CHARDON—Tiffani Niro and Sophie George both hit RBI singles to lead Independence to a 3-1 nonconference victory at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin on Saturday.

The Blue Devils scored two runs in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh to claim their 10th win of the season.


Cayla Mazzola drew a leadoff walk in the sixth and moved to second on George’s sacrifice bunt. Niro then singled to give the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead. Niro took advantage of three passed balls to score Independence’s second run.

NDCL cut its deficit in half when Sophia Rowan hit a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. The Blue Devils responded with an insurance run in the seventh.

Ashleigh Porter drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Following two strikeouts, George ripped a single into right field for a 3-1 lead.

Porter retired the Lions in order to close out the game. She allowed one earned run on four hits and struck out five.

Both teams had multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game.

A walk and an error in the first put Blue Devils at the corners but Independence couldn’t get the clutch hit to push across a run.

The Lions used an error to put a runner in scoring position in the bottom half of the inning but Porter slammed the door on that threat.

Niro doubled in the second and moved to third but was left stranded and the Blue Devils turned a double play in the bottom half of the inning to erase an NDCL leadoff single. Porter fielded a bunt and threw to Cat Rieger at first base for the second out of the inning. Rieger then threw home and caught the runner trying to score from third.

Porter hit a two-out double in the third but a fly-out ended that threat and the Blue Devils put two runners on in the fourth but NDCL pitcher Madi Dutton coaxed a groundout for the second out and struck out the final batter of the inning.

Dutton then led off the NDCL fourth with a single and moved to second. She was stranded there after a foul ball on a two-strike bunt attempt with two outs.

The Blue Devils finally broke the scoreless tie in the sixth.

Porter and George both finished the game 2-for-3 while Niro was 2-for-4.

Dutton, Giana Messina, Celia Anthony, and Rowan each had one hit for the Lions. Dutton allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out eight.

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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.