The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (23-9 overall) held a 5-3 lead going into the seventh inning at Highland Park on Monday.
But the Cooper Jaguars (23-7) scored seven runs in the top of the frame to record a 10-5 9th Region victory. The loss stopped the four-game Highlands winning streak and left the Bluebirds 11-3 in region play.
The Jaguars had 13 hits in 31 at-bats for a .419 batting average. Highlands hit just 6-for-26 for a .231 average. Senior Grady Cramer went 3-for-4 with a home run, double, three runs scored and one run batted in to lead the Bluebirds. Junior Ethan Kavanagh went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
"Over the last week except for the CovCath game, we haven't had more than two guys with multiple hits," said Jeremy Baioni, