The team bats sophomore Caroline Class, junior Abby Rust and freshman Anna Greenwell at the top to take advantage of their speed. They scored two, three and two runs respectively in the win. Greenwell went 3-for-3 with two triples, a double and four runs batted in. Class and Rust also had one stolen base each.
The third through six batters also had big days at the plate. Senior Rachel Gabbard went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored with junior Piper Macke going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base and eighth grader Carly Cramer going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Seventh grader Michelle Barth added two RBI and a stolen base.
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Highlands led 7-0 after two innings. The Bluebirds finished Bellevue with six runs in the fourth inning.
Freshman Gracie Schlosser pitched a complete game striking out four and walking one. Highlands committed no errors behind her compared to three for the Tigers.
"I think our defense played pretty well," Horner said. "We really pride ourselves on our defense. We expect the girls to make those plays and they made them."
Highlands faces Dayton (13-7) for the district championship on Thursday at 5 p.m. The Bluebirds beat the Lady Devils, 10-7 in the district championship last year.