Hot start vaults Independence baseball to top of Class AAA rankings

Joplin's late lead slips away

Rio jumped on Castillo quick as they scored twice in the first inning on two hits and two walks. "It just makes us have to win one game, and we get another day of rest". Landen Vesley was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI; Drew Ackman was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored; Clevenger was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored; Bartel was 1-for-2 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored; and Gehrig Koerner was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

Thanks to a two-run sixth inning East Jefferson defeated Higgins 4-2 in the semifinals of the District 8-5A tournament Friday.

McLaury, in his fifth year at Independence after serving as a Middle Tennessee State assistant, has never had a team start out this hot. "Even from one inning to the next, whether it was the mound, a different step, it was just a constant game of adjustments trying to work my fastball because that's basically all I was working with". He went seven innings.

Williams, who won 11 of his 16 wrestling matches by pins at 220 pounds and heavyweight en route to finishing fourth at the Div. 1 South Sectional and being named a Standard-Times Super Teamer, said the Whalers are going to take some lumps in the early going until they jell as a team.

"We came back, and I was proud of them there", Bidwell said. "The kids did a good job of not trying to pull the ball, so we were hitting the ball the other way really well". The Panthers took a 3-0 lead and held off a seventh inning rally from the Blue Gators to claim the 3-2 district win. Gabby DiGiovanni had a solid game at 3rd and pitching in with a big hit in a big spot at the plate. Ledford, coming off a big win against 2A power Randleman, totaled 11 hits for the game.

Senior Michael Rector also brings some varsity experience to the mound for Manchester this season, Johnston said.

Durango is now 7-4, including 2-2 in the Southwestern League. "He throws strikes and pumps it up there real fast and has a good breaking ball".

"The left fielder made a great play for them, keeping it only a one-run inning instead of 3", Toll Gate head coach Nick Durand said.

"A lot of pitchers like the cold because it's tough on the hitters", he said.

"We just didn't play well". "We hit in streaks", Thorndyke said.

ConVal 8, Pembroke 1 - ConVal defeated what Coach Mike Young called an inexperienced Pembroke squad to earn its second win of the season.

I have to get them more prepared to play the game and get them to understand how we have to compete in order to win the game. "But, we've been doing really well at getting runners across the plate". Abby Brown had 2 doubles.

UCHS went on the road to face Madison County on Tuesday, April 3, after The Erwin Record's press deadline for this issue.

Stonehill (11-13, 4-7 NE10) travels to Southern New Hampshire University to battle the Penmen tomorrow, Friday, April 13 for a 3:30 p.m. first pitch at SNHU Baseball Field in Manchester, New Hampshire and will take on the Penmen for a doubleheader on Saturday, April 14 at noon and 3:00 p.m.

The Eagles will play Mayfair at Rio Hondo College on Monday while Norwalk next faces Bellflower on Wednesday.

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