Louisville Defends Its “House” in Sectional Win Vs. Lake – Baseball
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The #9 seed Louisville Leopards Baseball Team defeated the visiting #16 seed Lake Blue Streaks 5-1 in their DI Macedonia Sectional Final Thursday at Andy Aljancic Field. With the victory, Louisville improves to 18-7 on the season and advances to play the #8 seed GlenOak Golden Eagles in the DI Macedonia District Semifinals on Monday, May 23 at 1:30 PM from Bernie Hovan Field.
House 2-Run Single Highlights Leps 4-Run 4th
The first three Leopards that came to the plate in the bottom of the second inning all got aboard without putting the ball into play. Junior first baseman Cole Miller walked, sophomore right fielder Cooper Rice walked, and junior designated hitter Zach Root was hit by a pitch after fouling off three straight pitches. Senior third baseman Caleb House made the Blue Streaks pay for those free passes with a go-ahead 2-run single to right field. He poked a ground ball single just inside the first base bag allowing Miller and Rice to score easily and put Louisville in front 2-0.
Senior left fielder Kyle Vesely followed with a perfectly placed bunt single to re-load the bases. Back at the top of the lineup, junior shortstop Andrew Corona cracked a sacrifice fly to right field. Root tagged, sprinted toward the plate, and slid into home just under the tag of the Lake catcher to make it 3-0.
Senior center fielder Charlie Roberts followed with a pop fly single into no man’s land in shallow center. The runners had to hold up at second and third, but the bases remained loaded with just one out. Senior pitcher Connor Morley fell behind in the count 1-2, but then held off on three straight balls to draw a bases loaded walk. House scored from third to give Louisville a commanding 4-0 advantage.
Root Chopper Scores Siegfried in 5th
Lake got on the board in the top of third, but Louisville matched that run in the fifth inning. Senior catcher Karson Siegfried beat the throw to first on his ground ball single to third earlier in the inning. A few batters later, Root hit a short chopper to the left side of the infield that hugged the foul line. The Blue Streaks’ fielders waited for the ball to roll foul, but it died on the chalk and stayed fair. Root recorded an RBI single and Siegfried came home on the play to put the Leopards ahead 5-1.
Morley Throws Complete Game 2-Hitter
Morley put on another superb performance starting on the mound for Louisville. He pitched a complete game 2-hitter giving up just 1 run, issuing no walks, and striking out 3.
Morley retired the first 6 batters he faced before junior outfielder Josh Sedmock led off the third with a triple to center. Designated hitter AJ Bosz drove in Sedmock on the next pitch for the Blue Streaks only run of the game.
Morley didn’t allow another Lake base runner until sophomore first baseman Noah Kubasky hit a 1-out line drive single to left field in the top of the seventh. Morley retired 12 Blue Streak hitters in a row following Sedmock’s lead-off triple in the third. He also retired the side in order in the second, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
Morley improves to 7-2 on the season with the victory on the hill.
Leopards Win 1st Division I Sectional Title
The win marks the Leopards first Division I Sectional Title in team history. Louisville has mostly been in Division II since moving out of AAA in 1991. The Leopards went 2-4 while in Division I from 2014-2017, but were never able to punch their ticket to districts.
The Leopards last big division sectional championship came in the 1990 season when they defeated Wooster 12-11 in their AAA sectional final. The 1990 LHS squad then lost to GlenOak 10-3 at North Canton in the district semifinals. Louisville will look for redemption when they take on the Golden Eagles in the DI Macedonia District Semifinals on Monday.
UP NEXT: The Louisville Baseball Team will next host the New Philadelphia Quakers on Friday, May 19. Game time slated for 1:30 PM from Andy Aljancic Field.
Cover Photo By The Louisville Herald
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Louisville Varsity Baseball Box Score
LEOPARDS 5, BLUE STREAKS 1
LAKE BLUE STREAKS BATTING STATS
|C Collins (P, SS)||3||0||0||0||0||1|
|J Davis (CF, P)||3||0||0||0||0||1|
|N Kubasky (1B)||3||0||1||0||0||0|
|W Feser (3B)||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|R Lippe (C)||3||0||0||0||0||1|
|L Smerglia (2B)||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|J Sedmock (RF, CF)||2||1||1||0||0||0|
|G Swope (LF)||2||0||0||0||0||0|
3B: J Sedmock
TB: J Sedmock 3, N Kubasky 1
LAKE BLUE STREAKS PITCHING STATS
WP: J Davis
HBP: C Collins
Pitches-Strikes: C Collins 57-32, J Davis 70-45
Batters Faced: C Collins 12, J Davis 17
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BATTING STATS
|A Corona (SS)||3||0||0||1||0||0|
|C Roberts (CF)||4||0||1||0||0||3|
|C Morle}1 (P)||1||0||1||1||2||0|
|K Siegfried (C)||3||1||1||0||0||1|
|C Miller (1B)||1||1||0||0||2||0|
|C Rice (RF)||2||1||0||0||1||1|
|C House (3B)||3||1||1||2||0||2|
|K Vesely (LF)||3||0||1||0||0||2|
2B: C Morley
TB: C House 1, C Roberts 1, C Morley 2, Z Root 1, K Siegfried 1, K Vesely 1
HBP: Z Root
SF: A Corona
SB: K Vesely
CS: K Loy
E: C Miller
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS PITCHING STATS
Pitches-Strikes: C Morley 62-46
Batters Faced: C Morley 23
Records: Louisville 18-7