Louisville Powers Past Host Massillon 9-6 – Softball
Louisville 9, Massillon 6
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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team downed the host Massillon Tigers 9-6 Friday Evening at the WHS Eagles #190 Sports Complex. With the victory, Louisville improves to an even 8-8 on the season.
Benson and Nolte Deliver 3 Hits Each
Freshman shortstop Matti Benson and senior centerfielder Kaylee Nolte both went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead the Lady Leopards. Nolte singled home junior catcher Kat Frase in the third inning and also recorded an RBI single scoring Benson for the final run of the game in the top of the sixth. LHS only surrendered the lead once in trailing 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth, but Nolte’s 2-run double scoring junior catcher Brooke Brendle and Benson helped the Leopards snatch the lead right back at 5-4.
Benson would score three runs in the game and record 2 of Louisville’s 5 extra-base hits. Benson doubled to lead-off the game and was later driven home by senior first baseman Lauren Stillwagon to give the Leopards the early 1-0 advantage. Benson also hit a 2-out RBI triple in the top of the sixth scoring freshman right fielder Brooke Haren to give Louisville an insurance run in putting them up 8-6.
Collins and Stillwagon Homer Vs. Massillon Again
The Leopards hit a pair of home runs in the game to up their season total to 13 on the year. Junior designated hitter Jenna Collins led off the fourth inning with a solo shot to left field to give Louisville a 3-0 cushion. The home run was her second of the season. Collins other homer also came against Massillon at home back on March 29.
Stillwagon also hit her second home run of the season against Tiger pitching in the top of the fifth inning. One at-bat after Nolte delivered a 2-run double, Stillwagon cracked a 2-run bomb to center field to put the Leopards in front 7-4. This capped off a 4-run fifth inning for Louisville nullifying Massillon’s 4-run fourth inning in the frame before. Stillwagon has now gone yard 4 times this season and leads the team with 24 RBIs for the year.
Harrison Leads Tigers with 3 Hits
The Leopards out-hit the Tigers 11-9 for the contest. Massillon was led by right fielder Jayda Harrison who finished 3-for-4 at the dish and scored a pair of runs. Centerfielder Kyra Woods also recorded a multi-hit game batting 2-for-4 which included hitting a 2-run double in the bottom of the fifth that cut the WHS deficit to 7-6.
Earlier in the Tigers’ 4-run fourth inning, third baseman Jada Regula walked with the bases loaded scoring shortstop Lea Newman to get Massillon on the board. Pitcher Jersie Knight followed with a fielder’s choice that drove home Harrison. Catcher Anna Els followed with a 2-run single to left field that scored the game-tying run in Woods from third and the go-ahead run in Regula from second to put the Tigers in front 4-3.
Louisville Vs. Massillon Softball Series
The Leopards have now won their last 7 matchups against the Tigers dating back to 2009. Louisville now leads the all-time series 21-9 overall, which includes a 10-7 record in games played at Massillon.
Counting their two victories over the Tigers and wins in tournament play, the Lady Leopards have now won their last 4 games overall played at the Eagles #190 Sports Complex.
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UP NEXT: The Louisville Leopards Softball Team will next travel to face the Alliance Aviators on Monday, April 26. First pitch is slated for 5:00 PM from Union Title Field.
VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS 9, TIGERS 6
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
MASSILLON TIGERS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
MASSILLON TIGERS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
Records: Louisville 8-8