In a rematch of last year's state quarterfinals, the Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (10-4 overall) defeated the Paintsville Tigers (10-6) by a 7-2 score at Campbell County on Friday in the Doc Morris Invitational.
Highlands senior Grady Cramer pitched a complete game to earn the victory. Cramer struck out nine and allowed just three hits, two earned runs and walked none.
The Bluebirds batted .333 (9-for-27) for the game compared to .136 (3-for-22) for the Tigers. Both teams committed two errors.
Junior Ethan Kavanagh went 3-for-3 with two runs batted in, two runs scored and a stolen base to lead Highlands. Junior Mason Schwalbach went 2-for-3 and senior Cooper Schwalbach doubled. Senior Chris Bridewell also stole a base.
Highlands scored twice in the bottom of the third. After Paintsville tied the game, the Bluebirds scored four in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead for good.
Highlands plays Louisville Ballard (8-6) in the final game of the Doc Morris Invitational on Saturday back at Campbell County. Game time is 10 a.m.