Nolan S 
TB: Brady D 4, Luke C, Nolan S 3, Gavin B 
RBI: Brady D 2, Mike P, Luke C, Nolan S, Gavin B 
ROE: Luke B, Mike P 
HBP: MJ L, Luke C 
SB: Dom P, MJ L 

Totals

Team QAB: 16 (53.33%) 
Dom P 2, Luke B 3, Brady D 2, Mike P, MJ L, Luke C 2, Nolan S, Garret S, Gavin B 2, Justin 

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: Garret S 2 

SOUTH RANGE RAIDERS BASEBALL JV PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Mike P3.0101.48581110360
Justin2.162.403155240
Garret S0.221.000000000
Totals6.0165.461916155100
Pitching

L: Mike P 
HBP: Mike P, Justin 3 
Pitches-Strikes: Mike P 101-49, Garret S 2-2, Justin 62-25 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Mike P 2-2, Garret S 2-0, Justin 3-2 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Mike P 11-24, Garret S 2-2, Justin 5-15

Records: Louisville 16-3

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