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Louisville 17, Minerva 7, 6 Innings

The Louisville Leopards Varsity Baseball Team defeated the visiting Minerva Lions 17-7 in 6 Innings Tuesday Evening at the Field of Beatty's Sports Blue Shirt Under Armour Spring 2017Dreams. With their 11th consecutive regular season victory, Louisville improves to 20-7 overall and moves into a first place tie with West Branch in the NBC Standings with a conference record of 10-3.

Brody Hahn batted 4-for-4 with a rare 3-run single and 2 runs scored to lead the Leopards offensive explosion. Davis Burick also ripped 2 doubles to drive in 3 runs and Bryce Zuppe scored 3 runs to go along with 3 RBIs.


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Louisville blew the game open with an 8-run second inning just one game after they put together a 7-run inning at Salem on Grove Appliance Alliance Ohio AdSaturday. Minerva cut the lead to 8-5 over the next two innings, but the Leopard offense kept the train rolling with 9 more runs over the final three innings.

Eight different Louisville batters pounded out 15 hits as a team. Casey Nau and Corey White each had 2 hits and drove in 2 runs. Cam King also had a pair of singles and an RBI for the Leopards. 

On the mound, Carson Davis earned his team-leading fifth win of the season. Davis (5-2) pitched a complete game throwing 6 innings and striking out 7.

Jacob Stewart hit a 3-run double as part of the Lions 4-run fourth inning. Danny Common, Brock Croston, and Connor Wright all recorded RBIs for Minerva as well. The Lions finish their season 16-8 overall and 10-4 in the NBC. Their only chance at an NBC Title is a 3-way tie if Alliance beats both Louisville and West Branch in back-to-back days. 

Battling all the way back from a rough start to the season, the Leopards now control their fate. If they defeat the Aviators at Craven Field Wednesday they will clinch at least a share of their sixth NBC Title and first since 2011. A win tomorrow at Alliance coupled with a West Branch loss at Alliance on Thursday would give Louisville the league championship outright. 

UP NEXT: The Leopards will conclude their season at Alliance against the Aviators on Wednesday, May 17 at 5:00 PM. A victory will give Louisville their first Baseball NBC Title since 2011.

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VARSITY BOX SCORE

LEOPARDS 17, LIONS 7, 6 INNINGS

Team 123-456-7–R-H-E

Minerva 001-420–7-6-3

Louisville 080-432–17-15-2

MINERVA LIONS VARSITY BATTING

LineupABRHRBIBBK
Connor Wright300101
Jack Hanley311000
Brock Croston221111
Danny Common311101
Dakota Romano210000
Shane Walters300000
Dominic Slentz221001
Evan Hertel201001
Cole Maley100001
Jacob Stewart301301
Alex Kimble
Totals2476617
Batting

2B: Jack Hanley, Jacob Stewart
TB: Jack Hanley 2, Dominic Slentz, Evan Hertel, Danny Common, Brock Croston, Jacob Stewart 2
RBI: Connor Wright, Danny Common, Brock Croston, Jacob Stewart 3
FC: Jacob Stewart
HBP: Dominic Slentz, Dakota Romano
SB: Brock Croston, Jacob Stewart

Totals

Team QAB: 11 (40.74%)
Jack Hanley, Dominic Slentz 2, Connor Wright 2, Danny Common, Brock Croston 2, Shane Walters, Jacob Stewart 2

Team LOB: 2

Fielding

E: Alex Kimble, Connor Wright, Danny Common
DP: Jack Hanley, Dominic Slentz, Danny Common, Shane Walters

MINERVA LIONS VARSITY PITCHING

PitchingIP#PS%HRERKBBHR
Dominic Slentz1.140.550677010
Connor Wright3.294.660788320
Dakota Romano0.225.480220020
Totals5.2159.604151715350
Pitching

L: Dominic Slentz
HBP: Dominic Slentz, Connor Wright 2
WP: Connor Wright 2
Pitches-Strikes: Dominic Slentz 40-22, Connor Wright 94-62, Dakota Romano 25-12
Groundouts-Flyouts: Dominic Slentz 0-3, Connor Wright 5-2, Dakota Romano 1-1
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Dominic Slentz 4-11, Connor Wright 13-21, Dakota Romano 2-7

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY BATTING

LineupABRHRBIBBK
Tyler Adams220010
Bryce Zuppe231330
Casey Nau422201
Brody Hahn424300
Corey White422201
Davis Burick412300
Cam King412100
Cameron Prasco010000
Brendan Hoffman411000
Max Hartline010000
Nate Mongiardo211001
Zack Yadrnak000010
Carson Davis
Totals3017151453
Batting

2B: Corey White, Brendan Hoffman, Davis Burick 2
TB: Brody Hahn 4, Casey Nau 2, Corey White 3, Brendan Hoffman 2, Davis Burick 4, Cam King 2, Bryce Zuppe, Nate Mongiardo
RBI: Brody Hahn 3, Casey Nau 2, Corey White 2, Davis Burick 3, Cam King, Bryce Zuppe 3
SAC: Nate Mongiardo
ROE: Brendan Hoffman
HBP: Tyler Adams 2, Casey Nau
GIDP: Cam King
SB: Tyler Adams, Brody Hahn, Casey Nau, Bryce Zuppe
CS: Tyler Adams

Totals

Team QAB: 27 (69.23%)
Tyler Adams 2, Brody Hahn 4, Casey Nau 2, Corey White 4, Brendan Hoffman, Zack Yadrnak, Davis Burick 3, Cam King 3, Bryce Zuppe 4, Nate Mongiardo 3

Team LOB: 2

Fielding

E: Brody Hahn, Cam King

 

LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS VARSITY PITCHING

PitchingIP#PS%HRERKBBHR
Carson Davis6.096.635676710
Totals6.096.635676710
Pitching

W: Carson Davis
HBP: Carson Davis 2
WP: Carson Davis
Pitches-Strikes: Carson Davis 96-61
Groundouts-Flyouts: Carson Davis 8-2
First pitch strikes-Batters faced: Carson Davis 18-27

Records: Louisville 20-7, 10-3; Minerva 16-8, 10-4

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