|Bluebirds nip Crusaders, 3-2|
|PHOTO: Allen Ramsey, DWCPhoto.com. Highlands junior Hunter Dreves fires away in a recent game.|
In the third meeting against a Greater Catholic League South opponent this year, Highlands edged the Cincinnati Moeller Crusaders (17-6), 3-2 Monday at Highland Park. The Bluebirds had lost to GCL South opponents Cincinnati St. Xavier and Elder earlier in the year.
This marked the eighth straight win for the Bluebirds. They last lost 7-1 to Elder on April 19 at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Field.
"We sometimes find ourselves putting unrealistic expectations on our guys," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "We have to keep it in perspective that they are high school kids with a lot going on. What this team does well is focus when the game deems it necessary and relax when the game allows for it. This group of guys has been extremely dedicated to the process in all facets of the game. But as you know, it all starts with a group of guys working hard on the mound."
Highlands made the most of its six hits with senior Bradley Green delivering in the second inning. Green hit a triple down the line in right field to score Brady Gosney and Sam Hennigan to put the Bluebirds up 2-0.
"I just got a good pitch to hit and took advantage of it. I got a good piece of the bat on it," Greene said. "I know right away I could get two. Once I got close to second, I looked over to third base to see Coach Baioni. It was kind of hard to see him, but I was confident I could get three. He sent me and I wound up with a stand-up triple."
The Bluebirds answered a Moeller run in the bottom of the third. Ethan Doty singled home Ethan Kavanagh.
Highlands junior Hunter Dreves picked up the win with the complete game. He struck out three, walked three, allowed four hits and two earned runs. Neither team committed an error.
Highlands takes on Cincinnati La Salle on Tuesday at Highland Park. Game time is 5 p.m.