After an eventful couple of innings, Kossuth was able to bring out the brooms once again.
Louisville scored five runs in the fourth and got the potential go-ahead run to the plate in the last of the seventh before a strikeout sealed the Aggies’ 8-6 win on Friday.
With the sweep, Kossuth’s seventh in 10 series dating back to the 2012 playoffs, Kossuth (16-10) punch its ticket to next week’s North semifinal round.
• At Jesse Bynum Field, Corinth (14-11) evened its series with Lafayette County with a 6-5 win in nine innings. Kerrigan Maness provided the dramatics with a walk-off single.
The series returns to Oxford tonight for the decisive second-round game.
Kossuth 8, Louisville 6
The Aggies -- who have won 12 of their last 13 playoff games, including eight straight -- will face Water Valley in third-round action. The Blue Devils sweep their mascot namesake Booneville in second-round action.
Charlie Bonee paced Kossuth’s offensive output, going 3-for-4 while knocking in four runs. Matthew Woodruff went 2-for-4 and drove in two more digits.
Kossuth sent eight men to the plate in scoring three runs in its initial at-bat. The Aggies loaded the bases on walks and hit batsmen before Zack Walker drew a bases-loaded free pass.
The lone hit in the inning was huge, as Bonee’s two-out single to left plated a pair and made it 3-0 in favor of the host club.
Kossuth doubled its lead in the third. Woodruff drove in a run with a single, and following a Walker sac bunt, Bonee sent two more home with a two-bagger to left.
Louisville awoke in the fourth. After getting just two baserunners on through three, the Wildcats sent nine men to the plate and chased starter Nikolas Wilcher and reliever Hunter Swindle in the process.
With the lead trimmed to 6-5 and runners at first and second with just one out, Elijah Potts came on and induced a 4-6-3 double play on his first pitch.
Kossuth got two runs back in its half. Woodruff accounted for the first run with his second knock of the game, and Walker added the final digit on a sac fly to right.
The Aggies got eight hits and got eight other runners on via walk or hit by pitch. Jacob Wilcher, who had eight RBI in the series-opening win against O’Bannon, had just one official at-bat after walking once and getting plunked twice.
Kossuth 8, Louisville 6
Game 2 @ Kossuth
Louisville 000 500 1 -- 6 8 2
Kossuth 303 200 -- 8 9 0
WP: Elijah Potts. LP: Nicholson.
Multiple Hits: (L) Triplett 2. (K) Charlie Bonee 3, Matthew Woodruff 2. 2B: (K) Bonee.
Record: Kossuth 16-10.