The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (3-0) handled Elmira (New York), 11-0 in five innings in the first game on the Spring Break trip.
The Bluebirds have traveled to Myrtle Beach (S.C) annually for Spring Break to face out-of-state competition. They will face teams from Ohio and New York on this trip.
Highlands outhit Elmira, 11-2. Kenny Ball went 2-for-2 with a double and run scored to lead the Bluebirds and Grayson Heck went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. D.J. Mills doubled in three runs and Joseph Martin added two more runs batted in. Jacob Noe had the other Highlands double.
Three Bluebirds scored at least two runs. Todd Ramey scored three times and Jake Whitford scored twice.
Ricky Raisor pitched four innings to pick up the win for the Bluebirds. He struck out 10 and walked just one. Ball pitched the fifth and struck out one.
Highlands stole three bases. Whitford, Ramey and Brady Murray swiped one base each.
Their next game is Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. They face Olentangy (Ohio).
Newport Central Catholic 18, Dayton 1 (3 innings):
The Thoroughbreds (5-0) handled the Lady Devils in the first 36th District contest of the season.
NewCath sent 19 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored 15 times. Casey Kohls (home run, single, four runs batted in), Loren Zimmerman (single, double, three RBI), Haley Meyers (two singles, three RBI) and Kristen Schreiber (two singles) had two hits each in the frame. Kennedy Bin added two doubles and four RBI.
The scoring barage started when Kohls blasted one over the 200-foot sign. It marked her first home run since she started as an eighth grader for Dayton.
NewCath is not scheduled to play again until Monday. Covington Holy Cross comes to town for a 4 p.m. contest.
Highlands loses twice at South Warren:
The Ladybirds (2-4) dropped two games on the road. South Warren won the first game 7-4 before run-ruling Highlands, 15-1 in the second game.
Highlands travels to Franklin County on Thursday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.