Louisville Rallies Past North Canton Hoover 8-5 – Softball
Louisville 8, North Canton Hoover 5
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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team scored six unanswered runs in their come from behind 8-5 victory over the visiting North Canton Hoover Vikings Thursday Evening at West Main Vet Clinic Field. The victory snaps the Lady Leopards five-game losing streak as they improve to 5-10 on the year.
Benson Goes Yard in Opening Inning
North Canton got on the board first with a pair of runs in the opening frame. Both runs came via sophomore third baseman Sadie Carroll’s one out, two-run single that brought home sophomore shortstop Tess Bucher and senior center fielder Faith Reicosky.
The Leopards matched the Vikings in the bottom half of the first inning. Sophomore third baseman Kenzi Denzer led off the Louisville first with a double. Then sophomore shortstop Matti Benson followed with a two-run home run to right field.
The homer was Benson’s team leading fifth of the season, all of which have come in the last seven games.
Denzer Hits Game-Tying 3-Run Homer
Hoover retook the lead in the second inning when junior designated hitter Anna Jones cleared the fences with a solo shot to left field.
The Lady Vikings added on to their lead with two more runs in the third inning. Freshman left fielder Sydnee Koosh singled home senior catcher Faith Kiko for the first run. Then senior first baseman Lynae Foster drove in Carroll to put North Canton in front 5-2.
The Lady Leopards didn’t scored in the third, but mounted a rally in the fourth inning. Junior second baseman Shelby Mayle reached base on an error and freshman left fielder Matti Adams followed with a single. Two batters later, Denzer smacked a game-tying three-run home run to center field to knot the game at 5-5. The homer was Denzer’s fourth of the season.
Collins and Brendle Go Back-to-Back
Neither team scored again until the bottom of the sixth. Denzer began the inning with a walk to represent the go-ahead run. Two batters later, senior first baseman Jenna Collins smashed a two-run home run to left field to give Louisville its first lead of the game at 7-5. Two pitches later, senior catcher Brooke Brendle followed with a solo bomb to left field to give the Leopards an 8-5 cushion.
Louisville has now belted 21 homers as a team this season. For Collins it was her fifth home run of the season matching her with Benson for the team lead. For Brendle, it was her fourth homer of the year matching her with Brendle.
Heath Earns Victory In The Circle
Leopard sophomore pitcher Katie Heath closed out the Vikings in the seventh to secure the victory in the circle.
She pitched a complete game, gave up three earned runs on eight hits, and struck out three.
Louisville Out-Hits Hoover 10-8
Louisville out-hit North Canton 10-8 for the game. Collins led all batters with three hits, while Benson and Denzer also recorded multi-hit games at the plate for the Lady Leopards.
Carroll and Koosh finished with a pair of hits each for the Lady Vikings.
Leopards Vs. Vikings Softball History
With the victory, Louisville has now won three of their last five matchups with Hoover. The Vikings defeated the Leopards twice in 2021, but LHS won the two meetings before that in 2018 and 2019.
North Canton still leads the all-time series 41-7.
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UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next travel to take on the Jackson Polar Bears on Friday, April 29 at 5:00 PM.
Cover Photo By The Louisville Herald
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LEOPARDS 8, VIKINGS 5
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Records: Louisville 5-10