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Friday, April 23, 2021

Thursday Highlands Round-Up: Softball Snaps Losing Streak

Baseball Handles Tigers

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Anna Greenwell (4) claps after reaching base in a recent game at Dixie Heights.

The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (12-4 overall) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 16-0 four-inning win over the St. Henry Crusaders (0-8) at Winkler Field.

Junior Gracie Schlosser (1-0) made her pitching debut. She struck out two and allowed just three hits.

"We did a few things a little different," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "It was good to get (Schlosser) back out there. I was encouraging her to go throw strikes. I think she threw 50 pitches and threw 39 strikes so she did exactly what we wanted her to do."

Highlands batted .600 in the game going 15-for-25 at the plate. Junior Anna Greenwell led the way going 3-for-3 with a triple, four runs scored, one run batted in, one walk and two stolen bases. Seventh grader Camryn Markus went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Junior Hailey Parks went 2-for-2 with three RBI for Highlands with three RBI. Seventh grader Morgan Pompilio went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI. Senior Bri Tharps went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Freshman Michelle Barth hit her fifth home run of the season batting in three, scoring twice and walking twice.

"We came more together," Pompilio said. "We need to go up (to the plate) with the same mentality whether it is a faster pitcher or slower pitcher. You ask (teammates) where you need to stand in the box."

Senior Caroline Class stole three bases, drove in two and scored twice for the Bluebirds. Junior Caitlin Shonkwiler walked twice.

Highlands plays twice in the Bulldog Bash at Meinken Field on Saturday. The Bluebirds face Campbell County (5-4) at 1 p.m. and Notre Dame (5-4) at 3 p.m.

Highlands 17, Bellevue 2:

The Bluebirds (8-6) moved to 2-1 in 36th District action with a four-inning victory over the Tigers (1-16).

"Anytime you go win a district game, it's good," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "We played our game (and) didn't worry about who we were playing. It was good to get out there and go have guys compete again and continue to get better. Our approaches were better. That's something we've been preaching in the last week is we have to get better at the plate and we did that as well."

Senior Jake Gulley (1-0) pitched the first two innings in his first start this year. Gulley struck out six and walked three. Senior Owen Carris pitched the third and junior Drew Hack pitched the fourth. Carris struck out two and Hack three.

Highlands batted .417 (10-for-24) in the victory and Bellevue batted just .071 (1-for-14). Hack and senior Braden Baioni doubled and senior Dom Robinson homered. Hack batted in three and scored twice. Robinson batted in four and also scored twice. Carris also scored twice. Braden Baioni also had two RBI.

Junior Ryne Wiseman scored twice and batted in two for Highlands. Junior Abe Hils had two RBI and senior Vance Moore scored twice.

"It was a good step in the right direction because we started to come back together and put together quality hits," Wiseman said. "Coach (Baioni) has been preaching 'Hit the first pitch fastball' because that's usually one of the best pitches you're going to get to hit. That's really helped us out a lot."

The Bluebirds stole five bases. Seniors John Barth, Jason Noe and juniors Hils, Jonah Hankins and Mason Welsch had one each.

Highlands takes on Covington Holy Cross (5-10) at Highland Park on Friday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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