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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Highlands Wednesday Round-Up: Baseball Throttles Campbell County

Bluebirds Shut Out County Rivals

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Bluebirds run-ruled the Campbell County Camels, 10-0 in six innings Wednesday.

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The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (12-10 overall) took advantage of a sunny day with a six-inning run-ruling of the county rival Campbell County Camels (10-8) 10-0 at Highland Park on Wednesday.

Things started with senior pitcher Jake Gulley (2-0). Gulley pitched a complete game striking out nine, walking two and allowing just two hits in 21 at-bats for a .095 batting average.

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"We played really well. Jake threw really well,"
said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "He got into a groove. We talked about at the end of the day how important it is to throw off-speed stuff on fastball counts. Jake did a good job of that. He kept them off-balance. We played good defense behind him. We made the routine plays. We rallied around that."

Both teams committed one error. Highlands left nine on base to five for Campbell County.

The Bluebirds batted .393 (11-for-28) for the game. Senior Owen Carris led the way going 3-for-4 with a home run, double, run batted in and two runs scored. Senior Braden Becker went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Senior Jason Noe went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Junior Foster Schuett added a home run.

"We've been preaching having more aggressive approaches recently and finding the pitches we like to hit and laying off pitches that we don't," Schuett said. "We've been more selective early in the count. Our two-strike approach is to broaden the strike zone and try to put a bat on the ball. We want to make (defenses) make plays."

Highlands starts the Coach Conner Classic on Friday at Covington Catholic against Ludlow. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Tennis, Boys:
Covington Latin Match completed:

The Bluebirds already won the four matches Tuesday. They just needed to complete the first singles back at Tower Park.

Senior Peter Laskey lost 6-3, 6-3 to Kazu Wantanabe. Wantanabe finished region runner-up two years ago.

The Bluebirds battle Cincinnati (Ohio) Anderson on Thursday at Tower Park. Game time is 4 p.m.

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