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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Bluebirds Seeking Unprecedented Fifth Straight Regional Championship

Highlands Baseball Looking to Make History

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Ethan Kavanagh gets in position in a recent game.

9th Region Semifinals:
Highlands 5, St. Henry 2:

The Bluebirds (29-9) advanced to their sixth straight region championship game and seventh in the last eight seasons with the Memorial Day win at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium.

Highlands batted .333 (10-for-3) in the win and held the Crusaders to seven hits. Junior Ethan Kavanagh led the Bluebirds going 3-for-3 with a run and two walks. Senior Bryce Ziegler went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Senior Grady Cramer tripled.

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The Schwalbach brothers also chimed in on the scoring. Senior Cooper Schwalbach scored twice and junior Mason Schwalbach had a two-run single.

Cooper Schwalbach played center field. The field is bigger than many high school fields, but Highlands played one game there during the regular season and one at Great American Ballpark.

"In an outfield like that, you have to commit all-out to get the ball or play it safe," Cooper Schwalbach said. "You can't half-way do anything out there or it will turn into a double, a triple or an inside-the-park home run. Our outfield has actually done a really good job this year judging and playing balls and not allowing extra bases."

Highlands will be seeking its fifth straight region championship in the rubber match against Beechwood (36-1) on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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