|Baseball Wins 10th of Season|
|PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior Bri Tharps waits on a pitch in a recent game.|
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (14-4 overall) picked up two wins to win its part of the Bulldog Bash at Meinken Field in Covington.
Highlands started the day with a 4-0 shutout over the Notre Dame Pandas. The Bluebirds then beat Campbell County, 11-3 in three innings. They've won three straight.
Sophomore pitcher Kennedy Baioni (8-1) threw another gem against Notre Dame. The Bluebirds have shut out four opponents this year. Baioni struck out 10, walked two and allowed just two hits.
"Milt's big thing is owning the mound," Baioni said. "I just focus on one pitch at a time and not what's going on in the field behind me or what I did the previous pitch. (It's about) hitting my spot, getting it to move and getting it to where (opposing batters) don't hit it or it's an easy play on the ball."
Highlands batted .321 in the victory. Junior Anna Greenwell and freshman Bailey Markus led the way going 2-for-3. Greenwell doubled and homered with Markus recording two doubles. Junior Hailey Parks and sophomore Carly Cramer stole one base each.
Cramer pitched into the third inning in the win over Campbell County earning the win to move to 6-3. Cramer walked three and allowed five hits and one earned run.
Highlands batted .611 (11-for-18) in the victory. Freshman Michelle Barth, Markus and Cramer went 2-for-2 at the plate. Barth, Cramer and senior Caroline Class had doubles. Barth and Cramer batted in two with Class, Markus, senior Bri Tharps and seventh grader Camryn Marks all scoring twice.
Highlands travels to Bishop Brossart on Monday. Game time is 5 p.m.
Highlands 11, Cincinnati Colerain 5:
The Bluebirds (10-6) won their first game this season against an Ohio opponent taking down the Cardinals (6-10) from the Greater Miami Conference on a rainy afternoon.
Highlands batted .345 (10-for-29) in the victory. Junior Mason Welsch led the way going 2-for-2 with two doubles and four runs batted in. Senior Owen Carris homered driving in two and scoring twice. Junior Nick Robinson also drove in two with senior Isaiah Lampkin and junior Foster Schuett scoring twice.
"We had decent approaches at the plate and had some big hits. That's what it came down to," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "We talked early on about we're one or two hits away from scoring a bunch of runs and blowing games open. We got some extra-base hits with runners in scoring position. It was good to see us get timely hits and not scatter hits like (what happened) early on (in the season)."
Senior John Barth started and pitched into the fourth inning. Barth struck out three, walked two and allowed four hits and two earned runs.
Junior Drew Hack finished the game earning the save. He struck out five, walked three and allowed three hits and three earned runs.
Highlands faces the Beechwood Tigers (14-2) on Monday. Game time is 5 p.m. at Highland Park.