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Friday, May 21, 2021

Thursday Highlands Round-Up: Baseball Rallies Passed Conner

Softball Loses on Road at Boone County

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands senior second baseman Isaiah Lampkin gets in position in the win over Conner.

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The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (18-13 overall) fell behind early against the Conner Cougars (14-18) before rallying for a 7-6 victory.

"We talked after the game how we loved the fight," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "In the second and third inning, guys came in saying, 'We don't have to get it all back now.' Let's just keep fighting, clawing, getting a run here and there. That's what we did. We swung it well. We just didn't swing it (well) in bunches. Our biggest inning was the last inning. It's really good to see."

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Conner scored four times in the top of the second to go up 5-0. But the Bluebirds slowly chipped away at the lead. Senior Isaiah Lampkin singled home seniors Dom Robinson and Jason Noe in the bottom of the sixth to trim the margin to 6-4.

The Bluebirds completed the comeback in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Evan Rom singled in senior Owen Carris and Vance Moore to tie the game. Highlands then won it when Conner pitcher Tyler Parsons hit senior John Barth with a pitch with the bases loaded scoring senior Braden Becker.

"Essentially in that at-bat, I was looking for something to hit," Barth said. "He threw four straight balls (to Noe) so I was going to be patient and make him throw me some strikes, which he did. He threw me two straight strikes. I think I fouled one off. I think I looked at another. He threw me an up and in fastball and it clipped my jersey. The umpire made the right call. That's essentially it."

Carris started the game pitching five innings. But junior Abe Hils (2-1) came on in the last two innings to pick up the win. Carris struck out five and Hils three. Hils allowed two hits and one earned run.

Highlands batted .433 (13-for-30) in the win. Carris went 3-for-4 with a run scored and Becker went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Noe went 2-for-3 with a triple and run scored. Lampkin went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Barth went 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI.

The Bluebirds travel to Dixie Heights on Friday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Boone County 8, Highlands 3:

Highlands (24-7) gave up several late runs in the road 9th Region defeat.

The Bluebirds batted just .154 (4-for-26) in the game. Senior Caroline Class led the way going 2-for-3 with one stolen base and one run scored.

Sophomore Kennedy Baioni (11-4) pitched into the sixth inning striking out six before seventh grader Kaitlyn Dixon took over. The two allowed 12 hits and walked five.

Highlands plays twice Saturday. The Bluebirds take on Conner at 3 p.m. then Harrison County at 7 p.m. Both games are at Winkler Field.

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