Leopards Thrash Quakers in Battle of Undefeateds – Varsity Softball
Louisville 10, Salem 0, 5 Innings
The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team blanked the visiting Salem Quakers 10-0 in 5 innings Thursday Evening at the Diamond of Dreams. With the win, Louisville improves to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in the NBC.
In the circle, Sarah Cantley faced the minimum in pitching a 1-hit shutout and striking out 11 to lead the Leopards. Cantley retired the first 12 Salem batters before surrendering an infield single to start the fifth. She also struck out the side in both the second and third innings.
Teagan Rice batted 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and 4 RBIs to lead the Lady Leopards offense. Rice cracked a 3-run double as part of a Louisville 7-run fourth inning and then later hit a walk-off double scoring Sydney McKeever for the game-ending run in the bottom of the fifth.
Kaycee Ollis got the scoring started in the opening inning with a 2-out solo homer to center. Ollis would finish 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored for Louisville. Lexi Zavarelle was also a perfect 3-for-3 at the dish with an RBI and 2 runs scored. Other highlights included an RBI single by Shae Thomas and a pair of stolen bases by courtesy runner Ashley Zifer.
The Quakers (5-1) were previously unbeaten coming into the contest with five straight wins over non-league opponents. Alyssa Laubaucher was the only baserunner for Salem on a lead-off infield single to start the fifth. Carner folllowed with a fielder’s choice, but the catching Ollis threw her out stealing second via the tag of Rice at Shortstop on a 1-1 pitch. Cantley earned her 6th swinging strikeout three pitches later to retire her 14th batter in 15 at-bats.
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VARSITY SOFTBALL BOX SCORE
LEOPARDS 10, QUAKERS 0, 5 INNINGS
SALEM QUAKERS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
SALEM QUAKERS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
Records: Louisville 2-0, 1-0; Salem 4-1, 0-1