Lady Patriots defeat Myers Park 11-1 at home

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The lady patriots defeated Myers Park in a conference match-up on their home field. The scoring started with the Myers Park catcher Bree Rockingham hitting a solo home run down the left field line just inside the foul pole, giving the mustangs an early 1-0 lead off starting pitcher and Indy ace Leah Renn.

However, in the bottom of the first inning, Anna Easter started the scoring with a an RBI double, then Kingsley Reardon singled in Easter, giving the patriots a 2-1 lead.  The next batter, hard hitting Olivia Pauldin, doubled scoring Reardon for the RBI.  The mustang catcher allowed a passed ball, advancing Pauldin to third base, then Huntleigh Williams hit a sharp ground ball that went under the glove of the third baseman, scoring the runner and giving the patriots a 4-1 lead going into the second inning.

Lady Patriots celebrating game ending winning run in sixth inning.

Myers Park went down quietly in the second, as Leah Renn was sharp today.  In the bottom of the inning, the patriots padded their lead with three more runs.  A double by Kendall Anderson and an RBI single by Brianna Grant started the scoring. After a walk to Anna Easter and two subsequent fly-outs, Olivia Pauldin hit a rocket to right center for her second consecutive double, scoring Easter from first base to end the scoring, givingIndy a commanding 7-1 advantage.

Indy starter Leah Renn kept putting up goose eggs and only allowed two hits in 4 innings of work with one strike-out.  In the bottom half of the inning with one out, Leah Renn singled to right and took second base when the right fielder misplayed the ball. The next batter hit a fly to left for the out, then the mustangs pitched carefully to Olivia Pauldin and she worked a base on balls. Now with runners on first and second, Huntleigh Williams smacked a double to left center to empty the bases, extending the patriot lead to 9-1.

In the top of the fifth inning, Kayla Douglas took over the pitching and had a shaky start.  With the bases loaded after two walks in the inning and two outs, Douglas was able to get Bree Rockingham to pop-out to first base to end the Mustang’s threat.  The bottom of the fifth, Indy added an unearned run to increase their lead to 10-1.

In the top of the sixth, Kayla Douglas allowed runners on second and third with one out for the Mustangs.  She was able to pitch out of this jam by getting a shallow fly-out to left, and an inning ending strike-out avoiding any damage.  In the bottom of the frame with Huntleigh Williams on second base, Abrianna Berry followed with another double to end the game, scoring Williams and giving Indy an 11-1 victory after six innings of the contest.

The lady patriots hammered 15 hits with Huntleigh Williams going 2-4 with 3 RBI’s, Olivia Pauldin 2-3, 2 RBI’s, Brianna Grant 3-4, 1 RBI, and Abrianna Berry 2-4 with a ribbie.  Leah Renn picked up the win for Indy.

The day before, the lady patriots crushed Vance High School 21-0 after three innings of play at home, and will face Rocky River on Friday.  Independence is now 8-1 overall, and 4-1 in conference, with their only loss coming in the hands of conference rival Porter Ridge.



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