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    Independence Stamps out Wickliffe

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    WICKLIFFE—Andrew Stamp allowed just four hits and struck out 11 in Independence’s 4-0 win at Wickliffe in a battle of the Blue Devils on Monday.

    With the win, the Blue Devils extended their five-game winning streak and improved to 5-3 overall.

    “It started with Andrew Stamp and ended with Andrew Stamp,” said Independence coach Jim Crooks. “Boy, what a performance. He pounded the zone all day. I’m really happy for him. He set the tone for us defensively.”

    After Independence went down in order in the top of the first inning, Wickliffe’s Frankie Bucar led off the bottom half of the first with a single and moved to third on a groundout. That’s as close as the host Blue Devils would get to scoring as Stamp pitched out of the inning.

    Stamp allowed a leadoff double to Liam Widemire in the second but struck out the next three Wickliffe batters to end that threat, and he allowed just three Wickliffe baserunners the rest of the way.

    Independence got its offense going in the third.

    Josh Peters started a three-run rally by being hit by a pitch and Anthony Sobonya singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Sam Crooks followed with a two-run single, and Dom Narduzzi added an RBI single that gave Independence a 3-0 lead.

    The visiting Blue Devils added an insurance run in the sixth.

    Cy Jolliffe singled to start the inning and Anderson Jolliffe reached on an error with two outs that pushed the Blue Devil lead to 4-0.

    Widemire singled to start the Wickliffe seventh, but Stamp retired the next three batters to end the game.

    “We try to set ourselves up to compete all the time,” Coach Crooks said. “That is our theme this year, and when we do that, we can absorb a mistake here and there, but they’re never strung together. Our guys bounce back defensively, and I’m happy for that. We got timely hits against their pitcher and took advantage of the opportunities when they were presented for us to score some runs.”

    Cy Jolliffe finished the game 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Sam Crooks was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Sobonya and Narduzzi also recorded hits for the Blue Devils, who had four batters hit by a pitch.

    Widemire led Wickliffe with a 2-for-3 performance and Bucar and Chase Bonadio also had hits.

    Bucar suffered the pitching defeat after allowing two earned runs on five hits and fanning two. Brandon Henderson pitched the final two innings. He allowed one unearned run on one hit and struck out two.

    Independence travels to rival Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday.

    “Our boys are eager and ready to go,” Coach Crooks said. “We’ll be ready to compete against the Red Wolves, that’s for sure.”

     

     

    Steve Hare
    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    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.
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