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Monday, May 10, 2021

Monday Highlands Round-Up: Softball Takes Down Dayton

Boys Tennis Continues Winning Ways

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands sophomore pitcher Carly Cramer (with ball) received encouragement in a recent game.

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The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (21-5 overall) celebrated Senior Day with an 11-1 victory over the Dayton Lady Devils (8-5) in 36th District play in five innings.

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The Bluebirds moved to 3-0 in district play moving one step closer to an undisputed top seed in district play. Highlands has won five in a row.

Highlands batted .417 (10-for-24) in the victory led by the three seniors. Bri Tharps went 3-for-3 with a triple, three runs batted in and three runs scored. Julianna Shonkwiler went 1-for-3 doubling and scoring a run and Caroline Class played all nine positions in the victory. Class went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. Tharps swiped two bases and Class one.

Junior Anna Greenwell went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Freshman Michelle Barth added a double.

"During practice, we've been working a lot on faster pitchers considering we just faced Ryle," Barth said. "It took us a while to adjust to the slower pitching. Once we adjusted, we started getting our bats on the balls and scoring runs."

Sophomore Carly Cramer picked up the win moving to 7-3 on the season. Cramer struck out six, walked one and allowed five hits.

"We did a couple things different," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "Carly pitched a nice game. Carly has done a nice job pitching for us. She giving us a good second pitcher so I don't have to pitch (sophomore) Kennedy (Baioni) all the time."

Highlands travels to Campbell County on Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Tennis, Boys:
Highlands 5, Ryle 0:

The Bluebirds moved to 19-1 with a clean sweep of the Raiders at Tower Park.

"Those scores don't sound all that close. But they actually were pretty close matches," said Kris Laskey, Highlands Head Coach. "I was just glad for the effort on the court. None of them hit (on a rainy Sunday). They all came out strong after a day of school. It's good to see."

Senior Peter Laskey won first singles, 6-2, 6-3 for Highlands. Sophomore John Laskey won second singles 6-0, 6-1 and junior Jacob Clifton won third singles 6-1, 6-1.

"We're out there basically every day, if not every other day, busting our tails out there," Clifton said. "It shows on the court. We play really well."

The Highlands doubles teams won by similar 6-2, 6-0 scores. Freshmen Eli Hornsby and Eli Back won first doubles and the duo of seniors Matthew Ericson and Joss Finseth won second doubles.

Highlands plays its final game at Tower Park on Tuesday against Newport Central Catholic. Game time is 3:45 p.m.

Baseball:
Covington Catholic 4, Highlands 2:

The Bluebirds (13-12) could not take down the undefeated Colonels (23-0) in their second meeting in three days.

Senior Jake Gulley threw all six innings for the Bluebirds. He struck out 10, walked one and allowed four hits and three earned runs.

Highlands batted .345 (10-for-29) in the game but left seven runners on base. Junior Drew Hack went 3-for-3 with a run scored to lead the way. Junior Ryne Wiseman went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored with Gulley going 2-for-4.

Highlands travels to Cincinnati Elder (Ohio) on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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