Louisville Splits Doubleheader With Chardon – Baseball
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team hosted the Chardon Hilltoppers for a twin bill Saturday Afternoon at Andy Aljancic Field. Louisville rallied to defeat Chardon 7-4 in game one. The Hilltoppers doubled up the Leopards in game two 4-2. Following the doubleheader split, Louisville is now 7-5 on the season.
Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score
Game 1: Louisville 7, Chardon 4
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The Leopards rallied with six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the visiting Hilltoppers 7-4 in the opening game of their double header.
Leopards Rally with Six in the Sixth
Louisville loaded the bases with just one out to start the bottom of the sixth. Senior third baseman Caleb Miller singled to right field bringing home junior second baseman Connor Morley from third to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. Two pitches later, junior center fielder Charlie Roberts singled to left field bringing home junior designated hitter Karson Siegfried to trim the Chardon lead to a single run.
Two pitches after that, senior left fielder Connor Adelman ripped a base-clearing line drive three-run double to left field to put the Leopards ahead 6-4. Sophomore pitcher/first baseman Cole Miller, Caleb Miller, and Roberts all scored on the play to put Louisville back in front.
The Leopards tacked on to their total when senior shortstop JT Popick flied out to left field bringing home Adelman to put Louisville up 7-4. The Leopards completely flipped the script on the Hilltoppers as they trailed by three runs coming into the inning and walked out of the frame up by three runs.
Warner Closes Out Chardon
Chardon threatened with two runners on and no one out in the top of the seventh inning. However, senior pitcher Anthony Warner struck out the next two Hilltopper batters and got the third to line out to Cole Miller at first base to end the contest.
Starting pitcher Cole Miller worked 5 2/3 innings, gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, and struck out 3. Junior pitcher Kyle Vesely came on to work the final out of the sixth inning and consequently earned the win on the hill as a result. Warner secured the save after finishing off Chardon in the scoreless seventh.
Hilltoppers Answer Early Deficit
Louisville scored another run earlier in the bottom of the first. Popick led off the inning with a single, stole second and third base, and then scored on a wild pitch to put the Leopards in front 1-0.
The Hilltoppers answered back with four runs in the top of the third inning. Sophomore second baseman Will Francis and junior catcher Heath Fetchik were each hit by pitches with the bases loaded to bring in Chardon’s first two runs in sophomore right fielder Andrew Bruce and junior shortstop Hunter Greco. Junior designated hitter Jake Barker grounded into a fielder’s choice in the next at bat, but earned an RBI as Francis scored from third . An error on the play also allowed Bruce to score on the play to up the Hilltopper advantage to 4-1.
Junior pitcher Nolan Kirsh finished with 3 of the team’s 6 hits to lead Chardon at the plate. He also worked 5 innings, gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, and struck out 5 in a non-decision effort.
Game 2: Chardon 4, Louisville 2
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Louisville was doubled up by visiting Chardon 4-2 in the second game of their double header Saturday Afternoon.
Popick Delivers in the 7th to Breakup Shutout
The Hilltoppers built a 4-0 advantage before the Leopards were able to push a pair of runs across the board in the last of the seventh inning. The first two Louisville batters each recorded outs to start the inning and a shutout seemed in order. However, the next three Leopards each got aboard to load the bases.
Senior shortstop JT Popick followed with a two-out, two-run single that brought home junior center fielder Charlie Roberts to break up the shutout and also senior left fielder Connor Adelman to chop the Louisville deficit in half. The Leopards were not able to get any closer though and the game ended with Chardon prevailing 4-2.
Sophomore first baseman Cole Miller, Popick, and junior right fielder Kyle Vesely all recorded two hits a piece for Louisville. The Leopards out-hit the Hilltoppers 8-5 for the game despite the final outcome.
Colombi and Fatur Lead Chardon
Chardon was led by sophomore left fielder Leo Colombi who went 2-for-3 with a two-run double in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Junior starting pitcher Brandon Fatur pitched a complete game, gave up 2 runs on 8 hits, and struck out 6 to earn the victory for the Hilltoppers.
UP NEXT: The Louisville Baseball Team will next host the Northwest Indians on Tuesday, April 19 at 5:00 PM.
Cover Photo By The Louisville Herald
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Chardon at Louisville Baseball Box Score Game 1
LEOPARDS 7, HILLTOPPERS 4
Chardon at Louisville Baseball Box Score Game 2
HILLTOPPERS 4, LEOPARDS 2
Records: Louisville 7-5