Lady Leopards Come Back Strong At Alliance 14-4 – Softball
Louisville 14, Alliance 4
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team earned a 14-4 victory over the host Alliance Aviators Thursday Evening at Union Title Field. With the win, #2 ranked Louisville improves to 12-1 overall and 5-1 in league play.
The Lady Leopards turned the tide of a 1-1 tie game with a 6-run fourth inning and never looked back. Alex Fankhauser and Rylie Squire led off the inning with back-to-back doubles to give Louisville a 2-1 lead. Two batters later, Justina Sirohman hit a 3-run homer to center field to bulge their advantage to 5-1 in what proved to be the game’s winning run.
Louisville pounded out 9 extra base hits out of their 20 total hits recorded by 10 different batters. Sydney McKeever batted 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored, Teagan Rice finished with 3 hits and drove in a pair, and Squire also had a 3-hit evening. McKeever and Rice pieced together a rare back-to-back triple sequence in the top of the seventh as well.
Other offensive highlights included Sarah Cantley hitting 2 RBI doubles, Fankhauser cracking a pair of doubles, and Kaycee Ollis clubbing a 2-run double and driving in 3 runs total. Ellie Jackson and Shae Thomas also drove in runs. Ollis and Lexi Zavarelle had multi-hit games as part of the Leopard onslaught that saw them total 40 at-bats.
Thomas started the game pitching 4 2/3 innings and striking out 2 to earn her third victory of the season. Cantley finished out the final 2 1/3 innings, didn’t give up a run or a hit, and struck out 5. Alliance has now been unable to obtain a hit against Cantley for 9 2/3 consecutive innings with 21 falling victim of punch out in the process. Overall the Aviators have managed just 1 hit off Cantley in her 3 years against them, a bloop fly single that didn’t even reach right field.
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UP NEXT: The Louisville Leopards Softball Team will next travel to Jackson to take on the Polar Bears on Friday, April 27 at 5:00 PM.
VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS 14, AVIATORS 4
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
ALLIANCE AVIATORS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
ALLIANCE AVIATORS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
Records: Louisville 12-1, 5-1.