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    Stamp leads Independence to big win over Western Reserve Academy

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    Andrew Stamp delivered the big hits in Independence’s 18-1 five-inning win over visiting Western Reserve Academy on Monday.

    The junior went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored, and he knocked in a team-high five runs.

    “It’s always great to be out there with the team,” Stamp said. “We have great chemistry, and everyone knows how to bring the energy. We thrive off that and will continue to bring that to any team standing in our way.”

    The Blue Devils took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

    Owen Jenks drew a leadoff walk and Anthony Sobonya singled him to third. Liam Jenks made it 1-0 with his RBI single and Ronin Tschetter loaded the bases with a single. Stamp added a two-run single and Sam Crooks later singled home another run that made it 4-0.

    After giving up a run to WRA in the top of the third, Independence blew the game open with 14 runs on eight hits and seven walks in the bottom half of the inning.

    Cy Jolliffe recorded a pair of RBI doubles and Crooks and Stamp each doubled in the inning.

    “At the plate, it’s just been to get my happy pitch,” Stamp said of his success at the plate. “I like the ball middle outside and that’s what I got. At the start of the season, I struggled but some simple changes have made a crazy difference at the plate.”

    Stamp also earned the pitching victory allowing one unearned run without yielding a hit. He struck out four. Jolliffe and Josh Peters each threw one inning and struck out two batters.

    “I went into the game with the mindset to just throw strikes,” Stamp said of his time on the mound. “We didn’t know much about the team going into the game, so it was just a go from there. The pitches were moving and as I settled, I found my groove.”

    Seven different Blue Devils recorded at least one hit in the win.

    Sobonya went 3-for-3, Crooks, Narduzzi, and Jolliffe each went 2-for-4, and Tschetter was 1-for-2.

     

     

     

     

    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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