Baseball Takes Down State Champs to Win Battle of the Sexes
Louisville Baseball 8, Louisville Softball 6
The Louisville Leopards Baseball Team spoiled the State Champion Louisville Leopards Softball Team‘s homecoming party Tuesday Evening on the Dimond of Dreams. Baseball defeated Softball 8-6 in the third installment of the annual Battle of the Sexes Charity Fastpitch Softball Game.
Grayson Beamer got the scoring started by leading off the top of the second with an inside-the-park home run to right field. Beamer would finish 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and three runs scored.
The boys tacked on to their lead in the top of the fourth. Four straight Baseball Leopards recorded two-out hits which allowed them to build a 4-0 cushion. Cam Lingle hit a 2-run triple to right field scoring both Caleb Prasco and Beamer. Dom Mongiardo then beat out an infield single to first base scoring Lingle.
Softball answered back in the bottom frame with a pair of runs to chop the deficit in half. Sydney McKeever singled on a bunt to third, stole second, and then came home via a Kaycee Ollis single to left. In the spirit of exhibition, McKeever replaced her as a courtesy runner at first. She then stole second for the second time in the inning and then scored a second time when Alex Fankhauser recorded her second hit of the game on an RBI single to left field.
Neither team scored in the fifth, but that gave way to a sixth inning in which each team put a 4-spot on the board. In a somewhat ironic twist, it was the Baseball Team that used nothing but singles to score their runs versus the Softball Team that used the power of the long ball to plate most of their runs.
The boys began the sixth inning with 6 straight singles. Prasco and Beamer each had RBI base knocks to right scoring Cam King and Dillon Rebuck. They both came home when Lingle cracked a 2-run single to center in the next at bat. Lingle finished 2-for-3 with 4 RBIs for the evening and Baseball had mounted an 8-2 lead.
The girls were in familiar territory facing a seemingly insurmountable lead one game after overcoming a 7-2 deficit, the confirmed largest comeback in state tournament history. Ashley Zifer and Katie Porter got the rally started with a pair of walks to start the frame. A wild pitch put them both into scoring position with one out. McKeever laid down another bunt single to third and Zifer ended up scoring from third on the play. Two batters later, Ollis cleared the bases and the center field fence with a 3-run homer to cut the boys lead to 8-6.
That would be all the closer the girls would get as the final four softball batters recorded in play outs. Pitcher Jordan Shearer earned the victory to even his career record in the circle to 1-1.
Softball lost the game despite a combined 14 strikeout effort by Pitcher’s Shae Thomas and Sarah Cantley who tallied of 9. Thomas also had a multi-hit game at the dish with a pair of singles.
Baseball out-hit Softball 12-8 for the game. Beamer and Mongiardo both finished a perfect 3-for-3 to lead the boys. Baseball now leads the all-time series 2-1.
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Brody Hahn threw a 4-inning perfect game to lead the Leopards Baseball Alumni over the Softball Alumni 4-0 Tuesday Night in the first ever Battle of the Sexes Alumni Softball game. Hahn was also the winning pitcher in the inaugural Louisville Battle of the Sexes Charity Softball Game in 2017.
Louisville Varsity Head Coach Brian Warner led the Alumni Baseball offense by going 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Bryan Adams also had the only RBI hit on a first inning single that scored Adam Nyland from second for the first run of the contest.
Hahn scored the second run to make it 2-0 in the first inning after Anthony Carpico reached on an error. Zack Yadrnak also drove in Warner in the second inning and Matt Corona drove in Carson Davis in the fourth inning.
Two key plays in the field aided Hahn in completing his perfect effort. In the bottom of the third, Peyton McKeever hit a line drive over the outstretched glove of Warner at second and into right field. But Carpico gunned the ball to Jason Kroah at first for the rare 9-3 putout. Later in the fourth, Corona leaped into the air at shortstop and took away a sure single to record the final out of the contest.
The umpire declared the fourth would be the final inning as darkness began to close in at the Dennis Biery Sports Complex.
VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS BASEBALL 8, LEOPARDS SOFTBALL 6
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All-Time Series: Baseball Leads 2-1