The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (11-4 overall) took care of the Louisville Ballard Bruins, 15-0 in three innings in the final game of the Doc Morris Invitational at Campbell County on Saturday.
"When we started playing regularly, guys got their timing down and took some good swings," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "Early on this week, we'd sat for five days and struggled early on. We swung it well and took advantage of some walks with runners in scoring position, which we hadn't been doing a very good job of."
Highlands senior pitcher Steven Grimme pitched the three inning to earn the win. Grimme stuck out four, walked three and allowed two hits.
"We pitched well and we made the routine plays," Baioni said. "Steven really challenged hitters. They hit a couple balls hard and we made plays on them. He did a good job keeping them off-balance."
Neither team made any errors. Highlands senior second baseman Chris Bridewell agreed it is important to not lose focus for even a second on routine plays.
"I think we did pretty well (Saturday)," Bridwell said. "We're getting the plays done when we need to. We're always making sure we get any sort of out. If one batter reaches base even if it's not on an error or bad play, it can cause problems later on."
Highlands senior Bryce Ziegler hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the first. Ziegler finished 2-for-2 with three runs batted in and scored two runs.
Junior Ethan Kavanagh went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Senior Tanner Juett also went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI and a run scored. Junior Mason Schwalbach also had a double, two RBI and scored twice. Senior Nolan Turner had two RBI with senior Casey Greene and junior Brennan Haigis scoring two runs each. Greene and senior Kyle Winkler stole one base each.
Highlands plays host to Covington Holmes on Monday. Game time is 5 p.m.