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Friday, May 14, 2021

Highlands Baseball Blanks Scott County

Bluebirds Face Ryle at Highland Park on Friday

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Ryne Wiseman (16) prepares to warm up during a recent game.

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The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (14-13 overall) is hoping to build some momentum with the postseason a few weeks ago.

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The Bluebirds hope it started with an 8-0 blanking of the Scott County Cardinals (9-14) at Highland Park on Thursday. That marked the fourth shut-out victory of the season for Highlands.

It started on the mound with senior John Barth. He struck out two, walked one and allowed four hits in the four innings. Junior Abe Hils pitched the next three innings allowing no hits and one walk.

"We played really, really well defensively - a couple diving plays to get outs," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "The pitchers threw strikes. That's been a big point of emphasis as well and having confidence in your defense."

Both teams committed one error. Highlands left eight on base and Scott County stranded seven.

"Sometimes not swinging is a good approach," Baioni said. "Scott County's pitchers struggled a bit throwing strikes. We got some timely hits. Timely hitting is something we struggled with all year. That got better as well. You hope we're continuing to learn every single game."

Highlands batted .273 (6-for-22) in the game. Junior Mason Welsch led the way going 3-for-4 with one run scored. Seniors Foster Schuett and Braden Becker had doubles. Becker batted in three with Schuett and senior Owen Carris scoring two runs each.

"We really just need to hit solid," Welsch said. "If we hit solid, everything else will just fall for itself. Our defense is going to go out and play with a good mentality. That's what surround us and makes us do well."

Highlands faces Ryle (11-13) back at Highland Park on Friday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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