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Lions fall to Louisville 17-7

By TODD REED treed@the-review.com Published: May 25, 2017 12:00 AM

With the battle for first place coming down to the final baseball game, Louisville pounded out 12 hits on its way to a 17-7 win over visiting Minerva.

The two teams came into the contest tied for first in the league standings. The Leopards improved to 11-3 in the NBC, and will share the team title with West Branch (11-3). The Lions fell into third place at 10-4.

Louisville exploded for eight runs in the second inning and looked as if it would cruise to the victory.

Minerva rallied for a run in the third and four more in the fourth to pull to within three.

Dominic Slentz led off the third inning with a base hit and later scored on Connor Wright's sacrifice fly to right.

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In the top of the fourth, Brock Croston drew a walk and scored on a single by Dan Common. Dakota Romano and Slentz both reached on a hit-by-pitch to load the bases.

Jake Stewart came through in the clutch with a bases clearing double to left.

Louisville responded with four runs in its half of the fifth, and were never threatened the rest way.

Slentz pitched the first one and 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs, five earned, on six hits.

Connor Wright went the next three and 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs, four earned, on four hits. He struck out three and walked two.

Romano pitched the final two-thirds of an inning, giving up two unearned runs on two hits and two walks.

Minerva ends its 2017 campaign with a 16-8 record.


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