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Monday, April 19, 2021

Saturday Highlands Roundup: Baseball Snaps Losing Streak

Softball Drops Game to Henry County

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands beat Covington Holy Cross, 10-0 on Saturday.

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (6-5 overall) won its final game of the Doc Morris Invitational with a 10-0 win over the Covington Holy Cross Indians (3-10) at Meinken Field.

Senior John Barth threw six innings to pick up the victory for the Bluebirds. Barth struck out three, walked one and allowed just three hits. Junior Drew Hack pitched the seventh inning striking out all three hitters.

"John Barth threw really well," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "He kept the defense engaged. I think he had 11 ground outs. He threw a lot of strikes and the defense played well behind him. That's always a good combination. It was fun to see."

Highlands batted .310 (9-for-29) in the game and held Holy Cross to .125 (3-for-24). Senior Jason Noe went 2-for-2 with two runs batted in. Junior Mason Welsch went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs scored. 

Senior Vance Moore homered for Highlands and junior Ryne Wiseman added a double. Junior Camden McAtee scored twice and stole a base. Senior Owen Carris also stole a base. Wiseman had two sacrifice flys and Moore had one.

"We got better on our approaches," McAtee said. "We kept the mindset the same from playing Trinity (Friday). I think that mindset is going to help us win games."

The Bluebirds scored three runs in the first and third innings to build a 6-0 lead. They added two in the sixth to go up 9-0.

Highlands had seven walks and left nine on base. Holy Cross left six on base. Highlands and Holy Cross committed one error each.

Highlands takes on Newport Central Catholic (5-6) on Monday at Highland Park. Game time is 5 p.m.

Henry County 8, Highlands 4:

The Bluebirds (11-2) saw their 10-game winning streak snapped at Winkler Field in a non-region loss to the Ladycats (5-1) from the 8th Region.

Highlands sophomore Kennedy Baioni (6-1) started the game pitching one inning before sophomore Carly Cramer pitched the final six. The two combined for five strikeouts.

The Bluebirds batted .310 (9-for-29) in the loss striking out 16 times. Freshmen Bailey Markus and Michelle Barth both went 2-for-3. Barth had a double, triple, walk scoring once and batting in two.

Senior Bri Tharps and junior Anna Greenwell both went 2-for-4 scoring one run each for Highlands. Greenwell stole two bases and drove in two.

Highlands travels to Pendleton County (9-3) on Monday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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