Sunday, February 5, 2023

Blue Devils rely on offense to beat Cardinal

Offensively, Independence was at its best in a 16-8 win over Cardinal on Wednesday.

Defensively, it was another story.

“Defensively, it was the worst game of the year for us,” said Independence coach Steve Ambrose. “We had seven errors. We played very, very well for the last six games but defensively we came out there and didn't put up a good game. I have no problem saying we didn't play our best game but I'm happy with the girls. They fought hard and were able to pull out a win.”

Independence scored four runs in the bottom of the first, all with two outs.

Jenna Suhy led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a ground out. She scored on Sarah Piteo’s two-out double. Piteo scored on Maggie George’s single and Olivia Pallini, Mallory Trombetta and Neenah Costanzo all singled to make it 4-0.

The Huskies responded with five in the second.

Haley Adams drew a leadoff walk and Madysin Ciminello singled. Faith Peters then singled home two runs. Megan Baril’s two-out double cut Independence’s lead to 4-3. Allissa Nevison tied it with a single and she scored on Delaney Leichtman’s double to give the Huskies a 5-4 lead.

A nine-run third gave the Blue Devils the lead for good.

Suhy and Piteo both were 4-for-5 for the Blue Devils. Piteo also knocked in four runs.

“I think she's getting a little more comfortable,” Ambrose said of Piteo. “Some of the girls take a little longer to get comfortable and the more they play the better they're getting.”

Katie George, Maggie George and Pallini all had three hits for Independence.

Baril, Ciminello and Peters all had a pair of hits for Cardinal.

Independence improved to 9-4 overall and 6-2 in Chagrin Valley Conference play. Cardinal dropped to 5-7, 3-5.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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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