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Lady Leopards Win 25-0, Head to Districts – Softball

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Louisville 25, Akron Ellet 0, 5 Innings

The #2 Seed Louisville Leopards Softball Team earned a record setting 25-0 victory over the visiting #7 Seed Akron Ellet Orangemen in five innings Wednesday Evening at the Diamond of Dreams. With the victory, Louisville improves to 21-4 on the season and advances to take on the #3 Seed Perry Panthers in the District Semifinals on Monday, May 13 at 5:00 PM.

Sarah Cantley became the first pitcher in Louisville history to throw a no-hitter in a tournament game. She pitched all five innings, allowed just two baserunners, and struck out 10 en rout to the sixth no-no of her varsity career. Cantley is now 14-3 on the season and she has totaled double digit strikeouts in 8 games.


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Cantley received plenty of run support as the Lady Leopards tied the school’s tournament record for runs scored with 25. Louisville scored 5 runs before a single out was recorded and put up double digits in the first inning alone. The 10 runs scored by the Leopards in the opening frame ties the known record for runs scored in a tournament inning. Louisville also scored 10 runs in the third inning of a 25-3 home Sectional Final victory over the Green Bulldogs in 2013

The Leopards homered 6 times as a team, which is now the new school record for any single game. Kaycee Ollis and Shae Thomas both hit a pair of 2-run dingers during the contest. Kaylee Nolte and Alex Fankhauser also hit back-to-back solo shots to lead-off a 9-run third.

Thomas’ second home run came two batters after Fankhauser. That fence-clearing blast tied the team record for 3 home runs hit in the same inning, a feat previously accomplished twice in Louisville Softball history. LHS has now hit 31 total home runs as a team in 25 games and is just two off the mark for the school record of 33 homers hit back in 2015 (in 28 games). 

All-in-all 9 different Lady Leopards recorded hits in the game, 10 scored, and 7 different hitters drove in runs. Ollis went 4-for-5 while driving in 6 runs and scoring 5 times. Teagan Rice finished a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, 3 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. Fankhauser and Nolte also drove 3 runs and scored 3 times each. Justina Sirohman and Lauren Stillwagon also notched RBI singles

Louisville pounded out 22 hits in their dominate performance at the plate and nine different batters registered a multi-hit game. Sydney McKeever singled twice at the top of the lineup and Lexi Zavarelle also finished with a pair of hits at the end of the lineup. Fankhauser, Sirohman, and Thomas also had two hits and Nolte finished 3-for-3.

With the victory, Louisville now sits above .500 in tournament play all-time with a record of 35-34 in the postseason. This includes a 16-13 record since returning to Division I in 2006. The Leopards and Orangemen have never played prior to Wednesday’s Sectional Final.

Records fell and history was made Wednesday when the Lady Leopards played their final home game of the season. For seven of those players, it was the final time they would ever play on the Diamond of Dreams. They certainly left their legacy all the way through the final out.

UP NEXT: The Louisville Leopards Softball Team will next take on the #3 Seed Perry Panthers in the DI District Semifinals on Monday, May 13. Game time is set for 5:00 PM from the Eagles #180 Sports Complex on the campus of Massillon Washington High School.

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VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 25, ORANGMEN 0, 5 INNINGS

Team 123-45–R-H-E

Ellet 000-00–0-0-4

Louisville (10)39-3X–25-22-1

AKRON ELLET ORANGEMEN SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
McLeod200000
Cook100001
Murray200001
Hayes200001
Givens200001
Golden200002
Rose200002
Bragg200001
Brown100001
Wolf
Totals16000010
Batting

ROE: Hayes 
HBP: Cook 

Totals

Team QAB: 1 (5.88%) 
Givens 

Team LOB: 2

Fielding

E: McLeod, Cook, Hayes, Rose 

AKRON ELLET ORANGEMEN SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Wolf1.062.532101010232
Givens3.093.52712158244
Totals4.0155.529222518476
Pitching

L: Wolf 
WP: Givens, Wolf 2 
Pitches-Strikes: Givens 93-49, Wolf 62-33 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Givens 4-2, Wolf 0-1 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Givens 14-28, Wolf 12-16 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Sydney McKeever522002
Teagan Rice444310
Kaycee Ollis554600
Sarah Cantley210031
Kaylee Nolte333310
Katie Porter100000
Alex Fankhauser332310
Lauren Stillwagon101100
Justina Sirohman412101
Ashley Zifer020010
Shae Thomas422400
#11100000
Lexi Zavarelle422000
Lauren Bennett
Totals3725222174
Batting

2B: Alex Fankhauser, Kaycee Ollis, Teagan Rice 
HR: Alex Fankhauser, Kaylee Nolte, Kaycee Ollis 2, Shae Thomas 2 
TB: Alex Fankhauser 6, Sydney McKeever 2, Kaylee Nolte 6, Kaycee Ollis 11, Teagan Rice 5, Justina Sirohman 2, Lauren Stillwagon, Shae Thomas 8, Lexi Zavarelle 2 
RBI: Alex Fankhauser 3, Kaylee Nolte 3, Kaycee Ollis 6, Teagan Rice 3, Justina Sirohman, Lauren Stillwagon, Shae Thomas 4 
ROE: Alex Fankhauser, Kaycee Ollis, Katie Porter 
FC: Sarah Cantley 
SB: Sydney McKeever, Lexi Zavarelle, Ashley Zifer 

Totals

Team QAB: 25 (56.82%) 
Sarah Cantley 3, Alex Fankhauser 3, Sydney McKeever 2, Kaylee Nolte 2, Kaycee Ollis 4, Teagan Rice 3, Justina Sirohman 3, Shae Thomas 2, Lexi Zavarelle 2, Ashley Zifer 

Team LOB: 7

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Sarah Cantley5.058.7590001000
Totals5.058.7590001000
Pitching

W: Sarah Cantley 
HBP: Sarah Cantley 
Pitches-Strikes: Sarah Cantley 58-44 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Sarah Cantley 3-1 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Sarah Cantley 15-17 

Records: Louisville 21-4

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