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Leopards Rally, Walk-Off Vs. Dover in Opener – Baseball

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Louisville 2, Dover 1

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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team rallied with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to stun the visiting Dover Tornadoes 2-1 in their season opener Saturday Afternoon at Andy Aljancic Field.


Morley and Seaman Deliver in the 7th

Connor Morley singled in Kaedin Gotshall with 2 outs in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at 1-1. Two batters later, Zack Seaman hit a walk-off line drive single off the glove of the leaping Dover third baseman scoring JT Popick from third base to hand the Leopards an opening day victory. After Popick crossed home plate, the bench erupted onto the field mobbing Seaman on the right side of the infield in a helmet-flying, water-bottle spraying frenzy.


Jackson Fans 8 in Five Shutout Innings

My Fit Life Personal Trainer AdEarlier Louisville senior starting pitcher Tyler Jackson found himself in a pitcher’s duel with Dover’s Brennan McCune. Jackson pitched five shutout innings giving up only 3 hits and striking out 8 Dover batters. The Tornadoes threatened with a pair of base runners in each of the first three innings, but Jackson got out of the jam each time as Dover stranded 6 on the base paths. He would go on to retire the final 8 batters he faced consecutively before giving way to Morley in relief.


Dover Takes the Lead in the Sixth

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdAyden Hall and Connor McGarry both hit 1-out ground ball singles to left field. They then advanced to second and third on an error. On the next pitch, Nolan Kellicker grounded into a fielder’s choice allowing Hall to score from third. A pop out to first baseman Ryan Aljancic at first base ended the frame after that.

The Leopards also threatened in the bottom of the sixth inning. Morley walked and Connor Adelman bunted aboard to setup Louisville with runners on first and second with no outs. However, the Leopard runners would advance no further as McCune retired the next three LHS batters.


Leopards Rally in the 7th

Samantha's Grill AdWhen setup with a similar scenario to begin the bottom of the seventh, Louisville made the most of it. Aljancic singled to start the rally, but was thrown out at second when Gotshall bunted into a fielder’s choice. Popick followed with a single to put Gotshall into scoring position. 

After a pop out in the next at-bat, the Leopards were down to their final out. Then Morley blasted a fly ball to left field that dropped in front of the Tornadoes left fielder and allowed Gotshall to sprint home from second base. 

Adelman followed and walked the bases loaded on just five pitches. Then Seaman delivered on the next pitch plating Popick, the game winning run, from third.


Popick Breaks Up No-Hitter in 5th

Jenny Can Cleaning AdFour of Louisville’s five hits came in the final frame. McCune was tossing a no-hitter for the Tornadoes before Popick smashed a 2-out line drive double to left in the bottom of the fifth. Popick would lead all Leopard batters by finishing 2-for-3 at the dish.

Brandon Shepler was the only Dover player to have a multi-hit game by going 2-for-4 in his lead-off position.

McCune picked up a tough loss after allowing just one hit and striking out 8 through his first 6 innings of work. Morley pitched the final two innings for Louisville and picked up the victory. He allowed an unearned run on 3 hits and struck out one in the process.

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JV:Louisville 10, Dover 5

UP NEXT: The Louisville Baseball Team will next host the Cloverleaf Colts on Monday, March 29 to open up the Constitution Town Early-Bird Tournament. First pitch is slated for 5:00 PM from Andy Aljancic Field.


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VARSITY BASEBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 2, TORNADOES 1

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Dover 000-001-0–1-6-1

Louisville 000-000-2–2-5-2

DOVER TORNADOES BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Brandon Shepler402002
Mason Stoldt401000
Brennan McCune200010
Ayden Hall311001
Connor McGarry301001
Nolan Kellicker300102
Matt Dummermuth301001
Tyler Little200011
Evan Klar300001
Totals2716129
Batting

TB: Brandon Shepler 2, Mason Stoldt, Ayden Hall, Connor McGarry, Matt Dummermuth
RBI: Nolan Kellicker
ROE: Brennan McCune
FC: Mason Stoldt, Nolan Kellicker
GIDP: Ayden Hall

Totals

Team QAB: 14 (48.28%)
Brandon Shepler 2, Mason Stoldt 2, Brennan McCune 2, Ayden Hall 2, Connor McGarry 2, Nolan Kellicker, Matt Dummermuth, Tyler Little 2

Team LOB: 7

Fielding

E: Matt Dummermuth

DOVER TORNADOES BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Brennan McCune6.2102.725522830
Totals6.2102.725522830
Pitching

L: Brennan McCune (0-1)
Pitches-Strikes: Brennan McCune 102-74
Groundouts-Flyouts: Brennan McCune 4-5
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Brennan McCune 25-28

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Zack Seaman401100
Charlie Roberts300003
Broc Pickens300000
Ryan Aljancic301002
Anthony Warner000000
Kaedin Gotshall310001
JT Popick312000
Tyler Jackson300001
Connor Morley101120
Connor Adelman200011
Caleb Miller
Totals2525238
Batting

2B: JT Popick
TB: Ryan Aljancic, Connor Morley, JT Popick 3, Zack Seaman
RBI: Connor Morley, Zack Seaman
ROE: Connor Adelman
FC: Kaedin Gotshall, Broc Pickens
CS: Connor Morley

Totals

Team QAB: 13 (46.43%)
Connor Adelman, Ryan Aljancic, Tyler Jackson, Connor Morley 2, Broc Pickens 3, JT Popick 2, Zack Seaman 3

Team LOB: 3

Fielding

E: Connor Adelman, Caleb Miller
DP: Ryan Aljancic, JT Popick

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BASEBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Tyler Jackson5.075.653300820
Connor Morley2.026.654310100
Totals7.0101.653610920
Pitching

W: Connor Morley (1-0)
WP: Tyler Jackson
Pitches-Strikes: Tyler Jackson 75-49, Connor Morley 26-17
Groundouts-Flyouts: Tyler Jackson 3-3, Connor Morley 0-3
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Tyler Jackson 11-20, Connor Morley 5-9

Records: Louisville 1-0, Dover 0-1

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