Tornadoes Blow Past Leopards 7-1 in Opener – Softball

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Dover 7, Louisville 1

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My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdThe Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team fell to the visiting Dover Tornadoes 7-1 in their season opener Saturday Afternoon at West Main Vet Clinic Field.

Batting lead-off, freshman shortstop Matti Benson batted 2-for-4 and stole a pair of bases to lead the Leopards offense. 


Leopards Get on the Board in the Sixth

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdTrailing 4-0, Louisville was poised to rally in the bottom of the sixth. Senior centerfielder Kaylee Nolte led off with a single to center and then recorded her second steal of the game in advancing to second base. She then advanced to third base via a sacrifice bunt by Kenzi Denzer. Lauren Stillwagon bunted to the pitcher on the next pitch, the Dover catcher failed to come up with the throw home, and Nolte slid across the plate safely.

Samantha's Grill AdBrooke Brendle reached on an error a few pitches later to put Leopards on first and second with just one out. However, an inning ending double play would cut Louisville’s rally well short. Dover shortstop Luneburg fielded the ball, tagged the runner advancing to third, and then threw to first for the 6-3 twin killer. LHS would strand 6 runners on the base paths for the game.


Durant Bats 4-for-4 to Lead Dover

Jenny Can Cleaning AdThe Tornadoes were led by Durant who finished 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Garren, Martin, and Taicelet also finished 2-for-4 each as Dover pounded out 12 hits for the game.

Seven different Tornadoes crossed the plate during the contest. Garren knocked home two runs, while Argento, Devault, and Locke recorded an RBI each.

Devault pitched a complete game to earn the victory in the circle. She gave up 1 run on 6 hits and struck out 7 in the process.


Tornadoes 1st Win Over the Leopards Since 2009

The loss snaps Louisville’s three-game winning streak against Dover dating back to 2017. The Leopards shutout the Tornadoes 8-0 in 2017 and 3-0 in 2018 before run-ruling them 16-6 in 2019. 

The all-time series between the two teams is now tied 9-9.

UP NEXT: The Louisville Leopards Softball Team will next host the Massillon Tigers on Monday, March 29. 


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VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE

TORNADOES 7, LEOPARDS 1

Team 123-45–R-H-E

Dover 130-000-3–7-12-1

Louisville 000-001-0–1-6-1

DOVER TORNADOES SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Luneburg411000
Taicelet412000
Martin412000
Durant414100
Devault411100
Locke300110
Garren412200
Adkins310010
Argento200100
– #22200000
Totals34712620
Batting

2B: Durant
TB: Luneburg, Taicelet 2, Martin 2, Durant 5, Devault, Garren 2
RBI: Durant, Devault, Locke, Garren 2, Argento
ROE: Adkins
FC: Martin, Devault
SB: Adkins
CS: Durant

Totals

Team QAB: 15 (41.67%)
Taicelet 2, Martin, Durant 4, Devault, Locke, Garren 2, Adkins 2, Argento, #22

Team LOB: 8

Fielding

E: #22
DP: Luneburg

DOVER TORNADOES SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Devault7.088.727611700
Totals7.088.727611700
Pitching

W: Devault (1-0)
HBP:
 Devault
Pitches-Strikes: Devault 88-64
Groundouts-Flyouts: Devault 11-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Devault 18-28

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Matti Benson402000
Shelby Mayle301001
Kaylee Nolte311000
Jenna Collins201001
– Kenzi Denzer000000
Lauren Stillwagon201100
– Katie Heath000000
Brooke Brendle300001
Katie Porter300000
Kat Frase300003
Kendra Thomas300001
Brooke Haren
Totals2616107
Batting

TB: Matti Benson 2, Jenna Collins, Shelby Mayle, Kaylee Nolte, Lauren Stillwagon
RBI: Lauren Stillwagon
SAC: Kenzi Denzer
ROE: Brooke Brendle
FC: Kaylee Nolte, Katie Porter
HBP: Lauren Stillwagon
GIDP: Katie Porter
SB: Matti Benson 2, Kaylee Nolte 2

Totals

Team QAB: 8 (28.57%)
Matti Benson, Brooke Brendle 2, Jenna Collins, Kenzi Denzer, Kat Frase, Shelby Mayle 2

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: Jenna Collins

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Kendra Thomas7.098.6631274020
Totals7.098.6631274020
Pitching

L: Kendra Thomas (0-1)
Pitches-Strikes: Kendra Thomas 98-65
Groundouts-Flyouts: Kendra Thomas 9-10
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Kendra Thomas 23-36

Records: Dover 1-0, Louisville 0-1

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