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    Independence pounded out 15 hits in a 15-0 six-inning win at Lutheran West on Thursday.

    The Blue Devils have now outscored their opponents 36-0 in their last two games.

    “Everyone hitting was pivotal in our win today,” said Independence junior Natalie George. “It’s just good to know all our practice and hard work pays off. Seeing all that work off the field transferring into our games is a great feeling.”

    After a scoreless first inning, Independence scored two runs in the top of the second and added five in the third. Single runs in the fourth and fifth pushed Independence’s lead to 9-0 heading into the sixth.

    A six-run inning allowed Independence to invoke the run rule.

    George finished the game 3-for-4 with two triples, two runs scored, and she knocked in five runs.

    “When I got to the plate today I was just ready to have some fun,” she said. “I’ve been really focused on being selective at the plate. Today, I found the ones that I liked and stepped up with the same confidence every at-bat.”

    The extra-base hits were satisfying but George was most pleased with her ability to drive in runs.

    “Hitting in those runs just solidifies my confidence even more,” she said. “Later in the season, every run is going to matter, so in those pressure situations knowing I am able to be there for my team is the most rewarding feeling.”

    Ashleigh Porter went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI and Anna Weber was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

    Sophie George, Cat Rieger, Tiffani Niro, Macey McGhee, Ally Biondi, and Paige Priebe also had hits for the Blue Devils, who improved to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in league play.

    Porter threw five scoreless innings to earn the pitching victory. She allowed three hits and struck out four. Biondi threw a scoreless sixth inning and fanned two.

    Independence hosts Green on Friday.

    Kristen Zak had two of Lutheran West’s three hits.

    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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