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Monday, May 10, 2021

Saturday Highlands Round-Up: Boys Tennis Wins Neutral Site Game

Softball Records 20th Win

Contributed Photo. Highlands junior Jacob Clifton (left) and freshman Jameson Zoller (right) get in position in the match against Corbin in Georgetown on Saturday. Highlands won 4-1 to move to 18-1 on the season.

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The Highlands Bluebirds boys tennis team (18-1 overall) took down the Corbin Redhounds, 4-1 in a match in Georgetown.

"We were supposed to play in a tri-match down at Elizabethtown a few weeks ago and that got rained out," said Kris Laskey, Highlands Head Coach. "It was a closely-matched team in the doubles. They were a good team top to bottom. It's always good to get a look at different teams. I was really pleased with the outcome. Even in our loss, I felt the boys played well. They handled themselves well against a strong team like that."

This match featured two singles matches. Senior Peter Lasky won first singles, 6-1, 6-2 and sophomore John Laskey won second singles, 6-2, 6-1.

The only Highlands loss came at first doubles. Freshmen Eli Hornsby and Eli Back lost 6-1, 6-0.

But the Bluebirds won second and third doubles. The second doubles team of seniors Matthew Ericson and Joss Finseth won 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) and the third doubles team of junior Jacob Clifton and freshman Jameson Zoller won 2-6, 7-5, 10-7.

Highlands takes on Ryle on Monday at Tower Park. Game time is 3:45 p.m.

Highlands 12, Carroll County 1:

The Bluebirds (20-5 overall) downed the Lady Panthers (4-6) in five innings on the road following a huge 5-4 win over Ryle at home Friday.

Sophomore Carly Cramer (6-3) threw a complete game. Cramer struck out five, walked two and allowed three hits and no earned runs.

Highlands tore things up at the plate batting .515 (17-for-33). Junior Anna Greenwell led the way going 3-for-4 with a double, four runs batted in and three runs scored. Cramer, seventh grader Payton Brown and junior Gracie Schlosser all went 2-for-3. Brown and Schlosser had one RBI each. Schlosser also stole a base.

"We had the mental thought they're as good as we are," Brown said. "We started off hitting better than we did against Ryle. The pitcher was a bit slower so it was easier to see the ball coming out of her hands. We were able to time it well."

Seniors Caroline Class, Bri Tharps and freshman Michelle Barth all went 2-for-4 for the Bluebirds. Barth hit her sixth home run of the season to go with four RBI and one run scored. Class had a double, one walk, three runs scored, one stolen base and an RBI. Tharps had a walk and scored a run.

Highlands stole six bases in seven attempts. Seventh grader Camryn Markus had two stolen bases with junior Hailey Parks and seventh grader Morgan Pompilio stealing one each.

Highalnds takes on Dayton (8-4) in district action Monday at Winkler Field. Game time is 5 p.m.

Covington Catholic 6, Highlands 4:

The Bluebirds (13-11) lost the second game of the Coach Conner Classic on Saturday.

The Bluebirds scored twice in the top of the sixth to tie the game at four. But the Colonels scored twice in the bottom of the frame to win the game.

Both teams batted .250. CovCath connected on 7-of-28 and Highlands 6-of-24 at the plate. Senior Braden Becker led the Bluebirds going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored. Seniors Vance Moore, Owen Carris and junior Drew Hack had doubles. Seniors Jason Noe and Jake Gulley stole one base each.

Carris started the game on the mound pitching five innings. He struck out three, walked three and allowed six hits and three earned runs. Junior Abe Hils (1-1) pitched the sixth inning taking the loss.

Highlands travels back to CovCath (22-0) on Monday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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