For the first time since 1948, the Independence/Gilmanton baseball team will play in a spring state baseball game.
The Indees lost in the sectional round a year ago, but their statistics improved in almost every category in 2017. The team batting average this spring was nearly 140 points better than in 2016, hitting .372 at the plate.
And the team dropped its pitching ERA from 6.38 last year, to 2.55 this year. 19 wins this spring is also a 5 game improvement, and now Independence/Gilmanton hopes win number 20 comes in the division 4 state semifinals.
"It's just great to get there, for us right now. Hopefully things work out, would be nice to get a victory there but that's way out there right now," head coach Darin Pape said.
"Yeah I think we were all really nervous last year. But this year we were all older and more experienced, so that really helped us here. You can expect a game. A "W" hopefully. So we will be preparing for that," senior Jonathan Warner said.