Independence Softball beats Myers Park 5-1

Indy batter smacking a base hit. (Ed Berti)
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The Independence High School girls softball team won their second consecutive game of the week with a convincing 5-1 victory over the Lady Mustang’s.  The game started late due to a JV game and it became a challenge to complete the game which ended late and  darkness.  However, since the ball game was a key conference match up the officials were able to get all seven innings logged.

Patriots Jaylin Adkins in motion to deliver a fast ball. (Ed Berti)

In the first two innings and top third both teams were not able to mount any real offensive threats.  However, in the bottom of the third inning the home team broke through for two runs which was started by sophomore Kingsley Reardon who hit a single to left field, her teammates followed by smashing three consecutive singles to make the score 2-0 Indy.  In the fourth the Mustang’s had the bases loaded and were able to squeeze a run across when Indy had a runner picked off third base caught in a pickle, but a good throw by catcher Abrianna Berry was misplayed by shortstop Maya Douglas covering third base scoring the Mustang’s only run.  The Patriots pitcher Jaylin Adkins was able to get the next two batters out to end the inning with Indy holding on to a slim 2-1 advantage.

Indy’s Kingsley Reardon scores on play. (Ed Berti)

In the fifth inning the Lady Patriots were able to open up their lead by scoring two more runs.  With the lead off hitter on first base after a single, the next batter Maya Douglas drove a ball deep into the left center field gap one hop off the fence for a clean triple for the RBI.  Then with two outs, Brianna Grant smacked a line drive single to center for the second run.  After five innings Indy held a 4-1 edge.

In the sixth inning Indy struck again for an insurance run when Reardon socked her second base hit, then Emily Shaver drove a double into the gap scoring the runner from first base  giving Indy a comfortable 5-1 lead going into the seventh.  Adkins who pitched from the third inning replacing starter Kayla Douglas put the Mustang’s down in order to end the game to get the win.

Jaylin Adkins delivering a pitch. (Ed Berti)

Emily Shaver went 3-4 with 2 RBI’s Brianna Grant 2-3, 1 RBI, Adrianna Berry 2-4, 1 RBI, Maya Douglas 2-4, 1 RBI, and Mckenzie Grant went 1-2 for the Patriots.

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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.
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