This Week’s Outstanding Athletes

Local High School Sports.

Independence Patriots 

Baseball: 

Noah Howie – The senior leader had another good season for the Patriots hitting at a .358 pace, the solid outfielder, catcher had 24 hits, 27 runs, 7 doubles, 15 RBI’s, 14 walks, OBP .489, SLG .463, OPS .951 all while spending a lot of time behind the dish. In 105 total chances on the field he had 96 putouts, 2 assists for a .933 fielding percentage. His durability in all 24 games clearly stands out.

Bryson Jusko – The junior infielder, catcher led the team with .386 batting average, he contributed 22 hits, 2 doubles, 16 runs, 5 RBI’s, 14 walks on just 5 strike outs. His OBP .520, SLG .421, OPS .941 on the season. Jusko had 98 total chances on the field with 87 putouts accumulating a .929 fielding percentage.

Raja Milton – The two sport senior standout showed his athleticism in the outfield for the Patriots and did contribute 11.2 innings on the mound. He finished with .355 batting average, 22 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 12 RBI’s, 21 runs, OBP .481, SLG .435, OPS .916.

Jonathon Todaro – The senior pitcher hurled 33.0 innings in his first varsity season for the Patriots.  He started 5 games and pitched in 6 during the campaign.  He led the staff with a 2.545 ERA, WHIP 1.333, 28 strikeouts and 12 earned runs.



Softball: 

Jaylin Adkins – The hero of the exciting comeback victory over arch rival Butler with a two out bases loaded triple tops the chart for this week’s softball highlight. She went 3-4, with a double, a game winning triple and 4 RBI’s. She also pitched 2 solid shutout innings to keep the game at a one run deficit. On the season the junior posts a .396 batting average, with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 21 hits, .500 OBP, SLG .547, 1.047 OPS while playing a solid center field.

Maya Douglas – The athletic power hitting sophomore went 4-4 with a home run in the championship game against Hickory Ridge. She had an outstanding season batting .569, 33 hits, 33 RBI’s, 9 doubles, 2 triples, 6 home runs along with a 1.000 fielding percentage on 50 total chances at second base. Douglas carries an OBP .643, SLG 1.103, OPS 1.746 are outstanding. With these kind of numbers and on the field performance she should receive All-State consideration in my book.

Mallory Shaver – The sophomore hard hitting first baseman continues to have a solid .484 batting average on the season. She has 31 hits, 21 RBI’s, 27 runs, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 1 home run for the Patriots. The Patriots will need her bat in the upcoming playoffs as she packs a nice .529 OBP, SLG .765, 1.295 OPS. Defensively she has a good .937 fielding percentage on 63 total chances.

Abrianna Berry – The junior catcher with a solid throwing arm and infielder in 19 games  carries a .385 batting average, 20 hits, 24 runs, 18 RBI’s for the Patriots. She has 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs along with a good .536 OBP, .596 SLG, 1.132 OPS, with 6 stolen bases and a fielding percentage of .961 on 102 total chances.

Kayla Douglas – The senior warrior on the mound has thrown a lot of innings for the Patriots this season. She has hurled 81.1 innings, faced 331 batters, has 77 strikeouts, allowed only 1 home run, and 39 earned runs. She has a very respectable 3.36 ERA on 17 appearances with a solid 10-4 record.

Queens Grant Stallions 

Baseball: 

Andy Duran – The junior had a big week and was selected as our “Featured Player of the Week” for his outstanding performance. In his three seasons the Stallions center fielder in 73 games has accumulated .429 batting average, OBP .487, SLG .748, OPS 1.236 on 87 hits, 67 RBI’s and 75 runs.

Bryce Gorospe – The senior starting ace pitched a complete 1-0 shutout on some late inning true grit innings with determination gave the Stallions their first ever regular season and PAC 7 Tournament championships in a single season. On the season he pitched 52.1 innings, has a solid 1.74 ERA, a 6-3 record with 52 strikeouts.

Leo Hoffer – The junior starter pitched 6 2/3 innings against rival Union Academy in a 4-1 PAC 7 semifinal round victory. Next seasons potential ace had a 4.08 ERA, a 4-1 record, with 33 strikeouts in 34.1 innings of work.

Alwin Duran – The young freshman has put up excellent numbers with his on the field performance for the Stallions. His .422 batting average, 31 RBI’s, 27 hits, 19 runs, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs makes for a very solid first season.




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