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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Highlands Softball Moves to 2-0 in Region Play

Bluebirds Record Three-Inning Run-Ruling

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior second baseman Gracie Schlosser gets in position in a recent game.

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (2-1 overall) bounced back from the defeat Tuesday with a convincing 17-2 win over the Covington Holy Cross Indians (1-2) in a 9th Region game Wednesday in three innings.

This marked the first game for the Bluebirds at the home field of Winkler Field. Highlands moved to 2-0 in region play and bounced back from the 10-9 extra-inning loss against Usuline Academy (Ohio) on Tuesday.

"There were a lot of positives from (Tuesday)," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "They have three (NCAA Division I) commits on their team. I thought we did really well getting some hits. Fortunately, I have enough pitchers I don't have to throw the same girl every day. That's a luxury that we haven't always had. We made a couple errors (Tuesday) that were tough. Getting back on the saddle was good."

Sophomore Carly Cramer (1-1) took the pitching win for the Bluebirds. Cramer struck out six allowing two earned runs and four hits.

Highlands batted .631 (12-for-19) in the game. Freshman Michelle Barth homered driving in three and scoring one run. Senior Brianna Tharps went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. Freshman Bailey Markus also went 2-for-3 driving in two and scoring one. Seventh grader Camryn Markus scored three runs.

The Bluebirds had two other multi-base hits. Seventh grader Morgan Pompilio doubled and junior Anna Greenwell tripled. Greenwell had two RBI. Senior Caroline Class added two runs.

Highlands travels to George Rogers Clark on Friday in the Jerry Puckett Cardinals Showcase. Game time is 4:45 p.m.

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