Leopards Mercy Carrollton, Take Title Run into Final Week
Louisville 13, Carrollton 2, 5 innings
Eight different Leopards provided RBI’s and eight different Leopards also scored during Louisville’s 13-2 NBC victory over visiting Carrollton Thursday evening. On the mound, Riley Groves picked up the win to improve to 7-0 on the season.
The Leopards wasted no time in moving to 10-2 in the NBC. Connor Ruffier started the offense with a one out walk in the bottom of the first. Mike Kelly then singled him to second and an error allowed both runners to advance another base. Ruffier then scored via a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Chad Neff cracked a 2-run single to left bringing home both Kelly and Jon Crank. 3-0 Leopards.
After a Crank to Pavin Parks to Kelly 6-4-3 double play ended Carrollton’s at-bat, Louisville exploded for seven more runs in their second frame. Kyle White singled home Joey Duckworth to begin the scoring. Next, Ruffier sacrificed Alex Hollifield home and reached base himself via an error. Then, an infield single by Kelly brought home White to make it 6-0 Leopards.
Crank then whacked a 2-run double to right field scoring both Ruffier and Kelly. Crank later scored on an error and Dillon Stertzbach drove home Groves to give Louisville a double-digit margin at 10-0.
After Carrollton broke the shutout with a run in the third, Louisville answered with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Crank led off the inning with a triple and then came home on a base hit by Groves. Three batters later, Hollifeld ripped a two-run triple to right field that brought in Groves and Bryan Adams to make it 13-1 Leopards.
Carrollton’s Mirko Dobrijevic went yard to lead-off the fifth inning, but Hollifield got the three outs needed to end the game by mercy. After Canton South’s sweep of Salem this week, the Leopards and Wildcats remain tied for first atop the NBC Standings. Each team controls their own fate for a share of the conference as Louisville takes on Marlington for two games next week and Canton South takes on third-place Alliance for a pair of contests.
Carrollton Warriors Varsity Batting
Carrollton Warriors Varsity Pitching
Louisville Leopards Varsity Batting
Louisville Leopards Varsity Pitching
Records: Louisville 14-5, 10-2; Carrollton 9-12, 2-10
NEXT UP: The Leps will next travel to Stow to take on the Bulldogs in a doubleheader at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM. JV will not play Stow Saturday their doubleheader has been cancelled. Freshman however, will also travel to Stow for a doubleheader at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
Louisville 3, Carrollton 1
Timmy Butera struck out 3, gave up just 4 hits, and shutout Carrollton in the final six innings of the contest in leading the Leopards JV squad to their fifth straight victory. Zach Schaffner had an RBI double and Jordan Hughes also drove in a run offensively for the Leopards. The only other run came when Gabe Cozy reached base on an error scoring Connor Zwick. Louisville is now 11-6 overall and 9-3 in the NBC.
JV Box Score
Louisville Leopards JV Batting
Louisville Leopards JV Pitching
Carrollton Warriors JV Batting
Carrollton Warriors JV Pitching
Records: Louisville 11-6, 9-3
FRESHMAN: Louisville 14, Carrollton 8