This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

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Independence Patriots 


Emily Shaver – The junior is hitting .528 in 14 games with 17 runs, 19 hits, 5 RBI’s, 7 doubles, 1 triple with an OPS 1.383.

Maya Douglas – The freshman standout is batting .429 in 14 games with 16 runs, 14 hits, 8 RBI’s including 3 doubles, 1 triple and 1 home run.  Her OPS is 1.264 for the Lady Patriots.

Brianna Grant – The hard hitting junior went 3-4 with a double against Central Cabarrus and picked up 5 RBI’s during the week.  She is also batting .378 with 7 doubles, 2 triples with an OPS 1.048 in 14 games.

Honorable Mention: Junior Anna Easter .395 batting average, 15 hits, 12 RBI’s, 7 doubles, OPS 1.031. Kingsley Reardon .385 batting average, 16 hits, 4 doubles, OPS .954.  Abrianna Berry is hitting .368, 14 hits, 3 doubles, 2 triples, OPS 1.005.

Queens Grant Stallions


John Orlowski – The senior pitched 5.2 innings against Pine Lake Prep giving up only one earned run.  He also went 3-3 with 2 RBI’s in the loss for the Stallions.

Andy Duran – The talented and much improved sophomore went 2-2 while smacking a triple and home run for the Stallions recently.

Butler Bulldogs


Kyle Ziefert – The junior outfielder in 15 games is batting .404 with 17 runs, 19 hits, 6 RBI’s, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 7 stolen bases, with an OPS .989 for the Bulldogs.

Grayson Chesser –  The junior infielder in 13 games is hitting an even.400 with 8 runs, 12 hits, 13 RBI’s including 6 doubles.  He has an OPS 1.024 leading the team.


Emily Sherman – The talented freshman continues to lead the Lady Bulldogs in 13 games with a batting average of .538, with 21 hits.  She has 13 runs, 10 RBI’s, with an OPS 1.258.

Hannah Harmon – The junior is hitting .528 with 19 hits, 11 runs, 9 RBI’s, 2 doubles, 1 triple with an OPS 1.224 in all 13 games for the lady Bulldogs.

Honorable Mention:  Senior Kate Smith in 11 games is hitting .500, 17 hits with an OPS 1.232.  Junior McKenzie Silva in 11 games has a .484 batting average with 15 hits, 18 RBI’s, and an OPS 1.338.

Rocky River Ravens 


Jared Carter – The senior is hitting a team leading .385, with 10 stolen bases.  He has 11  runs, 15 hits, 3 RBI’s with an OPS .997 for the Ravens.

Jaylon Sharpe – The junior has come on lately increasing his batting average to .302, he has 13 runs, 13 hits, 7 RBI’s, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 7 stolen bases with an OPS.781.

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