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Lady Leopards Bounce Back with Win Over Massillon 7-4 – Softball

Jenna Collins and Lauren Stillwagon Louisville Leopards Softball Vs. Massillon Tigers 2021

Louisville 7, Massillon 4

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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team never trailed in earning their first victory of the season over the visiting Massillon Tigers 7-4 Monday Evening at West Main Vet Clinic Field. With the victory, Louisville evens their record on the young season at 1-1.


Collins and Stillwagon Go Yard

Lingenhoel Group - Arden and Lisa Lingenhoel - Cutler Real Estate AdDesignated hitter Jenna Collins and first baseman Lauren Stillwagon both hit their first career varsity home runs to power the Lady Leopards offense. Collins hit a solo homer to the parking lot beyond the left field fence to put Louisville in front 2-0 in the first inning. She would finish 2-for-3 and come home for a third time via Stillwagon’s 2-run blast to left during the Leopards 4-run fifth inning.


Benson Goes 3-For-3, Sets the Tone Early

Matti Benson Steals 3rd Base Leopards Vs. Tigers Softball 2021

Matti Benson lays out on a steal of third.

Shortstop Matti Benson was a perfect 3-for-3 at the top of the lineup with a pair of doubles to lead the LHS offense. She set the tone from the start by leading off the Leopard first with a hard hit ground ball single to the left side of the infield. Benson then stole second and third on consecutive pitches to put herself into scoring position. Second baseman Shelby Mayle knocked her home three pitches later on a ground out to third to give LHS the early 1-0 advantage.


Porter Breaks Tie with Go-Ahead Double

Samantha's Grill AdMassillon tied the game up in the top of the third. Senior centerfielder Kyra Woods doubled to begin the inning and senior second baseman Anna Berry singled with two outs. On the next pitch, Berry advanced to second via defensive indifference to put both runners into scoring position. Freshman shortstop Lea Newman brought them both home with a 2-run game-tying single to left field to knot the game at 2-2.

Jenny Can Cleaning AdThe Leopards reclaimed the lead with a little two-out magic of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Collins singled to begin the frame but was left stranded at first following the next two at-bats. Finally, left fielder Katie Porter delivered with a 2-out, RBI double on a fly ball to left that scored Collins from first base. That extra base knock put Louisville back in front 3-2.


Louisville Builds a 7-2 Lead

The Lady Leopards expanded their lead to 7-2 after stringing together a 4-run fifth inning. Benson doubled and came home via a sacrifice fly by center fielder Kaylee Nolte. Collins then reached on error scoring Mayle, who singled earlier in the inning, from second. Stillwagon cleared the bases and the fences on the next pitch to give LHS a five run cushion.

The Lady Tigers inched closer when senior left fielder Jada Regula hit a 2-run home run with no one out in the top of the seventh. But Louisville starting pitcher Cloie Ensley retired the next three WHS batters to earn her first victory in the circle. 


Leopards Vs. Tigers Softball Series

With the victory, Louisville has now won six straight over Massillon dating back to 2009 and also the last five straight in the series played at home since 2001. The Lady Leopards are now 20-9 against the Lady Tigers all-time, which includes a 10-2 record in games played at LHS.

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My Fit Life Personal Trainer Side AdWith the win, Louisville Head Coach Andrea Bratcher is now tied with Jeff Couto (74-66 .529 from 1994-1999) for the third most coaching wins in Lady Leopards softball history. Bratcher is now 74-11 (.871) in her fourth season at the helm of LHS.

UP NEXT: The Louisville Leopards Softball Team will next travel to face the East Canton Hornets on Tuesday, March 30 at 5:00 PM.


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VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 7, TIGERS 4

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Massillon 002-000-2–4-6-1

Louisville 200-140-X–7-8-1

MASSILLON TIGERS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Anna Berry311000
Lea Newman301200
Jayda Harrison300001
Ahna Els301000
Jada Regula311201
Addie Harper300000
Kyra Woods312000
Jersie Knight300000
Alyssa Simmons200000
Reese Bachtel010000
Totals2646402
Batting

2B: Kyra Woods
HR: Jada Regula
TB: Anna Berry, Lea Newman, Jada Regula 4, Kyra Woods 3, Ahna Els
RBI: Lea Newman 2, Jada Regula 2
ROE: Ahna Els

Totals

Team QAB: 11 (42.31%)
Anna Berry, Lea Newman, Jada Regula 2, Kyra Woods 3, Jersie Knight 2, Ahna Els, Alyssa Simmons

Team LOB: 1

Fielding

E: Lea Newman

MASSILLON TIGERS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Jersie Knight6.075.680874102
Totals6.075.680874102
Pitching

L: Jersie Knight
Pitches-Strikes: Jersie Knight 75-51
Groundouts-Flyouts: Jersie Knight 5-12
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Jersie Knight 15-27

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS

LineupABRHRBIBBSO
Matti Benson323000
Shelby Mayle311100
Kaylee Nolte200100
Jenna Collins332100
Lauren Stillwagon311201
Brooke Brendle300000
Katie Porter301100
Kat Frase300000
Kenzi Denzer300000
Cloie Ensley
Brooke Haren
Kendra Thomas
Totals2678601
Batting

2B: Matti Benson 2, Katie Porter
HR: Jenna Collins, Lauren Stillwagon
TB: Matti Benson 5, Jenna Collins 5, Shelby Mayle, Katie Porter 2, Lauren Stillwagon 4
RBI: Jenna Collins, Shelby Mayle, Kaylee Nolte, Katie Porter, Lauren Stillwagon 2
SF: Kaylee Nolte
ROE: Jenna Collins
SB: Matti Benson 2

Totals

Team QAB: 11 (40.74%)
Matti Benson 3, Jenna Collins 2, Kaylee Nolte 2, Katie Porter 2, Lauren Stillwagon 2

Team LOB: 2

Fielding

E: Kat Frase
DP: Kat Frase, Shelby Mayle

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS

PitchingIP#PS%HRERSOBBHR
Cloie Ensley7.068.794644201
Kendra Thomas0.00.000000000
Totals7.068.794644201
Pitching

W: Cloie Ensley (1-0)
Pitches-Strikes:
 Cloie Ensley 68-54, Kendra Thomas 0-0
Groundouts-Flyouts: Cloie Ensley 4-12, Kendra Thomas 0-0
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Cloie Ensley 19-26, Kendra Thomas 0-0

Records: Louisville 1-1

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