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Minerva has one more chance to win a league championship.
Needing a win to secure the schools first-ever Northeastern Buckeye Conference title in baseball, the Lions were beaten by Louisville 9-3.
The Leopards scored five runs in the first two innings, and clinched the win with four runs in their final at bat.
Brock Croston drove in two runs to lead Minerva. Connor Wright collected two hits, an RBI and scored once, and Dominic Slentz and Evan Hertel each had a base hit and run scored.
Wright pitched all seven innings, giving up nine earned runs on 15 hits. He struck out fur and walked one.
West Branch and and Minerva (16-7, 10-3) are tied atop the league standings with 10-3 records. Both have one game remaining - Minerva against Louisville and West Branch versus Alliance.
The Leopards are 8-3 and have three remaining NBC games.
River View - 3
Minerva - 2
Earlier in the week, Minerva suffered a 3-2 defeat to River View in a Division II East sectional final contest.
Thanks to several questionable calls by the men in blue, the Black Bears broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the sixth inning.
The Lions rallied in their half of the sixth as Hertel stroked a two-run double, plating Croston and Slentz.
Slentz was nearly unhittable during his five innings of work, allowing no runs on three hits, striking out three.
Wright came on in relief and suffered his first loss of the season. The junior gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits.
Dakota Romano went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. Also collecting hits were Shane Walters, Croston, Slentz, Jake Stewart and Wright.