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By G. Michael Graham
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team won its second game against an Ohio opponent Tuesday with a convincing 19-7 win over the host Cincinnati Turpin Spartans in six innings.
Highlands reached double digits in the win column at 10-6 overall with its second straight win. The Bluebirds lost their other game to an Ohio opponents, 13-3 against visiting West Jefferson on March 31.
Highlands started six seniors in the victory. Generally, three have started most of the season and others have come into the game in pinch-hit roles.
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Highlands out-hit Turpin, 23-11. Seniors Josie Daley, Brooke Dill, Alyssa Dixon, Ella Griewe, Ella Grimm, Baylie Ormes, junior Rachel Gabbard and sophomore Piper Macke had multi-hit games for the Bluebirds.
"It was a lot of fun," said Maleah Abner, Highlands senior. "It's pretty awesome just to see all of our hard work has paid off. All the practice times that we've put in the off-season has paid off."
Seventh grader Kennedy Baioni picked up the win for the Bluebirds. Baioni struck out two/
Highlands travels to Campbell County on Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.
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Scott struggled on the mound walking 15 Bluebirds. Highlands had six hits to three for the Eagles. Senior Ryan Adkins and junior Kyle Winkler had doubles for the Bluebirds.
Highlands also stole six bases. Winkler and senior Sam Hennigan stole two each.
Senior Hunter Dreves pitched into the sixth inning for the Bluebirds. He struck out eight, walked five and allowed two hits. Junior Nolan Turner recorded the last five outs for Highlands. Turner struck out two.
"I think Hunter Dreves threw well again," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "Now that these guys are throwing on a more consistent basis, they're getting in more of a rhythm and really throwing a lot better. They're getting a better feel for their pitches. For the most part, we made the plays defensively. We were able to score a bunch of runs and get it done so it was a good day."
The Bluebirds substituted seven players into this game. Junior Casey Greene came in and scored. He'd been pinch-running in recent games, but received an at-bat in this game.
"Running the bases is probably one of the most important things in the game," Greene said. "That's how you score runs. You always have to be watching for pick-offs, watching for where the base runner in front of you is and get the right signs. You have to think of all those things when running the bases."
Highlands travels to Covington Catholic on Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.
Track and Field, Bluebird Girls Win Red Dog Invitational:
The Bluebird boys and girls track and field teams both took part in one of the final meets before the region meet. The Highlands girls won the six-team event.
Two school records fell in the event for the Highlands girls. Sophomore Adriana Muntaner ran the 300-meter hurdles in 47.15 seconds eclipsing the old mark set by Ashley Collinsworth (Highlands Class of 2011) of 47.3. The two-mile relay team of seniors Karsen Hunter, Savannah Brady and sophomorea Maria Broering and Maggie Schroeder ran it in nine minutes, 49 seconds to beat the old record of 9:55 set by Molly Mearns, Kelsey Etherton, Lauren Ossege and Sydney Ossege.
Highlands runs in the Scott Classic on Thursday.