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Patriots Defeat Eagles



Tiffany Walston

Next Up: Porter Ridge

The Independence Patriots showcased their dominance once again on Friday night, securing a commanding 10-0 victory over the East Meck Eagles. This win provided the Patriots with valuable momentum as they approach the conclusion of their season.

During the game, the Patriots dominated offensively. Sydnee Platt (Fr) went 3-for-3, scored 1 run, and added 2 RBI helping the Patriots secure the victory.

Reflecting on the game and outlook going forward, Coach Amanda Jardina stated “Kimber Mulkey singled in the 2nd to score our first run on her senior night, and we couldn’t be happier for her. Their pitcher, Gigi, is solid and always makes us work on offense. We were able to execute and defend the small ball game, which helped us solidify the win, but we’ve got to get back to work and finish the last week of regular season strong”

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Ranked 2nd in the Southwestern 4A conference, the Patriots have a lot to celebrate this season, starting with their standout pitcher Maliyah Alexander (Sr.). Alexander has been a force on the mound, pitching an impressive 74 innings and tallying 104 strikeouts while notching 6 wins. During the matchup against East Meck, Alexander had a great evening offensively as well as she went 2-for-3, scored 1 run, and added 2 RBI, keeping the Patriots on top throughout the night.

Adding to their offensive prowess throughout the season is Gianna McCloud, who has been a standout performer for the Patriots. McCloud boasts impressive stats this season, with a slash line of .452/.630/.839, along with 13 RBI and 2 home runs.

The Patriots are eager to maintain their winning ways as the season progresses, aiming to add more victories to their record. Looking ahead, Independence (10-4) will hit the road to face Porter Ridge (12-2) on Tuesday at 5:30 PM, setting the stage for another thrilling matchup as the Patriots strive to continue their winning streak. 

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It promises to be an intriguing matchup as the Porter Ridge team boasts a roster filled with talent, led by Natalya Salo. Salo has been a standout performer with a remarkable .556 batting average and an impressive .623 OBP. She has been a force offensively, tallying 26 RBI and crushing 7 home runs so far this season. Not to be outdone, Salo has also showcased her skills on the mound, recording an impressive 130 strikeouts and notching 11 wins, further solidifying her status as a key player for Porter Ridge.

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