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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Highlands Run-Rules Holy Cross

Bluebirds Extend Winning Streak to Three

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior John Barth points out some things in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (9-6 overall) defeated the Covington Holy Cross Indians (5-11) for the second time this season, 11-1 at Highland Park on Friday in six innings.

Things started on the mound with junior Abe Hils. He pitched into the sixth inning striking out eight, walking three and allowing one earned run and one hit. Junior Ryne Wiseman took care of the last two outs in the sixth inning.

"I knew if I could get them to hit the ball, the defense is always behind me making plays," Hils said. "I just always trust my defense. My pitches were working well. (Highlands Head) Coach (Jeremy) Baioni is always talking about being a bulldog on the mound and being a bulldog out there on the field no matter what's going on. That's what we showed and we're trying to continue to prove that each and every day."

Highlands batted .346 (9-for-26) compared to .150 (3-for-20) for Holy Cross. Senior Braden Baioni went 2-for-2 with a double and run scored to lead the Bluebirds.

Junior Drew Hack hit a two-run home run for the Bluebirds and senior John Barth doubled scoring three. The Bluebirds also stole three bases. Senior Dom Robinson stole two and junior Austin Eads stole the other.

"We made the routine plays behind (Hils) and we swung (the bats) better," Coach Baioni said. "Approaches are continuing to get better on a daily basis. That's a really good thing to see. We have guys that are really just going to work at the plate. It's really cool to see them grind out at-bats. Strikeouts are continuing to drop. Plate appearances look much better. It's something we need to continue to build on."

Highlands plays host to the Cincinnati (Ohio) Colerain Cardinals (6-9) on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m.

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