Lady Leopards Shutout 17-0 West Branch to Gain New Life – Softball

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Louisville 3, West Branch 0

The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team reversed their fortune in a 3-0 shutout victory over the visiting West Branch Warriors Wednesday Evening at the Diamond of Dreams. With the victory, the #4 ranked Lady Leopards improve to 16-1 on the season and 7-1 against the NBC.

Beatty's Sports Fall 2016 Louisville Leopards Blue HatJust 9 days earlier, Louisville surrendered double digit runs on 20 hits in a gut-wrenching 10-9 loss at West Branch. The Leopards turned the tables Wednesday on the right arm of Starting Pitcher Sarah Cantley who threw a complete game 5-hit shutout. Cantley struck out 10 Warriors without walking a single one in the process.

The game remained in a scoreless deadlock until the bottom of the sixth inning. Teagan Rice singled to left to start the inning. Then Kaycee Ollis hit a double that planted at the base of the fence to put runners on second and third. West Branch elected to intentionally walk Cantley to load the bases with no outs.

Alex Fankhauser stepped into the box as a pinch hitter, took a called called strike, and then fouled off 3 straight pitches. Fankhauser drove the next pitch through the middle of the infield and into center field on a hard hit grounder. Rice scored from third and Ollis came home from second to give the Lady Leopards a 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Justina Sirohman added to the Louisville cushion with a sacrifice fly to deep right field scoring courtesy runner Ashley Zifer from third to make it 3-0.

The Warriors made things interesting in the top of the seventh as a pair of singles left two on with just one out. But Cantley struck out the next batter looking and the final hitter swinging to end the game.

Louisville out-hit West Branch 7-5 for the contest. Ollis finished 2-for-3 to lead the Leopards and Kelsey Byers also finished 2-for-3 for the Warriors. Byers was also superb in a losing effort in the circle. She pitched all 6 innings, gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, and struck out 10.

With the victory, the Lady Leopards have now defeated West Branch in 26 of their last 29 meetings but have split the season series in each of the past 3 seasons. Louisville leads the all-time series 46-19 which includes a 25-5 mark at home. The Leopards have now defeated the Warriors 18 straight times at home with their last home loss to West Branch coming on March 30, 2000 in a 5-4 defeat. Through their membership in the NBC, Louisville holds a 43-15 mark against the Warriors in conference games.

NOTE: 2002 game locations are not accounted for in our records if anyone has any insight on these please email us at louisvilleleopards.org@gmail.com

JV: Louisville 17, West Branch 14


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VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 3, WARRIORS 0

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

West Branch 000-000-0–0-5-0

Louisville 000-003-X–3-7-0

WEST BRANCH WARRIORS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
J Anderson301000
B Heath300000
K Coffelt300002
K Byer302001
D Rito301000
P Alazous301000
D Blake300002
R Mesler200002
S Morris100001
H Sprague200002
K Erb000000
Totals26050010
Batting

TB: J Anderson, K Byer 2, D Rito, P Alazous 
FC: P Alazous 

Totals

Team QAB: 2 (7.69%) 
K Byer, P Alazous 

Team LOB: 5

WEST BRANCH WARRIORS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
K Byer6.0117.7267331020
Totals6.0117.7267331020
Pitching

L: K Byer 
Pitches-Strikes: K Byer 117-85 
Groundouts-Flyouts: K Byer 4-4 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: K Byer 18-27 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Sydney McKeever300003
Teagan Rice311001
Kaycee Ollis312000
Sarah Cantley201010
Shae Thomas300002
Rylee Squire200001
Alex Fankhauser101200
Ellie Jackson200010
Justina Sirohman201101
Lexi Zavarelle301002
Ashley Zifer010000
Lauren Bennett
Riley Bobo
Totals24373210
Batting

2B: Kaycee Ollis, Justina Sirohman 
TB: Sarah Cantley, Alex Fankhauser, Kaycee Ollis 3, Teagan Rice, Justina Sirohman 2, Lexi Zavarelle 
RBI: Alex Fankhauser 2, Justina Sirohman
SF: Justina Sirohman 
SB: Lexi Zavarelle 

Totals

Team QAB: 15 (55.56%) 
Sarah Cantley 3, Alex Fankhauser, Ellie Jackson, Sydney McKeever, Kaycee Ollis 3, Teagan Rice 2, Justina Sirohman, Shae Thomas 3 

Team LOB: 6

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Sarah Cantley7.088.7615001000
Totals7.088.7615001000
Pitching

W: Sarah Cantley 
Pitches-Strikes: Sarah Cantley 88-67 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Sarah Cantley 3-7 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Sarah Cantley 17-26

Records: Louisville 16-1, 7-1; West Branch 17-1, 9-1

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