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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Highlands Baseball Edges Beechwood, 2-1

Highlands Faces CovCath on Tuesday

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds edged the Beechwood Tigers, 2-1 in region action Monday.

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The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (19-14 overall) found itself in a 9th Region battle with the Beechwood Tigers (25-5) at Highland Park on Monday.

But the Bluebirds made enough plays to edge the Tigers, 2-1 in the second meeting between the two this year. Beechwood beat Highlands, 12-1 in six innings April 26, also at Highland Park.

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"It was a really good win. It was really good to see us play well,"
said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "It was a fast game. Both pitchers came in challenging hitters. Both teams were aggressive at the plate. It was an enjoyable game."

The Tigers scored their lone run in the top of the second inning. But Highlands junior Foster Schuett doubled home seniors Jake Gulley and Jason Noe in the bottom of the fifth to give the Bluebirds the lead for good. Schuett had both Highlands hits in the game.

"We've been talking all year. It's not always about how many hits. It's about when you get them," Baioni said. "Early on in the season, that was a hit we weren't getting. We loved our approaches. We know that it's not always going to work out. But if you have a great approach the entire game, you really have a chance to be successful."

Highlands junior Abe Hils (3-1) threw six innings to pick up the win. Hils struck out three, walked five and allowed four hits.

Highlands junior lefty Connor Schwalbach pitched the seventh inning to pick up the save. It marked his first varsity save.

"When I throw strikes, I trust my defense to make the routine plays," Schwalbach said. "I love the high-adrenaline situations with one, two, three hitters in the line-up. When you (get them out), you feel so much better."

Senior Drew Fieger (5-1) threw a complete game for the Tigers. He struck out three and walked five.

The Bluebirds left six on base and committed two errors. The Tigers left eight on base and committed one error.

The Highlands Junior Varsity team plays Covington Catholic for the 9th Region crown Wednesday at Beechwood. The freshman plays CovCath in the semifinals Tuesday.

The Bluebirds take on the Covington Catholic Colonels (30-1) on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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