Louisville Leopards at Canton Central Crusaders Baseball 2012 Highlights

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Louisville 6, Central Catholic 4

Mike Kelly drove in 3 runs and Kyle White also drove in 2 more to help lead the Louisville Leopards over the Division III #5 ranked Canton Central Catholic Crusaders 6-4 Monday evening.  Riley Groves also moved to 8-0 on the mound in picking up the win and Dillon Stertzbach earned his first save of the season to move the Leopards to 16-6 on the year.

The Crusaders put the Leopards in a hole early as they tallied three runs in the bottom of the second.  Stephen Montgomery provided a sacrifice fly to center that scored Shawn Jones for Central’s first run.  Then Jake Krupar slashed a 2-run double to right field that scored both Gunner Smeyets and Tim Valentine to put the parochial Canton squad up 3-0.

The Leopards erased part of the deficit in the next half inning with a pair of runs.  The first pitch of the third inning hit Alex Hollifield which gave him a free pass to first.  Then White grounded to short, but the throw to get the speedy Hollifield at second was high allowing both runners to reach their intended base.  Next, Connor Ruffier walked on four pitches to load the bases.  Finally, Kelly smacked a 2-run single to left field to get the Leps on the board via Hollifield and White crossing the plate.

Louisville picked up right where they left off in the fourth inning.  Groves singled to right, Jordan Hughes walked, Beatty's Sports Baseball Shirt 2012 Spring Sports Logosand Hollifield laid down a perfect bunt single to load the bases.  Hollifield awkwardly bunted, perhaps in an attempt to pull the bunt back, down the third base line and the ball rolled slowly before coming to a stop right on the chalk line.  This allowed him to make it to first without contest.

With the ducks on the pond, White delivered a ground ball single to center that tagged off the glove of the second baseman charging to his right.  Groves and Hughes both came home on the play to give Louisville the lead.  Then they extended their advantage to 5-3 when Kelly grounded to short two batters later.  Central elected to throw home for the tag rather than throw to first for the second out.  The throw was online, but the catcher dropped the ball on the exchange as Hollifield slid between his legs for the score.

The Crusaders got one run back in the bottom of the fourth as they started their rally with a Brad Frohman lead-off double. Three batters later, Valentine delivered a 2 out single to right that scored Frohman and cut the Central deficit to 5-4.

The Leopards got an insurance run in their final at-bat in the seventh to put them up 6-4.  The lightning fast Ruffier reached base via a bobbled grounder.  He then advanced to second on a Kelly groundout and to third on a passed ball.  Jon Crank then crushed a pitch to center field that was caught just in front of Central’s 2008 and 2011 State Championship banners.  Ruffier advanced home easily on the sac fly.

Groves pitched 6 innings, gave up 4 runs on 7 hits, and struck out 2 before giving way to Stertzbach.  The former Crusader picked up his first save of the season thanks to two strikeouts, a tapper back to the mound for an out, and a Crank to Kelly groundout to end the game.  Montgomery was the only Crusader to reach base in the inning after a dropped third strike.

The Leopards knocked off the Defending DIII State Champion Crusaders for a sweet road victory to close regular season non-conference play.  They will now look to top that feat by playing for an NBC Title in a 2-game series with Marlington on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Furthermore, Friday they will face Fairless for a chance to win their seventh straight Sectional crown.


Box Score

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Louisville 002-300-1–6-6-1

Central Catholic 030-100-0–4-7-2

Louisville Leopards Varsity Batting

K White412200
C Ruffier310010
M Kelly301300
J Crank301100
C Neff300001
D Stertzbaugh200010
R Groves311000
J Hughes210010
A Hollifield221000
G Cozy000000
G Yoder100001
TB: K White 2, M Kelly, J Crank, R Groves, A Hollifield
RBI: K White 2, M Kelly 3, J Crank
SAC: M Kelly
SF: J Crank
ROE: K White, C Ruffier
FC: M Kelly 2, R Groves
HBP: A Hollifield
GIDP: J Hughes
Quality At Bats

Team Total: 11 (34.38%)

C Ruffier 3 , M Kelly 2 , J Crank 3 , C Neff 2 , R Groves

E: C Neff

Louisville Leopards Varsity Pitching

R Groves186.074412066.3%
D Stertzbaugh31.000002064.7%
Win: R Groves
Save: D Stertzbaugh
Wild Pitch: R Groves
Pitches-Strikes: R Groves 98-65, D Stertzbaugh 17-11
Groundouts-Flyouts: R Groves 6-8, D Stertzbaugh 2-0
First-pitch strikes-Batters faced: R Groves 12-25, D Stertzbaugh 2-4

