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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Highlands Softball Puts Up 13 Runs in District Semifinal Win

Bluebirds Face Dayton for District Championship on Thursday

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands freshman Anna Greenwell prepares for a pitch in the 36th District semifinals against Bellevue on Tuesday. Greenwell had four runs batted in as Highlands won 13-1.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (14-10 overall) recently made a change at the top of the line-up and it paid off in a 13-1 36th District semifinal win in five innings over the Bellevue Tigers.

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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"We actually spent the whole day (Monday) trying to stay back on slower pitching and hit the ball to right field," said Milt Horner, Highlands coach. "In the first inning, I think three of our first four hitters hit the ball to right field, which was really good to see."

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.

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