Friday, April 13, 2018
Highlands Wins Close One in Doc Morris Invitational
But the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (8-3 overall) defeated the Lexington Tates Creek Commodores, 7-6 scoring the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th. Sophomore Ethan Kavanagh led off the inning with a double and senior Drew Rom singled him home.
"I just went up there and did the same mindset I always have. I just want to get a hit," Kavanagh said. "It worked out and we won the game. It all goes back to everything - pitching, defense, hitting. If it all works together then we'll win games. Having the clutch moments will help you win those close games."
Tates Creek (5-4) consistently fields nice teams. The Commodores recently won the 11th Region in 2013 and 2014. They've not had a losing since at least 2001.
"We made plays when we needed to on the mound, defensively and got some big hits," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "We executed our short game really well there at the end, moved runners and had some really good at-bats. Our guys worked their tails off to get on base and help our team win."
Highlands outhit Tates Creek, 12-7. Kavanagh, Rom and junior Kyle Winkler all went 2-for-4 with a double each. Rom scored twice and recorded one run batted in. Kavanagh scored twice and Winkler scored one run. Senior Joe Steiden also doubled scoring two and junior Chris Bridewell had two RBI.
Junior Steven Grimme pitched the final out of the ninth then pitched a scoreless 10th to pick up the win. Senior Hunter Dreves pitched into the sixth striking out seven and walking eight and junior Tanner Juett threw three innings striking out three.
Highlands takes on Greenup County (13-2) in the final game of the invitational Saturday back at Beechwood. Game time is 11 a.m.