Central Catholic Varsity Batting

J Krupar401201
A Battista401000
T Locke301000
A Paone300001
B Frohman311000
S Jones311001
G Smeyets311000
T Valentine211110
S Montgomery200101
2B: J Krupar, B Frohman, S Jones
TB: J Krupar 2, A Battista, T Locke, B Frohman 2, S Jones 2, G Smeyets,T Valentine
RBI: J Krupar 2, T Valentine, S Montgomery
SF: S Montgomery
FC: T Locke
Quality At Bats

Team Total: 15 (51.72%)

J Krupar 3 , T Locke , A Paone , B Frohman 2 , S Jones 2 , G Smeyets 2 ,T Valentine 2 , S Montgomery 2

E: S Montgomery, T Roach
DP: S Jones, G Smeyets, B Frohman

Central Catholic Varsity Pitching

B Carey62.020011060.7%
C Miller72.145120054.5%
R Andrzejczyk20.2000000100.0%
S Jones31.000000055.6%
J Krupar31.001001061.1%
Loss: J Krupar
Hit batters: C Miller
Pitches-Strikes: B Carey 28-17, C Miller 44-24, R Andrzejczyk 3-3,S Jones 9-5, J Krupar 18-11
Groundouts-Flyouts: B Carey 1-1, C Miller 2-4, R Andrzejczyk 0-2,S Jones 2-1, J Krupar 1-1
First-pitch strikes-Batters faced: B Carey 5-8, C Miller 8-16,R Andrzejczyk 2-2, S Jones 1-3, J Krupar 3-4

Records: Louisville 16-6, Central Catholic 20-6

NEXT UP: The Leps will next host the Marlington Dukes on Tuesday, May 7 at 4:30 PM.  This will be the final home game of the regular season and also Senior Night.  JV will travel to Marlington during the same time.


Central Catholic 19, Louisville 4, 5 innings

The Crusaders used a 7-run inning to take a 14-3 lead at the end of three before adding on more runs and defeating the JV Leps 19-4 in five innings.  Riley Graybel and Connor Zwick each had two hits for Louisville.  Zwick, Alan Nelson, and Joe Crank provided the RBI’s for the 11-7 Leopards.

JV Box Score

Team 123-45–R-H-E

Louisville 347-14–19-14-3

Central Catholic 111-01–4-8-2

Central Catholic JV Batting

M Murphy303400
P Murphy221110
2B: Boron, Shisler, M Murphy
HR: Sirpilla
Grand Slam: Sirpilla
TB: Boron 2, Shisler 3, Sirpilla 5, Regula, Beck 2, M Murphy 4, Millin,P Murphy, Codispoti
RBI: Shisler 2, Sirpilla 5, Regula 3, Beck 2, M Murphy 4, P Murphy,Codispoti
SF: Beck
ROE: Richards
FC: P Murphy
HBP: Shisler, Regula, M Murphy
SB: Shisler
CS: Regula
Quality At Bats

Team Total: 27 (62.79%)

Boron 3 , Shisler 2 , Sirpilla 4 , Regula 3 , Beck 3 , M Murphy 2 , Millin ,Richards 2 , P Murphy 3 , Pancoe , Codispoti , Savage , Miller

E: Boron, Shisler, Miller

Central Catholic JV Pitching

Win: Miller
Hit batters: Miller
Pitches-Strikes: Miller 93-58
Groundouts-Flyouts: Miller 2-6
First-pitch strikes-Batters faced: Miller 18-28

Louisville Leopards JV Batting

R Graybeal412001
C Zwick302100
Z Schaffner200000
Z Shea110010
M Lautner201000
T Butera311000
A Nelson301100
J Crank100120
Z Sims200002
C Leeders100000
J Agnone100000
V Knebl111000
TB: R Graybeal 2, C Zwick 2, M Lautner, T Butera, A Nelson, V Knebl
RBI: C Zwick, A Nelson, J Crank
ROE: Z Schaffner, T Butera, A Nelson
FC: A Nelson, J Crank
HBP: Z Sims
SB: R Graybeal 2
Quality At Bats

Team Total: 15 (53.57%)

R Graybeal 2 , C Zwick , Z Shea , M Lautner , T Butera 2 , A Nelson 2 ,J Crank 2 , Z Sims 2 , C Leeders , J Agnone

E: C Zwick, R Graybeal

Louisville Leopards JV Pitching

Z Shea41.147631059.3%
A Nelson51.287631061.4%
Z Sims41.125561139.7%
J Crank20.200000037.5%
Loss: Z Shea
Hit batters: Z Shea 2, J Crank
Pitches-Strikes: Z Shea 59-35, A Nelson 57-35, Z Sims 58-23,J Crank 8-3
Groundouts-Flyouts: Z Shea 0-2, A Nelson 1-1, Z Sims 1-2, J Crank 0-2
First-pitch strikes-Batters faced: Z Shea 7-13, A Nelson 7-15,Z Sims 3-12, J Crank 1-3

Records: Louisville 11-7

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