|Baseball Drops Third Straight|
|Submitted Photo. Highlands senior Peter Laskey eyes the ball in the match against Newport Central Catholic.|
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The Highlands Bluebirds boys tennis team won its 20th match of the season with a near clean sweep of the Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds on Tuesday at Tower Park.
Highlands moved to 20-1 winning all six battles against the Thoroughbreds. The teams played three singles matches and three doubles matches.
"They had a great time. They knew it was the last home match of the season," said Kris Laskey, Highlands Head Coach. "Everyone played great. The 20-win mark is definitely a nice milestone for them. It's hard to reach with rainouts and everything. I was happy with the way the day ended up for them."
Five of the Highlands teams won their matches by 6-0, 6-0 counts. The only time NewCath won a set came at third doubles. The Highlands team of Noah Sergent and Ben Schuh won 6-0, 6-1.
Senior Peter Lasky, sophomore John Laskey and junior Jacob Clifton won first, second and third singles. The freshman duo of Eli Hornsby and Eli Back won first doubles and the senior duo of Matthew Ericson and Joss Finseth won second doubles.
"(Eli Hornsby) and I have been friends since fifth grade at least," Eli Back said. "We've been playing tennis together for all those years and we just have a very good bond. We know each others' games. It definitely helps us with the hard opponents. When the other person misses, we know how they're going to react. We're able to keep pushing through."
Highlands finishes the season at North Oldham on Wednesday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder 4, Highlands 0:
The Bluebirds (13-13) lost their third straight on the road across the river.
Highlands batted just .120 (3-for-25) in the loss striking out 12 times. Seniors Vance Moore, Owen Carris and Braden Baioni had one single each.
The Panthers batted .333 (7-for-21). They stole seven bases.
Junior Ryne Wiseman started the game taking the loss and pitched into the fourth inning before senior Evan Rom finished it. Wiseman struck out two and Rom three.
Highlands plays host to Scott County on Thursday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.