2018 Independence Lady Patriots Softball Team

Independence Brianna Grant All-Conference, All-District player. (Ed Berti)
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The 2018 Girls Softball Team will be ready to compete in a tough conference this season.  This years version of Lady Patriots are a solid combination of experienced and talented players from last season and good young talent who are expected to make a contribution.

Lady Patriot smacking a base hit. (Ed Berti)

The Southwestern 4A Conference is loaded with some good ball clubs.  This includes Porter Ridge, Butler and newcomer into the conference Hickory Ridge.  The Lady Patriots won the Conference Championship Tournament in 2017 and graduated five seniors.  Returning players junior Brianna Grant will be a three year starter who was an All-Conference and All-District player batted .438, 19 RBI’s 7 doubles, 2 triples and 1 home run will lead the offense while playing a solid defense in the outfield.

Lady Patriot belting a solid hit. (Ed Berti)

Other key starters will be junior Anna Ester at third base who had 19 RBI’s and 8 doubles in 2017, sophomore Jaylin Adkins hit .448 last season, Abrianna Berry another sophomore who is excellent defensively behind the plate, is quick with a good arm, she made only three errors, will manage the pitching and handle the catching duties.  The teams number one pitcher will be Kayla Douglas who has good experience from last years campaign and newcomer Maya Douglas an outfielder and shortstop who has a strong bat, good arm, solid instincts and is a confident player is expected to make a significant impact for the Lady Patriots.

Lady Patriot at bat. (Ed Berti)

Coach Amanda Larry believes the team is ready to make the necessary commitment to have a successful season.  “Each player has their own strengths they bring to the team, they work hard, are dedicated and focused, seem very eager to get back to the top of the conference and repeat a tournament championship,” said Coach Larry.

2017 Southwestern Tournament Champions, 2018 goal.
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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran’s affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
Ed can be reached at ed@minthilltimes.com, eberti7777@gmail.com and linkedin.com.