Louisville Shuts Down West Branch – Softball

Louisville 6, West Branch 0

The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball team blanked the visiting West Branch Warriors 6-0 Thursday Evening on the Diamond of Beatty's Louisville Leopards Grey Sweatshirt Jacket 2017Dreams. With the victory, Louisville improves to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the NBC.

The pitching duo of Sarah Cantley and Morgan Harris baffled the West Branch hitters during the combined shutout. Cantley started the contest, pitched the first 4 innings, gave up 4 hits, and struck out 8. Harris finished off the Warriors, earning her second victory of the season. In 3 innings of relief, she allowed just 2 hits and struck out 3.

The Leopards offense was led by Sydney McKeever who finished 3-for-4 at the plate and Kaycee Ollis who batted 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBIs. Alex Fankhauser and Teagan Rice also finished with 2 hits a piece.


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The turning point in the game came in the top of the fourth inning. Kelsey Byers began the inning with a single to left field and a pair of Louisville errors allowed West Branch to load the bases with nobody out. Unfazed by her predicament, Cantley struck out the next 3 batters in a row to halt the Warriors best scoring threat of the night.

While the Leopards pitching kept the West Branch bats at bay, the Louisville offense struggled through the first four frames. The Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio Adfloodgates were lifted in the fifth as the Leopards exploded for 5 runs.

Savannah Miner wasted no time in sending the first pitch of the inning over the left-center field fence to give Louisville the 1-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Rice and Sydney McKeever were manufactured into RBI singles for Ollis and Fankauser. Two batters later, Rylee Squire drove in Ollis and then Ellie Jackson singled in Fankahuser to make it 5-0 Leopards.

The Warriors put a pair of runners on with only 1 out in the sixth inning. However, a Rice to Peyton McKeever to Squire 4-6-3 double play sent the Louisville fielders celebrating into the dugout. 

West Branch made one last push in the seventh inning. They loaded the bases with 2 outs looking to get on the board. But the goose egg became permanent when Harris fanned the Warriors final batter looking.

The previously unbeaten Warriors (4-1, 1-1) were averaging 11 runs per game coming into the contest in outscoring their first four opponents 44-12. West Branch was held to just 6 hits in 30 at-bats Thursday. The Warriors were led by Kelsey Byers who batted 2-for-4 and Grace Heath who went 2-for-4 with a double.

With the victory, Louisville has now defeated West Branch in 25 of their past 26 meetings overall. The Lady Leopards now lead the all-time series 45-16 and have shutout the Warriors 8 times overall. The last shutout was also a 6-0 Louisville victory on April 24, 2014 at West Branch.

JV: Louisville 19, West Branch 2, 5 Innings

UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next travel to Jackson to take on the Polar Bears on Saturday, April 1 starting at Noon. 

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VARSITY BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 6, WARRIORS 0

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

West Branch 000-000-0–0-6-0

Louisville 000-051-X–6-11-4

WEST BRANCH WARRIORS VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
B Byers 3 0 1 0 1 1
Heath 4 0 2 0 0 0
Pidgeon 4 0 0 0 0 4
K Byers 4 0 2 0 0 0
Coffett 4 0 0 0 0 1
Rito 2 0 0 0 1 0
Weber 3 0 1 0 0 2
Sprague 2 0 0 0 0 2
Vernon 1 0 0 0 0 0
Alazaus 3 0 0 0 0 1
Rockwell
Totals 30 0 6 0 2 11
Batting

2B: B Byers, Heath
TB: B Byers 2, Heath 3, K Byers 2, Weber
ROE: Heath 2, Coffett, Rito
FC: Vernon
GIDP: Vernon

Totals

Team QAB: 11 (34.38%)
B Byers 2, Heath 2, Pidgeon, K Byers 3, Rito 2, Weber

Team LOB: 11

WEST BRANCH WARRIORS VARSITY PITCHING

Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Coffett 4.0 76 .684 5 2 2 6 1 1
K Byers 2.0 40 .750 6 4 4 1 0 0
Totals 6.0 116 .707 11 6 6 7 1 1
Pitching

L: Coffett
HBP: Coffett
Pitches-Strikes: K Byers 40-30, Coffett 76-52
Groundouts-Flyouts: K Byers 5-0, Coffett 3-3
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: K Byers 10-12, Coffett 16-19

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING

Lineup AB R H RBI BB K
Teagan Rice 4 2 2 0 0 0
Sydney McKeever 4 1 3 0 0 1
Kaycee Ollis 3 1 2 2 0 0
Alex Fankhauser 4 1 2 1 0 1
Ashley Zifer 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sarah Cantley 1 0 0 0 1 0
Kirsten Wharmby 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rylee Squire 3 0 0 1 0 2
Ellie Jackson 3 0 1 1 0 2
Justina Sirohman 3 0 0 0 0 1
Savannah Miner 3 1 1 1 0 0
Morgan Harris 0 0 0 0 0 0
Peyton McKeever
Totals 28 6 11 6 1 7
Batting

2B: Kaycee Ollis, Teagan Rice
HR: Savannah Miner
TB: Ellie Jackson, Sydney McKeever 3, Kaycee Ollis 3, Savannah Miner 4, Teagan Rice 3, Alex Fankhauser 2
RBI: Ellie Jackson, Kaycee Ollis 2, Savannah Miner, Alex Fankhauser, Rylee Squire
SAC: Kirsten Wharmby
HBP: Kaycee Ollis

Totals

Team QAB: 13 (41.94%)
Ellie Jackson, Kirsten Wharmby, Sydney McKeever, Kaycee Ollis 2, Savannah Miner, Teagan Rice 2, Alex Fankhauser 3, Rylee Squire, Sarah Cantley

Team LOB: 7

Fielding

E: Savannah Miner, Teagan Rice, Sarah Cantley
DP: Teagan Rice

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING

Pitching IP #P S% H R ER K BB HR
Sarah Cantley 4.0 64 .875 4 0 0 8 0 0
Morgan Harris 3.0 48 .604 2 0 0 3 2 0
Totals 7.0 112 .759 6 0 0 11 2 0
Pitching

W: Morgan Harris (2-0)
Pitches-Strikes: Morgan Harris 48-29, Sarah Cantley 64-56
Groundouts-Flyouts: Morgan Harris 1-2, Sarah Cantley 1-4
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Morgan Harris 9-14, Sarah Cantley 16-18

Records: Louisville 2-0, 2-0; West Branch 4-1, 1-1

 

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