One Proves Enough in Leopards Rain-Shortened Win Over Marlington – Softball
Louisville 1, Marlington 0, 5 Innings
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team shutout the visiting Marlington Dukes 1-0 in a rain shortened 5 inning contest Thursday Evening at the Diamond of Dreams. With their sixth straight victory, Louisville improves their record to 17-1 overall and 8-1 in the NBC.
For the second straight night, it was an Alex Fankhauser hit that proved the difference for the Leopards. Fankhauser led off the bottom of the second by blasting an 0-1 pitch over the center field fence for her third homer of the season. The no doubter gave the Leopards a 1-0 lead and the score would hold the rest of the way.
Shae Thomas and Sarah Cantley combined for the Louisville shutout in the circle. Thomas pitched the first 2 innings, surrendered just 3 hits, and struck out 1. Cantley finished out the final 3 frames as the rain started to come down. She retired 9 of the 11 batters she faced and struck out 6 as she improved to 13-1 on the year.
The Dukes were led by Kate McFarland who batted a perfect 2-for-2 with a double. Pitcher Ellie Smith also pitched all 4 innings, gave up 1 run on 4 hits, and struck out 6.
Rylee Squire and Thomas also hit doubles for the Leopards.
Louisville is now 17-1 against Marlington this decade after Marlington dominated the series early on. The Lady Leopards now lead the all-time series 34-28, which includes an 18-13 record at home and a 32-26 record in NBC matchups. Louisville has now won 28 straight home games overall including their last 22 in league play. Their last home NBC loss was a 17-3 stunner against this same Marlington team on April 21, 2015.
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UP NEXT: The Louisville Leopards Softball Team will next travel to Carrollton to take on the Warriors on Friday, May 4 at 5:00 PM.
VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS 1, DUKES 0
MARLINGTON DUKES SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
MARLINGTON DUKES SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
Records: Louisville 17-1, 8-1