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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VARSITY BOX SCORE

TIGERS 3, LEOPARDS 2

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Louisville 101-000-0–2-3-1

Massillon 000-020-1–3-5-0

 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BATTING

LineupABRHRBIBBK
Tyler Adams310000
Bryce Zuppe110010
Casey Nau300003
Brody Hahn301100
Corey White202110
Cam Lingle000000
Anthony Carpico300000
Brandon Wahl000000
Davis Burick300000
Cam King300002
Brendan Hoffman300001
Carson Davis
Totals2423226
Batting

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

Totals

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

Fielding

E: Tyler Adams

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS PITCHING

PitchingIP#PS%HRERKBBHR
Carson Davis6.1110.591532740
Totals6.1110.591532740
Pitching

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

MASSILLON TIGERS BATTING

LineupABRHRBIBBK
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
Totals2535147
Batting

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

Totals

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

MASSILLON TIGERS PITCHING

PitchingIP#PS%HRERKBBHR
Jonathan Machamer7.090.656322620
Totals7.090.656322620
Pitching

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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