Friday, October 22

    Blue Devils back on track


    It’s been a tough week for the Independence softball team with two extra-inning losses, but the Blue Devils got back on track with a 22-2 win at Cardinal on Thursday.

    “After two tough extra-inning losses, it was good for our confidence to get the win today,” said senior shortstop Morgan Pascarella. “It was really important for us to keep our heads up and come out strong. Losses are tough but it’s what happens after, that shows our team’s true character.”

    Cardinal struck first when leadoff hitter Haley Domen was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the first inning and scored on a Kelsi Collins double.

    The Blue Devils responded with a 16-run second inning and they added six more in the third to end it.

    Alyssa Pallini led the Blue Devils at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a run batted in. Pascarella was 1-for-1 with a double, three runs scored and she collected four RBI. Natalie George had one hit and three RBI, and Cayla Mazzola also had a hit and a pair of RBI.

    Tiffani Niro picked up the win in the circle.

    She allowed one earned run on three hits and struck out five.

    “It was great to see everyone play their part in our win today,” Pascarella said. “Everyone did their job and we plan to continue doing that throughout the rest of the season.”

    Briana Doolittle and Hailey Keller also had hits for Cardinal.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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