Louisville Rallies, Falls in 8th to Cloverleaf – Baseball

Louisville Leopards Baseball Mound Huddle 2021

Cloverleaf 7, Louisville 6, 8 Innings

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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team fell to the Cloverleaf Colts 7-6 in eight innings Monday evening as part of the Constitution Town Early Bird Tournament held at Andy Aljancic Field. With the loss, Louisville is now 1-1 on the season. 


Gotshall Goes 3-for-4 to Lead the Leopards

Catcher Kaedin Gotshall batted 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI single to lead the Leopards. In the top of the seventh, first baseman Ryan Aljancic hit a game-tying solo home run when Louisville was down to their final out to help force extra innings.


Louisville Rallies from 6-3 Deficit

Samantha's Grill AdFacing a 6-3 deficit, the Leopards began their rally with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth. Gotshall doubled to start the frame and was replaced by courtesy runner Anthony Warner. After the next two LHS batters were retired, shortstop Evan Kroah reached on an error scoring Warner from second. Left fielder Connor Adelman followed and also reached on an error scoring Kroah to cut the deficit to 6-5.

Louisville held Cloverleaf off the board in the bottom of the sixth to keep their disadvantage to a single run. Leopards relief pitcher Caleb Miller sent down the Colts in order using just nine pitches.


Aljancic Hits Game-Tying Homer in the 7th

Jenny Can Cleaning AdCloverleaf pitcher Logan Tierney came out of the bullpen and seemed well on his way to picking up the save after retiring the first to Louisville hitters. Down to their final out, Aljancic had other plans as he crushed a 1-1 pitch over the fence in center field. It was the first Leopards dinger of the season and it tied the game at 6-6.

Two pitches later, Gotshall smashed a double to left field to put the go-ahead run into scoring position. However, Tierney got the next batter to fly out to left field to keep the game tied.

Miller continued his dominance on the mound by retiring the side in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. He struck out a pair of batters swinging in the process and got the middle hitter to ground out to second baseman Tyler Jackson.


Leopards Leave Two Stranded in the 8th

Louisville made some noise in the eighth inning, but was unable to bring any runners to the plate. Third baseman Connor Morley singled to start the inning and Kroah advanced him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Zack Seaman came to the plate next and reached on an error by the shortstop. Courtesy runner JT Popick advanced to third on the error and Seaman stole second two pitches later to put both runners in scoring position. However, Tierney got out of the jam with a fly out to second baseman Ashton Newton to preserve the tie heading into the bottom of the eighth.


Cloverleaf Wins on Walk-Off Passed Ball

My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdMiller picked up right where he had left off by retiring his seventh straight Cloverleaf batter with a 4-pitch strikeout of Colts cleanup hitter and left fielder Jermey Cottrell. The wheels fell off after that as first baseman Jason Sitko followed with a single to left field. Then third baseman/shortstop Justin George reached base via an infield error to put runners on second and third. LHS elected to intentionally walk right fielder/third baseman Trent Youngeberg to load the bases and set up the force at home or double play in the field. 

It didn’t matter as three pitches later Sitko scored on a passed ball to give the Colts a 7-6 extra inning victory. Tierney picked up the win for Cloverleaf, while Miller took the loss for Louisville despite a gutsy 2 1/3 inning, 4 strikeout performance in relief.


Louisville Takes the Early Lead

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdThe Leopards took an early 2-0 lead back in the first inning. Center fielder Charlie Roberts and designated hitter Broc Pickens hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with 1 out. Louisville executed a flawless double steal in the next at-bat with Pickens drawing the throw while taking second and Roberts stealing home in the process. Later in the inning, Gotshall singled home Pickens from second to put LHS in front 2-0.

The Leopards extended their advantage to 3-1 in the second inning. Adelman got aboard via an error and then stole second base. Seaman then delivered an RBI single to centerfield scoring Adelman from second.


Cloverleaf Goes Back in Front

The Colts got on the board in the bottom of the first when Cottrell singled in Newton to make it 2-1.

Cloverleaf pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the third to snatch the lead. Catcher Tyler Biskup led off the frame with a double and was singled home by center fielder Max Dieckhoner to cut the deficit to 3-2. Two batters later, Tierney drove in Dieckhoner to tie the game at 3-3. With two outs, the Colts took their first lead when Sitko reached on an error scoring Tierney from second.

Errors plagued the Leopards again in the bottom of the fifth allowing for another pair of Cloverleaf runs. Newton reached base on an error and then later scored via an error to make it 5-3. Tierney was also able to advance to third on the play and then came home via Cottrell’s sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to put CHS in front 6-3.


Starters Pitch Well Despite Combined 12 Errors

Louisville was charged with 7 errors in the field and Cloverleaf also with 5. As a result, only 4 of the 11 runs given up by the two teams’ starters were earned.

