|Highlands Records Four Triples in Victory|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior pitcher Jason Noe sets up in the win at Covington Holmes on Monday. Noe struck out five picking up the win in his first decision of the season.|
When the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (4-3 overall) hit the ball hard at Meinken Field on Monday, it had a chance to roll far quickly on the turf field.
The end result turned into six extra-base hits in a 13-1 five-inning run-ruling of the Covington Holmes Bulldogs (1-6) in a 9th Region battle. Highlands is 2-0 in region play and Holmes is 1-4.
"It was good to see," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "It was good to get a lot of reps and get guys going. I'm really pleased with how guys responded."
The Bluebirds batted .520 (13-for-25) in the win and held the Bulldogs to .125 (2-for-16). Junior Mason Welsch led Highlands going 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs batted in and a run scored. Juniors Ryne Wiseman and Drew Hack both went 2-for-3 scoring twice and batting in one. Hack had a double and triple. Juniors Nick Robinson and Camden McAtee also tripled. Junior Austin Eads had the other Highlands double.
"You have to take the pitch wherever it is thrown," Robinson said. "If it is thrown outside, you have to take it the other way. I thought I did a good job of that."
Senior Jason Noe (1-0) pitched the first three innings to pick up the win striking out five, walking two and allowing two hits and an earned run. Junior Abe Hils pitched the next two innings striking out three in his first varsity game. Hils played on the state championship boys basketball team at Highlands.
"This is my first time on the mound this year so I just wanted to hit my spots, focus on getting batters out and letting my defense do the job," Noe said. "It always feels good to get out of jams. You have to throw strikes and get outs."
The Bluebirds led 4-0 after two innings. They broke it open with six runs in the third inning.
Highlands plays host to Newport on Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.