Louisville Sunk By Lake in District Semifinal – Softball

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The #2 Seed Louisville Leopards fell to the #6 Seed Lake Blue Streaks 5-3 Tuesday Evening in the DI Massillon District Semifinals Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio Adheld at the Eagles #190 Sports Complex. With the loss, Louisville drops to 21-4 on the season.

Leopards Lead-off Hitter Sydney McKeever batted 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first inning and an RBI in the second inning. McKeever dropped in a single to center to start the first inning. She then stole second, advanced to third on a sacrifice by Alex Fankhauser, and came home via an RBI double by Kaycee Ollis to make it 1-0 Louisville at the end of the first. 

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Lake got their first two runs on one swing. After a strikeout started the frame, Jaelyn Meade walked and Emily Lippe doubled to put both runners Beatty's Sports Blue Shirt Under Armour Spring 2017in scoring position. Both were driven in by Jessica Lebeau’s 2-run single to right field that gave the Blue Streaks a 2-1 advantage.

The Leopards answered back in the bottom of the second. Ellie Jackson drew a 1-out walk and then Rylee Squire reached base on a fielder’s choice. Next, Peyton McKeever got on base with two outs via an error that put her on second and Squire on third to setup the scoring opportunity. Sydney McKeever made the most of it with a 2-out bunt single that scored Squire from third to knot the game at 2-2.

Louisville regained the lead by scoring in their third straight inning in the third. Ollis reached base on an error and advanced to second base on another sacrifice by Fankhauser. On the same play, Ollis advanced too far past second and found herself in a rundown between second and third. The Blue Streaks mishandled an exchange and Ollis slid into third safely. Sarah Cantley laid down a sacrifice bunt on the next pitch which plated Ollis making it 3-2 Leopards.

Neither team scored over the course of the next two innings, but Lake broke through in the sxith to retake the lead. Jaelyn Meade began the inning with a triple to the wall in center. Jordan Meade laid down a sacrifice bunt after that, but Meade found herself in a pickle between third and home. The rundown ended with Jaelyn Meade making it home safely after a Louisville error. On the next pitch, Lippe ripped a double to center scoring Jordan Meade to make it 4-3 Blue Streaks.  

Lake added a 2-out insurance run in the seventh inning when Meade walked with the bases loaded. The Leopards were unable to rally back as Blue Streaks pitcher Katie Herrick retired the final 13 Louisville batters in order to end the game. Herrick pitched a complete game, gave up 1 earned run on 4 hits, and struck out 6 to lead Lake. The Blue Streaks are now 15-9 on the year and will play in the District Title Game Wednesday against the #4 Seed North Canton Hoover Vikings at 4:30 PM at the Eagles #190 Sports Complex.

For the Leopards, Cantley started the first 5 innings, gave up 3 earned runs on 6 hits, and struck out 8. Morgan Harris pitched the final 2 innings, gave up 1 run on 2 hits, and struck out 1.

UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will conclude the season when they host the Marlington Dukes on Friday, May 19 at 5:00 PM. Louisville will share the NBC Title with West Branch with a win.


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Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Lake 020-002-1–5-8-3

Louisville 111-000-0–3-4-1


L Mcmillan411000
M Dudek401001
A Butler400004
J Meade311012
J Meade020230
E Lippe412101
M Mauller301001
C Lohse201000
K Herrick

2B: E Lippe 2
3B: J Meade
TB: L Mcmillan, M Dudek, J Meade 3, E Lippe 4, C Lohse, M Mauller, Lebeau
RBI: E Lippe, J Meade 2, Lebeau 2
SAC: J Meade, C Lohse
ROE: J Meade
FC: L Mcmillan 2
CS: E Lippe


Team QAB: 17 (51.52%)
L Mcmillan, M Dudek, A Butler 2, J Meade 3, E Lippe 2, J Meade 4, C Lohse, M Mauller, Lebeau 2

Team LOB: 7


E: J Meade 3


K Herrick7.090.622431610

W: K Herrick
Pitches-Strikes: K Herrick 90-56
Groundouts-Flyouts: K Herrick 6-8
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: K Herrick 18-28


Sydney McKeever412100
Teagan Rice200000
Kaycee Ollis311100
Alex Fankhauser200002
Sarah Cantley100100
Morgan Harris100000
Savannah Miner301002
Ellie Jackson200011
Rylee Squire310000
Peyton McKeever300001
Riley Bobo

2B: Kaycee Ollis
TB: Sydney McKeever 2, Kaycee Ollis 2, Savannah Miner
RBI: Sydney McKeever, Kaycee Ollis, Sarah Cantley
SAC: Teagan Rice, Alex Fankhauser, Sarah Cantley
ROE: Kaycee Ollis, Peyton McKeever
FC: Rylee Squire
SB: Sydney McKeever


Team QAB: 14 (50.00%)
Ellie Jackson, Sydney McKeever 2, Kaycee Ollis 2, Savannah Miner 2, Teagan Rice 3, Peyton McKeever, Alex Fankhauser 2, Sarah Cantley

Team LOB: 4


E: Teagan Rice
DP: Sarah Cantley


Sarah Cantley5.077.623643820
Morgan Harris2.036.528211120

L: Sarah Cantley
Pitches-Strikes: Morgan Harris 36-19, Sarah Cantley 77-48
Groundouts-Flyouts: Morgan Harris 1-3, Sarah Cantley 3-2
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Morgan Harris 2-9, Sarah Cantley 18-24

Records: Louisville 21-4, Lake 15-9

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