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Monday, May 3, 2021

Weekend Highlands Round-Up: Boys Tennis Records Two Convincing Victories

Baseball Breaks Losing Streak

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands junior Anna Greenwell waits on a pitch in a recent game. Greenwell is batting a team-high .591 with nine home runs and 49 runs batted in on the season.

The Highlands Bluebirds boys tennis team registered 4-1 wins on Senior Day over Mason County on Friday and Saturday against Elizabethtown.

The Bluebirds won all three singles matches both days and one doubles match. Senior Peter Lasky, junior Jacob Clifton and sophomore John Laskey recorded singles wins both days with the second doubles team of freshmen Eli Back and Eli Hornsby recording wins both days.

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

Softball:
Anderson County 8, Highlands 1:
Highlands 17, Bourbon County 7:

Highlands split two games in the John Sosby Memorial Tournament in Paris.

The day started with a loss to the Lady Bearcats (10-3). Highlands batted just .100 (2-for-20) off left-handed sophomore Shelby Lewis striking out 11 times and walked just twice. Junior Anna Greenwell hit a solo home run for the lone run of the game for Highlands and sophomore Carly Cramer had the other hit.

"They had a pretty good pitcher with a rise ball and we didn't adjust," said Milt Horner, Highlands Head Coach. "Sometimes when we go out of town, it takes us a while to get going. We never got going in that first game."

Sophomore Kennedy Baioni (9-2) took the loss for the Bluebirds. She struck out two, walked three and allowed 13 hits. Seventh grader Kaitlyn Dixon also pitched striking out two.

But Highlands came back to defeat the hosts in the second game in five innings batting .432 (16-for-37). Greenwell went 4-for-4 with two home runs, seven runs batted in, four runs scored, a walk and stolen base to lead the way. Greenwell leads Highlands batting .591 (39-for-66) with nine home runs, 49 RBIs, 43 runs, six doubles, two triples, 21 stolen bases and just four strikeouts.

Baioni went 2-for-4 with a home run, double, four RBI and one run scored. Freshman Bailey Markus went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks and three runs scored. Junior Gracie Schlosser went 2-for-3 with two RBI, one walk and one run scored. Freshman Michelle Barth went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI with senior Caroline Class going 2-for-4 with two stolen bases and three runs scored. Senior Bri Tharps had two stolen bases, two runs scored and one double.

"We finally got our bunting game going a little bit," Horner said. "We had three bunt hits."

Dixon (2-0) started the game pitching the first two innings striking out one, walking one and allowing five hits and three earned runs. Cramer and Baioni finished the game. Baioni struck out four and allowed one hit and one earned run. Cramer also allowed one hit to go with four walks and three earned runs.

The Bluebirds take on Cooper (11-7) on Monday at Winkler Field. Game time is 5 p.m.

Baseball:
Highlands 16, Tates Creek 5:
Henry Clay 9, Highlands 6:

The Bluebirds (11-10) split their games at Henry Clay.

They broke a three-game losing streak beating the Commodores, who won the state championship two years ago, in six innings. Highlands batted .414 (12-for-29) against Tates Creek. Senior Owen Carris and junior Mason Welsch both went 3-for-4. Welsch had two doubles, two runs scored and a walk. Carris had a double, four RBI and a run scored.

Juniors Drew Hack and Ryne Wiseman both went 2-for-4 with one double and two RBI each. Hack homered and scored a run. Wiseman scored two runs. Senior John Barth scored three runs and drove in two with senior Braden Becker scoring twice.

"We just put the balls in play," said Braden Baioni, Highlands senior. "We swung at first-pitch strikes, which we haven't been doing all year and we made them make plays. They had a couple errors, which helped us out a little bit with runs. But at the end of the day, our approaches at the plate were better."

Carris started the game pitching five innings. He had four strikeouts to go with four walks, three earned runs and five hits. Wiseman pitched the sixth striking out two and walking one.

Highlands fell behind in the second game against the host Blue Devils and could not come back. The Bluebirds batted .303 (10-for-33) against Henry Clay. Senior Jake Gulley led the way going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Braden Baioni went 3-for-4 with four RBI and junior Foster Schuett went 2-for-4. Junior Drew Hack had a double and two RBI with senior Vance Moore scoring twice.

Senior John Barth (2-1) started the game striking out two to go with two walks, six hits and five earned runs. Junior Abe Hils finished the game striking out six, walking two to go with two hits and an earned run.

Highlands takes on Boone County (11-8) on Monday. Game time is 5 p.m. at Highland Park.



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