Louisville Stamps Struthers 8-2 to Open Tournament – Baseball
#9 Louisville 8, #21 Struthers 2
The #9 Seed Louisville Leopards Baseball Team defeated the visiting #21 seed Struthers Wildcats 8-2 in the DII Louisville Sectional Semifinals Tuesday Evening at Andy Aljancic Field. With the victory, Louisville improves to 15-12 on the season and advances to take on the #2 seed Salem Quakers in the DII Louisville Sectional Finals on Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00 PM from Salem High School.
Morley Leads Leopards to Sectional Win
Sophomore pitcher Connor Morley pitched a complete game, allowed just 1 unearned run on 4 hits, and struck out 8 to lead the Leopards on the hill. He retired the side in the second, struck out the side in the sixth, and also worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning. He also fanned 5 of the final 6 batters he faced to end the game and earn his team best seventh victory of the season. Morley is now 7-2 on the year and has earned a winning decision in his last 5 starts on the mound.
Morley also helped his own cause at the plate with a 2-out, 2-run double in the bottom of the sixth to help Louisville open up an 8-2 lead. Senior pinch runners Evan Kroah and Colby Croxton both scored on the 2-out smash to center field.
Louisville Take the Lead and Build Upon It
Junior shortstop JT Popick recorded the Leopards only other extra-base hit on a double to left field to open the bottom of the first inning. Two batters later, senior designated hitter Broc Picken’s RBI groundout to the shortstop brought home Popick from third. Later in the inning, senior catcher Kaedin Gotshall also recorded an RBI groundout to short that plated sophomore center fielder Charlie Roberts to put Louisville in front 2-1.
Roberts would help add to the Leopard lead when he led off the bottom of the third with an infield single to the first for his second hit of the contest. Roberts then took second on a wild pitch and came home via senior first baseman Ryan Aljancic’s RBI single to left that made it 3-1. Gotshall followed with his second RBI groundout of the game that plated Pickens from third base to put LHS in front 4-1.
Seaman Scores on Straight Steal of Home
After Struthers cut the deficit to 4-2, Louisville answered with another pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Junior right fielder Zack Seaman manufactured the first Leopard run of the inning on his own. He singled to start the frame and then advanced to second and third base on consecutive wild pitches. In the next at bat, Seaman took off on an 0-1 pitch and Roberts was unable to connect on the bunt attempt. Seaman still slid in under the catcher’s tag for a rare straight steal of home plate to put LHS ahead 5-2.
Roberts Scores Thrice
Roberts fouled off the next pitch and then watched 4 straight balls to draw a 1-out walk. He then swiped second base to record his team best 22nd steal of the season while putting himself into scoring position. On the next pitch, Pickens singled on hard ground ball to left field and Roberts crossed the plate for his third run of the game to put Louisville up 6-2.
The Leopards out-hit the Wildcats 11-4 for the game. Aljancic, junior third baseman Caleb Miller, and Roberts all recorded multi-hit games for Louisville.
Struthers Scratches Out a Pair of Runs
Struthers recorded 2 of their 4 hits in the opening inning to take the early lead. Sophomore starting pitcher Alex Grzyb hit a 1-out double and then advanced to third on junior shortstop Drew Day’s infield single. Right fielder Ronnie Leonard then recorded the Wildcats only RBI of the contest on a ground out to first that scored Grzyb.
Leonard also scored Struthers only other run of the game in the top of the fourth. He walked to start the inning and then stole second. Then sophomore center fielder Olindo Pezzone grounded out to Popick at short and Leonard took off for third upon the release. The throw back across the diamond for a double play missed its mark and Leonard took home as a result.
10 Straight DII Sectional Wins at Home for LHS
This was the first ever meeting between the two teams on the diamond in known history. The Leopards have now won their tournament opener in each of the past three seasons since re-entering Division II in 2018. Louisville now holds a 29-25 record in Division II tournament play since 1991 and 47-48 record overall in our records dating back to 1972.
Leopards Head Coach Brian Warner is now 5-5 all-time in the postseason, which includes a 4-2 record when playing in Division II. Louisville has now won 10 consecutive home Division II sectional tournament games dating back to 2006.
UP NEXT: The #9 Seed Louisville Baseball Team will next travel to face the #2 seed Salem Quakers in the DII Louisville Sectional Finals on Wednesday, May 19. Game time is set for 5:00 PM from Salem High School.
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LEOPARDS 8, WILDCATS 2
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Records: Louisville 15-12