Softball’s Winning Streak Halted at Hoover
North Canton Hoover 3, Louisville 0
The Louisville Lady Leopards Varsity Softball team was shutout by the host North Canton Hoover Vikings 3-0 at Goodpasture Stadium Wednesday Evening. The loss snaps Louisville’s 4-game winning streak as they fall to 12-6 on the year.
Peyton McKeever’s single to center in the third inning was the Leopards only hit during the first six innings of play off of Vikings pitcher Vesco. In the top of the seventh inning, Teagan Rice doubled to left-field after an 11-pitch at-bat. Two batters later, Emily Cantley singled to left field to put runners on the corners with 1 out for Louisville.
On the final play of the contest, North Canton relayed a 1-3-6 double play to end the game. Neither the Leopards or the Vikings committed a single error during a well-played softball game.
Hoover broke the stalemate in the bottom of the fourth inning. K Odonnell walked to start the frame and then advanced to third when Katie Yun doubled to left-center. Gina Tubo would groundout to second base in the next at-bat, but it was enough to get Odonnell across the dish to make it 1-0 Vikings.
North Canton threatened to make it a 2-run lead when Airianna Culler chopped the next pitch to the Louisville Shortstop. McKeever threw home to Leopards catcher Kaycee Ollis who applied the tag for the second out of the inning.
Ollis also put to bed an earlier Hoover threat when she threw out a Vikings base stealer to end the first inning. Rice applied the tag for the Leopards on that play.
North Canton padded their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Grace Cea dropped in a 2-run single into shallow left-center field. Yun and Culler both scored on the play. Cea and Yun both finished 2-for-3 on the evening to lead the Vikings.
In the circle, Kirsten Wharmby (2-2) pitched a complete game and fanned 5 for LHS. Vesco pitched a complete game and recorded 4 strikeouts for HHS.
With the loss, Louisville is now 0-23 when playing at North Canton all-time. The Vikings lead the all-time series 38-4 over the Leopards and have now won the last 6 meetings. Louisville is 1-3 against Federal League foes this season with Lake coming to town on Friday.
UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next travel to Alliance to take on the Aviators on Thursday, April 28 at 5:00 PM.
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