Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday Sports Briefs



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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Wednesday Sports Briefs

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands first baseman Brennah Dutcher (left) makes a play in Wednesday's loss to Notre Dame. The Ladybirds are 8-7 on the year.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds softball team used another Haley Meyers no-hitter to win its fifth in a row Wednesday.

Meyers’ second one of the season lifted NewCath to an 11-0 five-inning stomping of the visiting Covington Holy Cross Lady Indians. Meyers struck out five, walked three and hit a batter.

NewCath (8-3) also took advantage of seven Lady Indian errors scoring seven times in the fifth to end the game. NewCath managed just four hits.

Three of those hits came in the fifth. Kristen Schreiber hit an RBI double off the fence in left-center and Taylor Burkart singled to center before Molly Mertle ended the game with a two-run double to left. Casey Kohls recorded NewCath’s other hit in the fourth.

NewCath does not play again until Monday. The Thoroughbreds play host to Bellevue at 5 p.m.

Softball:
Notre Dame 5, Highlands 3:

The Ladybirds (8-7) dropped their third in a row Wednesday.

Highlands committed four errors to two for Notre Dame. The Pandas outhit the Ladybirds, 5-2.

Notre Dame scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Highlands scored five times in the fourth.

Brennah Dutcher and Shelby Graybill had both Highlands hits. Dutcher singled in two and Graybill one.

Bailey Spencer took the pitching loss for Highlands. She struck out five and walked four.

Highlands travels to Milford (Ohio) on Friday.

Baseball:
Dixie Heights 5, Highlands 4 (8 innings):

The Bluebirds (10-6) lost in eight innings to the host Colonels.

Jake Whitford again led Highlands at the plate. He went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Todd Ramey batted in two with a double.

Errors hurt the Bluebirds down the stretch. They committed six to one for Dixie Heights.

Highlands ventures south to play East Jessamine at Harrison County on Thursday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

St. Henry 8, Newport Central Catholic 6:

The Thoroughbreds (7-8) dropped a 9th Region home contest Wednesday.

The Crusaders scored twice in the top of the seventh to earn the win. They outhit the Thoroughbreds, 10-8.

Spencer Pangallo and Mitch Pangallo led NewCath with two hits each. The both scored one run each and Mitch Pangallo batted home one.

NewCath plays twice Thursday. The Thoroughbreds play Covington Catholic at 10:30 a.m. before facing Bishop Brossart at 1 p.m.

Tentative alignment has Highlands in four-team 5A district, NC in six-team 2A district

G. Michael Graham Photo. The Highlands Bluebirds could be in the same Class 5A district with Dixie Heights, Covington Catholic and Grant County starting in 2015.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association recently released the draft football alignments for the 2015 through 2018 seasons.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Saturday Sports Briefs


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team defeated another Greater Catholic League opponent on Saturday.

Highlands (10-5) ventured across the Ohio River and knocked off Cincinnati McNicholas, 1-0.

Lou Bunning and Jacob Noe combined to pick up the pitching win for the Bluebirds allowing just three hits. Bunning pitched five innings and walked none before Noe came in and picked up the two-inning save.

Jake Whitford finished 2-for-3 with the game’s only run batted in. He singled home Brady Murray in the top of the sixth on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.

Baseball:
Newport Central Catholic 12, Rowan County 6:

The Thoroughbreds moved back to .500 at 7-7 with the Saturday win in the Doc Morris Invitational at Covington Holy Cross.

The Thoroughbreds outhit the Vikings, 11-8 and scored seven runs in the first inning on their way to the win. Nate Enslen, Grant Moeves and Mitch Pangallo led the way with two hits each. Moeves had four runs batted in with a double and Mitch Pangallo tripling and batting in two. Jake Pangallo scored three times and Enslen twice.

Jake Yeager picked up the win throwing five innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Softball:
East Jessamine 14, Highlands 5:
Ryle 12, Highlands 0:

The Ladybirds fell to 8-6 following two losses Saturday in the Jaguar Classic at East Jessamine.

In the first game against the hosts, Shelby Graybill led the way going 2-for-2. Whitney Quillen and Brooke Dill scored two runs each.

Highlands had several starters at Prom in the second game allowing younger players to earn some experience. Ryle outhit Highlands, 12-4.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Sports Briefs

Allen Ramsey Photo. Newport Central Catholic junior Casey Kohls fields a ground ball in Friday's All "A" 9th Region semifinal win over Lloyd Memorial. The Thoroughbreds won the tournament for the first time since 2011.


By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

They were not going to be denied this year.

The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds softball team (7-3) claimed its first All “A” 9th Region crown since 2011. The Thoroughbreds beat St. Henry, 8-2 in the title game and run-ruled Lloyd Memorial, 10-0 in five innings in the semifinals.

Thursday Baseball Briefs





By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team led 6-4 going into the top of the seventh.

But the visiting Cooper Jaguars scored six in the top of the inning to leave Fort Thomas with a 10-6 victory Thursday. Highlands fell to 8-5 with the 9th Region loss.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday Sports Briefs

Allen Ramsey Photo. Highlands senior Ashley Grosser makes a catch in Wednesday's 4-3 win over Bishop Brossart. Highlands moved to 7-4 with the win.
By G. MICHAEL GRAHAM
Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team dominated its 9th Region contest Wednesday.

Highlands (8-4) handled the Covington Holy Cross Indians, 10-0 in five innings at Northern Kentucky University. The game took place as part of the Reds Futures Showcase.