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Friday, May 7, 2021

Thursday Highlands Round-Up: Boys Tennis Edges Anderson

Softball Dominates Williamstown

Contributed Photo. Highlands freshmen doubles partners Eli Hornsby (left) and Eli Back (right) wait for the ball in the match against Cincinnati Anderson on Thursday.

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The Highlands Bluebirds boys tennis team (17-1 overall) had a battle against Cincinnati (Ohio) Anderson (14-3) and came away with the 3-2 victory at Tower Park.

"We played them a couple of years ago. Our players know a couple of their players from training at Five Seasons (Family Sports Club in Cincinnati)," said Kris Laskey, Highlands Head Coach. "I knew it would be close. It was a great match. It was a nice chance to play another good team from our area, but not necessarily someone from our region."

Highlands senior Peter Laskey won the final match to record the win at first singles. He won 6-7 (5), 6-3, 10-4.

Freshmen Eli Back and Eli Hornsby came off the court first winning second doubles, 6-1, 6-1. But the first doubles team of Matthew Ericson and Joss Finseth lost 0-6, 6-2, 2-10.

Junior Jacob Clifton lost at third singles, 2-6, 4-6 to give Anderson a 2-1 advantage. But sophomore John Laskey won at second singles 6-3, 2-6, 10-5 to tie the match.

"Everyone fights with everything they have on the court," John Laskey said. "We can motivate the rest of the team. We use our time wisely. When we have a good 10, 20 minutes before the match, we try to focus and get loose."

Highlands has four matches left starting Saturday at 2 p.m. against Corbin in Georgetown.

Highlands 18, Williamstown 1:

The Bluebirds (18-5) ventured south and came away with a convincing victory over the Lady Demons (6-7) from the 8th Region, 32nd District in five innings.

Sophomore Kaitlyn Dixon (3-0) pitched the complete game on the mound. She struck out four and allowed one earned run, one walk and two hits.

Highlands batted .528 (19-for-36) in the game. Junior Anna Greenwell went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs batted in and a run scored. Sophomore Kennedy Baioni went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Junior Eleanor Todd went 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored. Freshman Michelle Barth went 2-for-3 with a double, four RBI and three runs scored and senior Bri Tharps went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.

"(It's about) getting our heads into and focusing," said Caitlin Shonkwiler, Highlands junior. "We try to stay on top of things. If someone is down, we try to pick them up telling them to keep their heads in the game until it's over."

Freshman Bailey Markus tripled and scored a run for Highlands. Senior Caroline Class walked, scored three runs and stole two bases. Seventh grader Camryn Markus had two RBI and a stolen base and sophomore Carly Cramer scored twice and stole a base.

"Kaitlyn Dixon did a nice job," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "She seems to pitch with more confidence when she's pitching in a varsity game with a good defense behind her. Anna (Greenwell) made a couple nice plays at shortstop. We were able to get some younger girls into the game. We continued hitting the ball well."

Highlands plays host to Ryle (10-5) on Friday. Game time is 5 p.m.

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