Miller Homer, Morley Walk-Off Double Lifts Louisville Past Massillon 7-6 – Baseball
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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team earned a walk-off 7-6 extra inning victory against the Massillon Tigers Thursday Evening at Andy Aljancic Field. With the victory, Louisville improves to 8-4 on the season.
Miller Hits Game-Tying 2-Run Homer in 7th
The Leopards trailed 6-4 heading into the last of the seventh. Senior catcher Karson Siegfried hit a 1-out single to right field allowing the tying run to come to the plate.
Junior first baseman/pitcher Cole Miller was up next and fouled off back-to-back pitches to run the count to 1-2. He then smashed the next pitch over the right-center field fence for a 2-run home run to knot the game at 6-6. The home run was Miller’s second of the season and it more importantly forced extra innings for Louisville.
Morley Hits Walk-Off Double in 8th
On the mound, Miller surrendered a lead-off walk in the top of the eighth, but was able to get outs in the next three Tiger at-bats to keep Massillon off the scoreboard. The Leopards recorded 2 quick outs in the bottom of the eighth before sophomore center fielder Cooper Rice got aboard via a 7-pitch walk.
Morley stepped into the batter’s box next and watched a pair of strikes. He would have no plans to watch a third strike though. Instead, Morley lined the next pitch the opposite way splitting the outfielders in left-center field. With two outs, Rice was off and running and jetted around the bases scoring the winning run all the way from first. Morley reached second standing up with a walk-off RBI double to lift the Leopards to their fourth walk-off victory of the season.
Leopards Build 4-2 Advantage
Louisville struck first in the opening inning when Siegfried singled home Rice from third. Miller followed by grounding into a fielder’s choice as Morley scored from third to make it 2-0.
Massillon answered with a pair of runs in the second inning, but the Leopards took the lead back in the bottom half of the frame. Junior shortstop Andrew Corona’s 2-out RBI single scored third baseman Caleb House to make it 3-2.
Louisville added on to their lead with another clutch 2-out RBI single in the fourth inning. Rice lined that base hit into center field, which allowed House to score again in upping the Leopard lead to 4-2.
Marceric Leads Tigers Rally
Shortstop Gavin Marceric reached on an error with 2 outs in the Tiger second. The play brought sophomore third baseman Luke McGeorge and first baseman/second baseman Chase Duplain to the plate to tie the game at 2-2.
Later in the fifth inning, Marceric reached base again via an error and McGeorge came home from third once more to trim the Louisville lead to 4-3. The Leopards would commit 6 errors in the field compared to none from the Tigers for the game.
Massillon knotted the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning. Right fielder Tyler Hackenbracht doubled to left to lead-off the frame. He then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Brock Polilli before coming home courtesy of a passed ball for the game-tying run.
With two out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Marceric smashed a 2-run home run over the left field fence to put the Tigers ahead 6-4. Catcher Brayden Garofalo, who singled early in the inning, also scored on the dinger.
Louisville Out-Hits Massillon 14-6
Morley finished 3-for-5 to lead the Leopards as Louisville out-hit Massillon 14-6 for the game. Corona, House, Rice, Siegfried, and freshman right fielder Zander Triplett all recorded multi-hit games for the Leopards.
UP NEXT: The Louisville Baseball Team will next travel to take on the Boardman Spartans on Thursday, April 27. Game time is slated for 5:00 PM from Boardman High School. JV and Freshman will be home at the same time.
Cover Photo By The Louisville Herald
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Massillon at Louisville Varsity Baseball Box Score
LEOPARDS 7, TIGERS 6, 8 INNINGS
MASSILLON TIGERS BATTING STATS
|G Marceric (SS)||5||1||1||2||0||1|
|M McGeorge (2B, P)||3||0||1||0||2||1|
|—V Keller (2B)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|T Hackenbracht (RF)||3||1||1||0||2||0|
|B Polilli (C)||4||0||0||0||0||1|
|D Stitt (P, 1B)||5||0||0||0||0||1|
|L McGeorge (3B)||4||2||1||0||1||1|
|C Duplain (1B, 2B)||3||1||0||0||1||3|
|B Garofalo (DH, C)||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|B Crowe (CF)||3||1||1||0||1||0|
2B: M McGeorge, T Hackenbracht
HR: G Marceric
TB: B Garofalo 1, G Marceric 4, M McGeorge 2, B Crowe 1, L McGeorge 1, T Hackenbracht 2
HBP: B Garofalo
SB: R Page, T Hackenbracht
CS: B Crowe
MASSILLON TIGERS PITCHING STATS
WP: D Stitt
Pitches-Strikes: D Stitt 105-69, M McGeorge 35-22
Batters Faced: D Stitt 32, M McGeorge 7
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS BATTING STATS
|A Corona (SS)||4||0||2||1||1||1|
|C Rice (CF)||4||2||2||1||1||1|
|C Morley (2B)||5||1||3||1||0||0|
|K Siegfried (C)||4||1||2||1||0||0|
|C Miller (1B, P)||4||1||1||3||0||0|
|Z Triplett (RF)||4||0||2||0||0||1|
|K Loy (DH)||3||0||0||0||0||1|
|—C Harsh (DH)||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|C House (3B)||4||2||2||0||0||0|
|K Vesely (LF)||3||0||0||0||0||0|
2B: C House, A Corona, C Morley
HR: C Miller
TB: C House 3, A Corona 3, Z Triplett 2, C Rice 2, C Morley 4, K Siegfried 2, C Miller 4
SB: A Corona
E: C House, A Corona 2, Z Triplett 2, K Siegfried
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS PITCHING STATS
WP: C Miller
HBP: C Miller
Pitches-Strikes: Z Root 69-38, C Miller 82-51
Batters Faced: Z Root 20, C Miller 22
Records: Louisville 8-4