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Leopards Tie Team Record with 3 Homers in the 5th Vs. North Royalton – Softball

Teagan Rice Louisville Leopards Softball 2017 Vs. West Branch Warriors

Louisville 18, North Royalton 2

The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team upended the host North Royalton Bears 18-2 in a run-rule 5 inning victory Thursday. With the win, Louisville is now 6-2 on the season. 

Teagan Rice batted 4-for-5, scored twice, and hit a Grand Slam during the Lady Leopards 11-run fifth inning. Rice’s slam was the third of 3 home runs hit that inning to tie the school record. Shae Thomas and Alex Fankhauser led off the inning with back-to-back jacks. The next five Louisville batters reached base before Rice went yard to center field.


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The grand slam made it 14-2 Leopards, but they weren’t done. The next three Louisville batters smacked extra base hits and all scored as the Leopards scored 10 runs in the inning before a single out was recorded. Kaycee Ollis tripled to right and Katie Porter doubled to right to bring her in. Thomas followed with a double to right to swap spots with Porter and then came home via a Fankhauser single. Louisville nearly batted around the lineup in bringing 17 to the plate and scoring 11 runs on 13 hits. Lauren Stillwagon also recorded an RBI single and Ashley Zifer drove in a run via a sacrifice fly to round out the Leopards scoring in the fifth.

The Lady Leopards earlier third inning foreshadowed their fifth inning explosion. Ollis, Kaylee Nolte, and Sarah Cantley hit back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles in a span of 4 pitches to put Louisville ahead 3-0. Justina Sirohman hit a 2-out RBI single to right scoring courtesy runner Katie Porter for another run. Lauren Bennett capped off the inning with a 2-run home run to center to put LHS in command 6-0.

Sydney McKeever scored the only other Leopards run in the fourth inning. She reached base on error and advanced to second as a result. The speedy McKeever swiped third and then home putting Louisville ahead 7-0 in the middle of the fourth.

The Leopards offense banged out 21 hits and recored 16 RBIs as a unit for the game. Fankhauser, McKeever, Nolte, Ollis, Rice, Stillwagon, and Thomas all registered a multi-hit game for the blue and white. Ten different Louisville players scored in the content with 8 crossing the plate twice.

In the circle, Cantley pitched the first four innings, gave up 0 earned runs on 2 hits, and struck out 5. She improved to 4-1 on the season with the win. Thomas closed out the game working a scoreless fifth inning.

This was the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Single Inning Home Run Record

The 2014 Leopards were the only other team to hit 3 home runs in a single inning. Kylie Zifer, Annie Woolf, and Emily Cantley all homered in the fourth inning during Louisville’s 20-0 victory at Marlington on May 20, 2014. The Leopards hit 5 homer runs in that game at Marlington, which is also a team record to this day.

UP NEXT: The Louisville Leopards Softball Team will next travel to Perry for two games on Saturday, April 13. They will take on the host Perry Panthers in a rematch of last year’s District Championship at 11:00 AM and then take on the Hillsdale Falcons at 1:00 PM.

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VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 18, BEARS 2

Team 123-45–R-H-E

Louisville 006-1(11)–18-21-1

North Royalton 000-20–2-2-2

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Sydney McKeever522002
Teagan Rice524400
Kaycee Ollis522100
Kaylee Nolte312101
Sarah Cantley201101
Katie Porter121000
Shae Thomas222200
Alex Fankhauser322210
Justina Sirohman321110
Lauren Bennett221200
Lauren Stillwagon202100
Ashley Zifer411101
Lexi Zavarelle000000
Totals3718211625
Batting

2B: Sarah Cantley, Kaylee Nolte, Kaycee Ollis, Katie Porter, Shae Thomas 
3B: Kaycee Ollis 
HR: Lauren Bennett, Alex Fankhauser, Teagan Rice, Shae Thomas 
Grand slam: Teagan Rice 
TB: Lauren Bennett 4, Sarah Cantley 2, Alex Fankhauser 5, Sydney McKeever 2, Kaylee Nolte 3, Kaycee Ollis 5, Katie Porter 2, Teagan Rice 7, Justina Sirohman, Lauren Stillwagon 2, Shae Thomas 6, Ashley Zifer 
RBI: Lauren Bennett 2, Sarah Cantley, Alex Fankhauser 2, Kaylee Nolte, Kaycee Ollis, Teagan Rice 4, Justina Sirohman, Lauren Stillwagon, Shae Thomas 2, Ashley Zifer 
ROE: Sydney McKeever 
SB: Sydney McKeever 2 

Totals

Team QAB: 22 (56.41%) 
Lauren Bennett, Sarah Cantley 2, Alex Fankhauser 3, Kaylee Nolte 3, Kaycee Ollis 3, Katie Porter, Teagan Rice, Justina Sirohman 3, Lauren Stillwagon, Shae Thomas 2, Ashley Zifer 2 

Team LOB: 6

Fielding

E: Kaycee Ollis 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Sarah Cantley4.056.679220500
Shae Thomas1.011.545000000
Katie Porter0.00.000000000
Totals5.067.657220500
Pitching

W: Sarah Cantley 
HBP: Sarah Cantley 
Pitches-Strikes: Sarah Cantley 56-38, Katie Porter 0-0, Shae Thomas 11-6 
Groundouts-Flyouts: Sarah Cantley 1-3, Katie Porter 0-0, Shae Thomas 3-0 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Sarah Cantley 13-15, Katie Porter 0-0, Shae Thomas 1-3 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
E Weiser200000
C Felton110001
S Mraz210001
E Kelley201000
A Andexler101100
J Baracz200001
A Dlugounski200001
P Heffke200001
C Weiser200000
M Stafford
Totals1622105
Batting

TB: E Kelley, A Andexler 
RBI: A Andexler 
SAC: A Andexler 
ROE: S Mraz 
HBP: C Felton 
SB: S Mraz 
CS: A Andexler 

Totals

Team QAB: 5 (27.78%) 
C Felton 2, S Mraz, A Andexler, C Weiser 

Team LOB: 1

Fielding

E: C Felton 2

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
J Baracz5.0119.597151110513
M Stafford0.021.476677011
Totals5.0140.579211817524
Pitching

Pitches-Strikes: J Baracz 119-71, M Stafford 21-10 
Groundouts-Flyouts: J Baracz 2-7, M Stafford 0-0 
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: J Baracz 17-32, M Stafford 2-7 

Records: Louisville 6-2

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