WELLINGTON—Independence’s bat were quiet in a 2-0 loss to Northwestern in a Division III district semifinal at Wellington Community Park on Tuesday.

The Blue Devils managed just three hits in the loss.


Northwestern broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth inning on a pair of blooping fly balls that found a hole in the defense.

The Huskies added another in the fifth when Ashleigh Porter beaned a batter with one out and Northwestern followed with a single and then scored the unearned run on a two-out error.

Briana Troyan collected four of Northwestern’s six hits out of the leadoff spot. The rest of Northwestern’s lineup went 2-for-22 against Porter, who finished with six strikeouts.

Despite Porter’s success in the circle, the Blue Devils couldn’t get the clutch hit when they needed it.

Cayla Mazzola, who finished 2-for-3, singled with one out in the third and moved to second on Tiffani Niro’s sacrifice, but Alyssa Pallini’s long drive to center was caught at the fence.

Anna Weber singled with two outs in the fourth inning but was stranded there.

Independence’s best scoring opportunity came in the fifth inning when Natalie George reached on an error and moved to second on Sophie George’s sacrifice. Mazzola then singled to put runners at the corners with one out. A strikeout and a groundout ended that threat.

Natalie George reached on an error in the bottom of the seventh but again the Blue Devils failed to deliver the clutch hit.

Mazzola finished the game with two hits while Weber had one. Natalie George reached on an error in two of her three at-bats, and Sophie George and Niro both had sacrifice bunts.

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The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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.