Tornadoes Blow Past Leopards 7-1 in Opener – Softball
Dover 7, Louisville 1
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
Trailing 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.
Brooke 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
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 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.
VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE
TORNADOES 7, LEOPARDS 1
DOVER TORNADOES SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
DOVER TORNADOES SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
|– Kenzi Denzer||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|– Katie Heath||0||0||0||0||0||0|
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
Records: Dover 1-0, Louisville 0-1