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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Highlands Weekend Round-Up: Baseball Wins Twice

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PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Anna Greenwell (4) stands in against Cooper on Saturday. Greenwell went 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base, two runs scored and one run batted in.

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The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (16-13 overall) posted two home victories on Friday then Saturday to extend the winning streak to three in a row.

Highlands beat the Ryle Raiders, 8-1 on Friday committing just one error. Senior Owen Carris threw six innings striking out three, walking one and allowing one hit. Sophomore Jack Hendix pitched the seventh inning striking out one allowing two hits and one run.

The Bluebirds batted .308 in the victory. No one had more than one hit. But junior Mason Welch homered and scored twice with junior Ryne Wiseman recording a double. Senior John Barth batted in two.

"Owen Carris pitched well," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "He had 24 balls, 42 strikes so he threw a tone of strikes and we played routine plays again. That's where it starts. Offensively, we had good, aggressive approaches and had some timely hits. All in all, it was a really good day."

Highlands beat West Clermont (Ohio), 7-2 Saturday. Senior Evan Rom started the game and junior Abe Hils took over in the fifth. Hils struck out three, walked three and allowed two unearned runs and a hit. Rom did not allow any hits.

The Bluebirds batted .182 (4-for-22) in the win, but took advantage of eight walks. Carris batted in three and senior Braden Baioni scored twice.

Highlands travels to Cooper on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Cooper 13, Highlands 9:

The Bluebirds (22-6) dropped a battle of 9th Region contenders. Cooper scored five unearned runs.

A number of mental errors cost Highlands in this game. The loss ended a six-game winning streak. This marked the second time this season the Bluebirds lost a game they scored nine runs in.

"We played our worst defensive game of the year," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "I don't know. Maybe we're not a 10 a.m. team. That's what (the coaches) were just talking about. How can we coach our way out of some of those mistakes? We worked one day on bunts in practice this week and we didn't field bunts well. We didn't get our bunts down and that's really the difference."

Highlands batted .400 (14-for-35) in the defeat. Junior Anna Greenwell led the way going 3-for-4 with a double, run batted in, one stolen base and two runs scored.

Freshman Michelle Barth, Bailey Markus and senior Bri Tharps all went 2-for-4 with one double each. Barth batted in two with Tharps scoring twice. Markus batted in one and scored once.

Highlands had seven doubles total. Sophomores Kennedy Baioni, Carly Cramer and seventh grader Kaitlyn Dixon had the other ones.
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Baioni (11-3) started the game and pitched the first four innings. She struck out two, walked one and allowed 12 hits. Dixon pitched the last three innings allowing just three hits and one earned run.

"We made Kennedy throw far too many pitches early," Horner said. "She ended up throwing 100 pitches in four-plus innings. We don't want to wear her out. Kaitlyn came in and did a nice job."

Highlands travels to Walton-Verona on Monday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Pom Squad Finishes State Runner-Up:

The Highlands Pom Squad scored 93.10 points to finish runner-up in its division out of 17 teams. Madison Central won it with 94.83 points.

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