Leopards starting pitcher Tony Brahler pitched 5 innings, surrendered 2 earned runs on 5 hits, and struck out 1. Colts starter Drew Shreck pitched 5 1/3 innings, gave up 2 earned runs on 6 hits, and fanned 7. Broady Wittman also pitched two-thirds of an inning in scoreless relief while striking out 1 for CHS.

This was the first known meeting between the two teams in varsity baseball.

Note: Although playing on their home field, Louisville was the away team on the scoreboard as determined by a coin flip prior to the first pitch.

JV: Louisville 6, Cloverleaf 6, 8 Innings

UP NEXT: The Louisville Baseball Team will next host the Conneaut Spartans on Tuesday, March 30 for the second day of the Constitution Town Early Bird Tournament. Fitch pitch is slated for Noon from Andy Aljancic Field.


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VARSITY BASEBALL BOX SCORE

COLTS 7, LEOPARDS 6

Team 123-456-78–R-H-E

Louisville 210-002-10–6-9-7

Cloverleaf 103-020-01–7-6-5

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Zack Seaman501100
Charlie Roberts511000
Broc Pickens411002
Ryan Aljancic411103
Kaedin Gotshall403100
Tyler Jackson300010
Connor Morley401003
Evan Kroah311000
Connor Adelman410001
Anthony Warner010000
JT Popick000000
Tony Brahler
Caleb Miller
Totals3669319
Batting

2B: Kaedin Gotshall 2
HR: Ryan Aljancic
TB: Ryan Aljancic 4, Kaedin Gotshall 5, Evan Kroah, Connor Morley, Broc Pickens, Charlie Roberts, Zack Seaman
RBI: Ryan Aljancic, Kaedin Gotshall, Zack Seaman
SAC: Evan Kroah
ROE: Connor Adelman 2, Tyler Jackson, Evan Kroah, Zack Seaman
GIDP: Connor Adelman
SB: Connor Adelman, Tyler Jackson, Broc Pickens, Charlie Roberts 2, Zack Seaman, Anthony Warner

Totals

Team QAB: 13 (34.21%)
Connor Adelman, Ryan Aljancic 2, Kaedin Gotshall 2, Tyler Jackson, Evan Kroah 2, Connor Morley 3, Zack Seaman 2

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: Connor Adelman 2, Evan Kroah 3, Connor Morley, Charlie Roberts

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Tony Brahler5.069.638562110
Caleb Miller2.129.759110410
Totals7.198.673672520
Pitching

Pitches-Strikes: Tony Brahler 69-44, Caleb Miller 29-22
Groundouts-Flyouts: Tony Brahler 6-6, Caleb Miller 2-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Tony Brahler 15-24, Caleb Miller 6-10

CLOVERLEAF COLTS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Max Dieckhoner411101
Ashton Newton421000
Logan Tierney421101
Jermey Cottrell401201
Jason Sitko411000
Justin George400000
Trent Youngeberg300010
Drew Shreck100001
Broady Wittman200001
Tyler Biskup211010
Kelly Mcmullen
Josh Pierce
Totals3276425
Batting

2B: Tyler Biskup
TB: Jason Sitko, Ashton Newton, Logan Tierney, Jermey Cottrell, Max Dieckhoner, Tyler Biskup 2
RBI: Logan Tierney, Jermey Cottrell 2, Max Dieckhoner
ROE: Jason Sitko 2, Ashton Newton 2, Justin George
FC: Logan Tierney
SB: Logan Tierney, Tyler Biskup
PIK: Tyler Biskup

Totals

Team QAB: 8 (23.53%)
Jason Sitko, Logan Tierney, Justin George, Jermey Cottrell, Max Dieckhoner, Trent Youngeberg, Tyler Biskup 2

Team LOB: 3

Fielding

E: Drew Shreck, Justin George 3, Max Dieckhoner
DP: Jason Sitko, Ashton Newton, Logan Tierney

CLOVERLEAF COLTS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Drew Shreck5.197.598652700
Broady Wittman0.210.600000110
Logan Tierney2.029.759311101
Kelly Mcmullen0.00.000000000
Totals8.0136.632963911
Pitching

Pitches-Strikes: Drew Shreck 97-58, Logan Tierney 29-22, Kelly Mcmullen 0-0, Broady Wittman 10-6
Groundouts-Flyouts: Drew Shreck 6-2, Logan Tierney 2-3, Kelly Mcmullen 0-0, Broady Wittman 1-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Drew Shreck 14-26, Logan Tierney 8-10, Kelly Mcmullen 0-0, Broady Wittman 1-3

Records: Louisville 1-1

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