Lady Leopards Rally Back from Down 5-0 to Top Tuslaw – Softball
Louisville 9, Tuslaw 5
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The Louisville Leopards Varsity Softball Team rallied back from a 5-run deficit to defeat the visiting Tuslaw Mustangs 9-5 Tuesday Evening at West Main Vet Clinic Field. With the victory, Louisville improves to 2-2 to begin the new season.
Leopards Erase Deficit with 6-Run 4th
The Lady Mustangs built a 5-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, but the Lady Leopards erased it all with their biggest inning of the season. Louisville scored 6 runs in the bottom of the fourth to snatch the lead from Tuslaw.
Junior shortstop Matti Benson led off the frame with a solo home run to center field to get the Leopards on the board. For Benson, it was her second dinger of the season and her 20th career varsity homer overall.
Freshman second baseman Kaitlin Twinem and freshman first baseman/pitcher Anna Sirohman followed with back-to-back singles. Freshman left fielder Maggie Baker was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Junior pitcher/first baseman Katie Heath singled home Twinem in the next at-bat to cut the deficit to 5-2.
Sophomore designated hitter Chay Cline shrunk the difference even further with a 2-run double to center that brought home Sirohman and Baker. Two batters later, junior third baseman Kenzi Denzer cleared the bases with a 2-out, 2-run triple to right field to put Louisville in front 6-5. Heath and Cline scored on the play.
Louisville Tacks on 3 More in 6th
Both teams were retired in order in the fifth inning. In the top of the sixth, Sirohman faced the minimum after the Lady Leopards turned a 1-3-6 Sirohman to Heath to Benson double play to end the frame.
In the bottom half of the sixth, freshman pinch hitter Taylor Thompson smashed her first varsity home run over the fence in right field. The 2-run shot put Louisville further in command leading 8-5. A few batter’s later, Twinem doubled home Benson to cushion the Leopard further.
Sirohman Notches 1st Win
Sirohman pitched 4.1 innings in relief, allowed 3 runs on 4 hits, and struck out 3 to notch the first victory of her varsity career.
Sirohman also went 2-for-4 at the plate as Louisville out-hit Tuslaw 10-8 for the game. Cline and Twinem finished with multi-hit games for LHS as well.
Tuslaw Builds 5-0 Lead Early On
The Mustangs were led by junior pitcher/first baseman Cam Kiefer who batted 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Senior second baseman Kaitlyn Mazzocca also hit a solo homer in the opening frame scoring the first of the 3 runs she recorded for Tuslaw.
Senior third baseman Brooklyn Mazzocca and Kiefer registered RBI singles in the third and fourth innings. The Mustangs final run came when senior left fielder Madeline McBride walked with the bases loaded plating junior catcher Kylie Johnson from third. Johnson would also finish with a multi-hit game for THS, going 2-for-3 at the dish.
Leopards Win 4th Straight Vs. Mustangs
The Leopards have now defeated the Mustangs in 4 consecutive meetings. The three previous meetings in the series all came at the George Duhon Memorial Tournament at Massillon’s Genshaft Park from 2017-2019.
Louisville now leads the all-time series 4-1 overall with the lone loss coming at Tuslaw 5-2 on April 30, 1990.
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UP NEXT: The Lady Leopards will next host the Jackson Polar Bears on Friday, April 7 at 5:00 PM.
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Tuslaw at Louisville Varsity Softball Box Score
LEOPARDS 9, MUSTANGS 5
TUSLAW MUSTANGS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
|L Bucher (SS)||4||1||1||0||0||1|
|5 Hammontree (CF)||4||0||0||0||0||1|
|K Mazzocca (2B)||2||3||1||1||0||0|
|C Kiefer (P, 1B)||4||0||2||2||0||0|
|B Mazzocca (3B)||3||0||1||1||1||0|
|M McBride (LF)||2||0||0||1||2||0|
|I McCune (1B, P)||3||0||1||0||1||1|
|S Fox (RF)||4||0||0||0||0||0|
HR: K Mazzocca
TB: K Johnson 2, K Mazzocca 4, L Bucher 1, B Mazzocca 1, I McCune 1, C Kiefer 2
HBP: K Mazzocca 2
TUSLAW MUSTANGS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
HBP: C Kiefer
Pitches-Strikes: I McCune 31-26, C Kiefer 56-40
Batters Faced: I McCune 14, C Kiefer 17
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY BATTING STATS
|K Denzer (3B)||4||0||1||2||0||2|
|M Benson (SS)||2||2||1||1||2||0|
|K Twinem (2B)||4||1||2||1||0||0|
|A Sirohman (1B, P)||4||1||2||0||0||0|
|B Haren (CF)||2||0||0||0||1||0|
|M Baker (LF)||2||1||0||0||0||0|
|K Heath (P, 1B)||3||1||1||1||0||1|
|C Cline (F10)||3||1||2||2||0||0|
|O Mongiardo (F10)||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|A Campbell (C)||2||0||0||0||0||0|
2B: K Twinem, C Cline
3B: K Denzer
HR: M Benson, T Thompson
TB: K Heath 1, M Benson 4, A Sirohman 2, T Thompson 4, K Twinem 3, C Cline 3, K Denzer 3
HBP: M Baker
E: B Haren, K Denzer
LOUISVILLE LEOPARDS SOFTBALL VARSITY PITCHING STATS
WP: K Heath
HBP: K Heath, A Sirohman
Pitches-Strikes: K Heath 48-27, A Sirohman 67-43
Batters Faced: K Heath 15, A Sirohman 21
Records: Louisville 2-2