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    Independence wins pitcher’s duel against Aurora


    Victoria Sirna pitched a no-hitter and led to Independence’s only run in a 1-0 win over Aurora in a Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division showdown on Wednesday.

    Sirna walked one and struck out three to pick to help the Blue Devils improve to 10-3 overall and 5-1 in league play.

    “She had five days off and when you can rest it makes a big difference,” said Independence coach Garry Moore. “She hit her locations today.”

    With Sirna firing on all cylinders, the Blue Devils’ defense only had to make the routine plays. Sirna forced Aurora’s hitters into 15 ground balls.

    Freshman second baseman Sophia Trombetta alone accounted for nine outs. She had eight assists and one put out.

    “We played good defense,” Moore said. “The defense made all the plays. They were all ground balls and they made them. That’s what you have to do to win ball games.”

    Independence scored the only run of the game in the fourth when Sirna singled and moved to second on Halle Dorko’s base hit. Sophia Piteo came in to run for Sirna and scored on Kim Rega’s single.

    “Vic and Halle both have been struggling a little bit so it’s good to see them get hits,” Moore said. When you’re going against Aurora, they brought in Nicole Doyle (a Southern Illinois signee) in the sixth, they’re pitching is really good and she just shut us down.”

    Independence hosts Wickliffe 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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