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Coach Ken Orsilio has a lot to be proud of this year when it comes to his Independence girl’s softball team. The squad has a record of 16-2 overall and 13-1 in the conference with its last regular season game this past Monday night against longtime rival Butler High School, which they won 10-0.
As they end the year in conference play and head into playoff territory, Coach Orsilio has high hopes for the team and his two brightest stars, Erin Standley and Katie Pearsall. The two have played together for years now, and their chemistry and experience playing together has really uplifted the team this year.
“They’ve played together for about eight years. Their playing so well together is great for the team” said Orsilio.
Orsilio speaks highly of Standley and her ability to give batters a change of pace.
“We’re blessed to have Erin. She mixes up her pitches very well and has been a good team leader as a senior.”
While her catcher, Pearsall has been a great anchor for the squad as well.
“She’s been playing great this year. I would say that she’s probably one of the best at her position in the county.”
Winning is a team effort though, and Coach Orsilio knows that you can’t just rely on the two if he expects to win come play-off time.
“We have some big bats and good pitching,” said Coach Orsilio about his teams chances in the post-season. “We have four pitchers, which is rare in fast pitch. If we keep our bats hot like we did in the middle of the season we’ll have a good chance come the playoffs.”
While they are not the Big 3, Independence does have a Big 2 in Katie Pearsall and Erin Standley. If all plays out well, the dynamic duo could push the girls to a state championship and bring another trophy home to the Big I.