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    Blue Devils remain undefeated with shut out of Perry


    Senior outfielder Nicole Ferrara sparked Independence to a 4-0 win over visiting Perry in a Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division game on Wednesday.

    The Blue Devils, who improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league play, scored a pair of runs in both the third and fifth innings and shut down the Pirates’ bats in the win.

    “We played very well,” said Independence coach Garry Moore. “Perry was solid. They have a new coaching staff and everything is new over there but they did very well.”

    Ferrara led off the Independence third with a single and moved to second on a ground ball by Katie George then scored on the first of Victoria Sirna’s two singles. Halle Dorko reached on a fielder’s choice and later scored to make it 2-0.

    It was Ferrara again that kick-started the Blue Devils’ offense in the fifth when she doubled. George drew a walk and both runners scored on Sirna’s second hit of the game.

    Ferrara finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a key catch in center field that took away an extra base hit.

    “She’s the engine that starts our team,” Moore said of Ferrara. “When she goes we go. She’s tough; she’s mentally and physically tough. She’s a quiet giant out there. She doesn’t say much, she just goes out and does her job.”

    Sirna recorded her second shutout of the season. She allowed just five hits and struck out seven in the complete game win.

    Freshman Kim Rega added another hit and Larissa Adams was 1-for-2 with a long double.

    “Kim Rega continues to hit the ball. She’s been (the designated player). She hasn’t seen the field much but she’ll pitch for us (on Thursday) at Kenston. She’s got a decent batting average right now,” Moore said. “Larissa missed a home run because the wind blew it foul but she crushed it. The second time, she did it again and it hits the top of the fence for a double.”

    Independence is at Kenston on Thursday.

    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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