|Bluebirds Move to 3-0 in Region Play|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands seventh grader Morgan Pompilio waits for the ball in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (6-1 overall) did some unconventional things in the 36th District opener Monday. The Bluebirds still knocked off the host Bellevue Tigers (0-4), 19-3 in five innings.
Highlands moved to 3-0 in 9th Region action with the win. The Bluebirds have scored in double digits in five of their six victories.
"I started my entire bench so I only had two starters playing and they were both playing different positions," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "We started a seventh grader pitching in Kaitlyn Dixon. She did well. She had a couple walks early. But (she) started focusing and finally got her control working a bit."
Dixon (1-0) struck out 11. She allowed four walks, one hit and one earned run in the complete game. Dixon also went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in and one run scored.
Highlands hit .433 (13-for-30) in the game. The Bluebirds had to adjust to an inexperienced pitcher after seeing more experienced ones at George Rogers Clark on Friday and Saturday.
Senior Caroline Class led Highlands going 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Seventh grader Camryn Markus went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Seventh grader Morgan Pompilio scored three runs with senior Julianna Shonkwiler, juniors Hailey Parks, Anna Greenwell and seventh grader Payton Brown scoring two runs each.
The Bluebirds successfully stole 10 bases on 10 tries and walked 10 times while striking out once. Greenwell stole three bases. Junior Eleanor Todd, Parks and Brown stole two bases each. Shonkwiler had three walks with Pompilio and Todd each walking twice.
"It was definitely an adjustment for a lot of us. But Camryn Markus adjusted very quickly," Todd said. "It took me one at-bat to adjust to what I was seeing because it was so slow coming in."
Highlands faces Mason County (0-4) on Tuesday at Winkler Field. Game time is 5 p.m.