Leopards Control Destiny After Taming Lions – Baseball
Louisville 9, Minerva 3
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team downed the host Minerva Lions 9-3 at Carl Michael Field Thursday Evening. With their ninth consecutive win, Louisville improves to 18-6 overall and now controls their on fate with an 8-3 record in the NBC.
Bryce Zuppe batted 4-for-4 with a triple, 2 doubles, an RBI, and 3 runs scored to fuel the Leopards offense that pounded out 15 hits as a team. Brody Hahn also knocked home 4 runs for the second straight game and went 3-for-4 at the dish with a run scored. Cam King, Casey Nau, and Corey White all finished with 2 hits and an RBI for Louisville as well.
The Leopards set the tone early by jumping on the Lions 5-1 after just two innings. Starting Pitcher Jordan Shearer settled in and went the distance to earn the victory on the mound. Shearer gave up just 2 earned runs on 5 hits and struck out 3 to improve his win-loss record to 4-1 on the year.
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Minerva managed to cut the deficit to 5-3 in the fifth inning. Brock Croston drove in a pair of runs and Connor Wright batted 2-for-4 with the other RBI for MHS.
However, Louisville broke the game open with a 4-run seventh inning. Zuppe tripled to start the frame and then came home via Hahn’s RBI single to left. White doubled in Hahn, Davis Burick doubled in White, and King singled in Burick to make it 9-3 Leopards. Shearer sent down the Lions 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning to clinch the win.
The Lions fall to 16-7 overall and 10-3 in the league with the loss. Minerva and West Branch are now tied for the top spot in the NBC Standings with identical 10-3 records. Louisville has played two less games than the other two contenders, but also controls their own destiny with a conference mark of 8-3.
The Leopards and Lions are scheduled to meet again at Louisville on Tuesday, May 16. The Leopards also travel to Salem on Saturday, May 13 and to Alliance on Wednesday, May 17. The Warriors lone remaining league game will also be played at Alliance the next day on Thursday, May 18.
UP NEXT: The Leopards will next travel to Massillon to take on the Tigers in the DI Canton Tournament Sectional Finals beginning at 4:30 PM.
Video Courtesy of Bob Burick
VARSITY BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS 9, LIONS 3
Records: Louisville 18-6, 8-3; Minerva 16-7, 10-3