By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter
They tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh.
But the Highlands Bluebirds came up short in the first game of the Hometown Pharmacy/Frank Shoop Invitational at Harrison County on Thursday. The East Jessamine Jaguars escaped with a 5-4 win.
Both teams had eight hits and committed just one error. But the Jaguars broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the top of the fifth. Highlands scored twice in the seventh but could not tie it.
Evan Allen and Jake Whitford had two hits each for Highlands (10-7). Whitford added a run batted in with Lou Bunning and D.J. Mills hitting doubles.
Highlands returns to Cynthiana on Saturday to face Lexington Tates Creek. Game time is 12:45 p.m.
Baseball:Covington Catholic 11, Newport Central Catholic 1:
Bishop Brossart 6, Newport Central Catholic 4:
The Thoroughbreds fell to 7-10 with two losses Thursday.
The Colonels outhit the Thoroughbreds, 13-7. Nate Enslen led NewCath going 3-for-3 with a run batted in and stole a base.
The Mustangs outhit the Thoroughbreds, 11-6. Enslen had a two-run single and Zack Pangallo had a triple for NewCath.
NewCath led 3-2 entering the seventh inning. But Bishop Brossart scored four runs to win the game.
NewCath does not play again until Monday. The Thoroughbreds travel to Bellevue for a 5 p.m. contest.