It’s the culmination of a season of hard work, practicing in the rain and cold, and putting the ghosts of last season’s disappointments to bed.
For some, it’s the payoff of four long years of hard work, and for others it’s just the beginning of what they hope will become a lasting legacy of Independence lore.
It’s seven innings of America’s Pastime, that will look to add a second baseball championship to the Independence trophy case, and put the “Small city on a big hill” back on the West Virginia high school sports map, alerting the rest of the state that Independence is just as much a baseball school as it is a wrestling one.
When nine Patriots step onto the diamond tonight against nine Indians from Bridgeport, they’ll do so with many small communities behind them. They’ll look to cement their own legacies and add their names to the list of Independence baseball heroes of the past.
One day generations will look up to names like Atkins, Sexton, McGinnis, Muovich and Huffman in the way they’ve looked up to names like Cuthbert, Justice, Treadway and Gambrell. And that’s what happens in a small community, rich with pride and family.
There are many faces and names that make up those communities, but there is one that binds them all.
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