Athletes Of The Week

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Independence Patriots


PJ Chiles – The senior went 2-3 in the Patriots 8-7 win over Butler. He now leads the team with 21 hits, 16 singles, 4 doubles, 1 triple, along with .375 BA. His OBP .470, SLG% .482, and .952 OPS to lead the Patriots.

Cole Coates – The Indy hurler earned the win on the mound tossing two and two thirds innings, while allowing one run, one hit, and had four strikeouts for the victory.

Girl’s Softball: 

Sarah Johnson – The junior went 7-12 (.583) 3 doubles, 4 RBIs in three games for the week. On the season she is hitting .491, 28 hits, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, and 29 RBIs for the Patriots. Her OBP .580, SLG% .870, OPS 1.387 all outstanding.

Morgan Clark – The freshman a Bulldog on the mound for the Patriots is the teams top hurler a real workhorse and competitor picked up 3 wins, pitching 16 innings allowing 8 earned runs and accumulated 9 strikeouts for the Lady Patriots.

Elizabeth Garbark – Another Indy junior went 6-13 (.462) 2 doubles, 5 RBIs in three games, and pitched 3 solid innings in relief against Cox Mills allowing 6 hits, 4 earned runs, and had 2 strikeouts.

Butler Bulldogs:

Girl’s Softball: 

Demya Brown – The senior standout on Thursday night went 3-4, 4 RBIs, 2 doubles, 1 and blasted a home run in the Bulldogs 13-7 loss to the Patriots.

McKenna Thomas – Another Bulldog senior went 4-7(.571) with 1 RBI against the Lady Patriots in two games this week.

Queen’s Grant Stallions: 


Alwin Duran – The Stallions shortstop continues to lead the team with .561 BA, 23 hits, 33 RBIs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 home runs. His OBP .617, SLG% 1.121, OPS 1.739.

Julian Stegall – The junior hurler the workhorse for the Stallions on the mound had another solid performance in the 5-4 victory over Piedmont Community Charter to clinch 2nd place in conference competition. He pitched 6 innings, allowed 6 hits, 3 earned runs, totaled 7 strikeouts, and allowed only 2 base-on-balls. He picked up the win and now has 4-4 record on the season.

Emanuel Abreu – Another junior pitcher the on the staff, pitched 3 innings this week in relief, he allowed just 1 earned run. At bat he went 5-8 (.625) with 1 RBI for the Stallions.

Girl’s Softball: 

Abi Sawyers – In the Lady Stallions big non-conference win over Charlotte Latin Sawyers pitched an outstanding complete game. In 7 innings she allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, picked up 11 strikeouts while allowing 1 base-on-balls. She also blasted her 8th home run of the season and had 2 RBIs in the contest. She continues to lead the Stallions with a .593 BA, 35 hits and 50 RBIs.

Natalie Megale – The senior went 1-3 but belted a home run deep over the center field fence to drive in two runs on senior day. She packs .471 BA, 27 hits, 18 RBIs and packs a solid .552 OBP, .684 SLG%, OPS 1.236.

Reagan Cowick – The junior continues to produce for the Lady Stallions. She went 1-2 against the Hawks with 1 RBI. Then followed up 2-3 against the Lions from Hickory Grove Christian. On the season she has .566 BA, 30 hits, 21 RBIs, 8 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and an OPS 1.434.

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