Sunday, February 25

    Blue Devils improve to 4-0


    Independence pounded out 13 hits in a 13-0 five-inning win over visiting Lutheran West on Wednesday.

    With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 4-0 on the year.

    “I feel as if everyone brought something to the plate and we feed of each other’s energy,” said first baseman Anna Weber, who was 3-for-3 on the day. “We all seem to fall into a slump and then learn from each other if a pitch was high, low, inside, outside. It’s exciting to see everyone come together and get excited for one another.”

    Independence scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning.

    Alyssa Pallini and Natalie George hit back-to-back singles and Ashleigh Porter reached on an error. Morgan Pascarella then singled home one run and Weber also hit an RBI single.

    The Blue Devils added another in the second when Pallini led off with a single and stole second. She scored on Porter’s triple.

    Weber’s one-out double in the third sparked a six-run rally. Tiffani Niro then singled to push Independence’s lead to 5-0. Sophie George singled and Niro scored on a wild pitch. Pallini then drew a walk and Natalie George and Porter hit back-to-back singles followed by a Pascarella double.

    A three-run fourth allowed the Blue Devils to invoke the run rule.

    Weber led off that inning with a single, her third hit of the day.

    “We all practiced our swing and coach really emphasized the fact that I have long arms and I was just standing too close to the plate,” Weber said. “I learned and adjusted and took a step back and extended my arms to get my full power.”

    Pallini, Natalie George, Porter, and Pascarella all finished the game with two hits. Pallini scored four runs and walked twice.

    “At the plate, we all pulled through and in our conference, that’s what’s going to have to be done to move forward and win our conference,” Weber said.

    Porter allowed just three hits and struck out six in her complete-game victory.

    Independence hosts Kirtland on Friday.

    Steve Hare
    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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