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|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands freshman Michelle Barth (right) waits on a pitch in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (7-1 overall) made the most of its second home game of the season with a 15-2 win over the Mason County Lady Royals (0-5) at Winkler Field.
Highlands batted an amazing .571 (16-for-28) in the victory. The Bluebirds also had two walks, stole five bases and struck out just once.
"Most of them were solid hits," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "I actually got home and told my son about the (12-run big inning) and he said, 'Well how many errors did (Mason County) make?' They made one error. We're locked in hitting the ball, which is obviously great if we can keep it up."
Sophomore pitcher Kennedy Baioni (4-0) pitched the first four innings before seventh grader Kaitlyn Dixon pitched the fifth. Baioni struck out four to go with four walks, two earned runs and four hits. Baioni went 2-for-2 at the plate with her first double this year and an RBI.
Two seniors led the way at the plate. Caroline Class went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in, three runs scored and her first triple of the season. Bri Tharps went 3-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Freshman Bailey Markus had her second triple on her 15th birthday to go with an RBI, two runs scored and a walk. Her younger sister Camryn Markus, a seventh grader, scored two runs.
Seventh grader Payton Brown went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Junior Gracie Schlosser went 2-for-3 with two RBI and junior Anna Greenwell went 2-for-4, four RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
"To be honest, I have to give credit to the seniors Caroline and Bri. They have helped a lot with my confidence," Bailey Markus said. "Anna has helped a ton. I was struggling in the beginning. Anna has improved my confidence in the batter's box 100 percent. Milt (Horner) has helped with the younger girls. Payton Brown honestly - great hitter, great kid, everything - has done the best I've seen her do in a while. We're dialing in and focusing in the beginning, which is scary to know how good we're going to be if we keep working our tails off like we have been."
Highlands plays Covington Holmes (0-1) at Winkler Field on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.
Frederick Douglass 7, Highlands 6:
The Bluebirds (3-2) dropped a decision in eight innings in another trip to Lexington.
Frederick Douglass batted .347 (8-for-23) compared to .258 (8-for-31) for Highlands. But the Broncos had just two errors to four for the Bluebirds. Highlands had eight walks compared to five for Frederick Douglass. Highlands also left nine on base compared to five for Frederick Douglass.
Senior John Barth led Highlands at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and one run batted in. Senior Braden Becker went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Juniors Jack Schneider and Foster Schuett had doubles.
Highlands travels to Campbell County (1-3) on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.