The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team recorded a huge win Friday in the Doc Morris Invitational at Scott.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, Luke Hennigan laid down a sacrifice bunt to score Todd Ramey for the game-winner as Highlands beat the state-ranked Lexington Catholic Knights, 1-0. The Bluebirds (10-3) have won five in a row and recorded the 100th victory since Head Coach Jeremy Baioni took over in 2009.
Ramey doubled to start the eighth and Jake Whitford singled him to third. LexCath intentionally walked D.J. Mills to load the bases.
Mitch Jones threw a complete game to pick up the pitching win for Highlands. He struck out seven, walked none and allowed just three hits.
The Bluebirds recorded 11 hits. Conner Kreeger, Whitford and Mills had two hits each for Highlands.
Highlands takes on Boyle County on Saturday back at Scott. Game time is 11 a.m.
Newport Central Catholic 6, Cooper 1:
The Thoroughbreds (6-9) took down the Jaguars behind the solid pitching of senior Grant Moeves. He struck out 10 and drove in three runs on two hits including a triple.
Zack Pangallo added a triple and two RBI for NewCath. Teammate Clint Bartels went 2-for-3.
NewCath faces defending 16th Region champion Boyd County back at Ryle to finish the Doc Morris Invitational. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
Highlands 18, Lloyd Memorial 0:
The Ladybirds (7-5) handled the hosts in three innings. They have won four in a row.
Junior pitcher Bailey Spencer threw the first two innings striking out four. She's recorded 26 strikeouts in 12 innings over the last three games.
Junior Shelby Graybill pitched the third inning for Highlands. She struck out one.
Graybill and Brennah Dutcher went 3-for-3 to lead Highlands. Whitney Quillen went 1-for-1 with two walks and three stolen bases.
Highlands plays host to Cincinnati Colerain on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.
Newport Central Catholic 2, Rowan County 1:
The Thoroughbreds (8-3) scored the only runs needed to win it in the bottom of the sixth to win the first game of the Kentucky Prep 5-Star Classic at North Laurel.
Loren Zimmerman doubled and Haley Meyers doubled her home. Meyers then scored on a wild pitch.
Meyers recorded the win for NewCath. She struck out 10.
The Thoroughbreds face Perry County Central at 9 a.m. back in London.