Louisville Falls in Sectional Final at Massillon – Baseball

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Massillon 3, Louisville 2

The 5th Seed Louisville Leopards fell to the host 4th Seed Massillon Tigers 3-2 in the DI Canton Sectional Finals Friday at Carl “Ducky” Schroeder Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio AdField. The loss snaps the Leopards 9-game winning streak as they fall to 18-7 on the year.

Corey White batted 2-for-2 and drove in Tyler Adams from third in the first inning to give Louisville an early 1-0 lead. Adams was hit by a pitch to start the game and advanced to second when Bryce Zuppe was also hit by a pitch. The next two Leopards batters recorded outs and Adams stole third during White’s at-bat. White singled to right on the next pitch.


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Louisville tacked on to their lead in the third inning. Zuppe drew a 1-out walk and then stole second after there were two outs. On the next pitch, Brody Beatty's Sports Winter 2017Hahn singled on a line drive to center field scoring Zuppe from second base to put the Leopards ahead 2-0.

Then, in the fifth inning, the wheels came off. With two outs, Aidan Longwell hit a ground ball to Adams at Shortstop who fired to first. On the bang-bang play, the field umpire ruled Longwell safe sending the Louisville onlookers into a frenzy.

The result landed the pinch-running Ben Brahler on third base. Blayne McVeen knocked Brahler home on a line drive single to center to cut the Leopard lead in half at 2-1. Longwell advanced to third on the play and was plated in the next at-bat when Vincent Murray reached base on an error. A can of corn to Adams at shortstop was caught for the third out to end the bleeding.

White hit a 1-out single in the sixth, but pinch-runner Cam Lingle was not advanced any further. Louisville went down in order in the seventh, which left the door open for Massillon to walk-off in the bottom half of the frame.

Longwell hit a 1-out single to center to get the Tigers started. He stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then came home for the game-winning run on another wild pitch to end the game. Massillon improves to 17-7 on the year with the win and advances to play the winner of #9 Wooster at #1 Jackson, who play their Sectional Final game Saturday at 11:00 AM. The District Semifinal matchup for Massillon will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 PM at Thurman Munson Memorial Stadium.

This was the first tournament meeting between the Leopards and Tigers since 1976. Louisville won that AAA Sectional Semifinal matchup 5-2 at Canton South. Massillon also won an AAA Sectional matchup over the Leopards 10-5 the year before in 1975. Louisville is now 2-4 in the tournament since entering Division I, 7-9 in road tournament games, and holds a 43-45 record in the postseason dating back to 1972.

UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Salem to take on the Quakers on Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 AM. 

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Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Louisville 101-000-0–2-3-1

Massillon 000-020-1–3-5-0



Tyler Adams310000
Bryce Zuppe110010
Casey Nau300003
Brody Hahn301100
Corey White202110
Cam Lingle000000
Anthony Carpico300000
Brandon Wahl000000
Davis Burick300000
Cam King300002
Brendan Hoffman300001
Carson Davis

TB: Brody Hahn, Corey White 2
RBI: Brody Hahn, Corey White
FC: Anthony Carpico
HBP: Tyler Adams, Bryce Zuppe
SB: Tyler Adams, Bryce Zuppe


Team QAB: 16 (57.14%)
Tyler Adams 2, Brody Hahn 3, Corey White 3, Brendan Hoffman 2, Anthony Carpico, Davis Burick 3, Cam King, Bryce Zuppe

Team LOB: 5


E: Tyler Adams


Carson Davis6.1110.591532740

L: Carson Davis
WP: Carson Davis 3
Pitches-Strikes: Carson Davis 110-65
Groundouts-Flyouts: Carson Davis 4-7
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Carson Davis 18-29


Kordell Ford400003
Aidan Longwell422001
Blayne McVeen301100
Vincent Murray201010
Preston Brothers200010
Alex Seifert300000
Jonathan Machamer200002
Amar Ede Alkire000010
Carter Burick301001
Ben Brahler010000
Seth Blankenship200010
Dylan Ladd000000

2B: Vincent Murray
TB: Aidan Longwell 2, Blayne McVeen, Vincent Murray 2, Carter Burick
RBI: Blayne McVeen
ROE: Vincent Murray
FC: Aidan Longwell
SB: Aidan Longwell 2, Vincent Murray, Ben Brahler


Team QAB: 17 (58.62%)
Aidan Longwell 2, Blayne McVeen 4, Kordell Ford 2, Vincent Murray 3, Carter Burick, Seth Blankenship, Alex Seifert, Jonathan Machamer, Amar Ede Alkire, Preston Brothers

Team LOB: 7


Jonathan Machamer7.090.656322620

W: Jonathan Machamer
HBP: Jonathan Machamer 2
Pitches-Strikes: Jonathan Machamer 90-59
Groundouts-Flyouts: Jonathan Machamer 6-8
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Jonathan Machamer 15-28

Records: Louisville 18-7

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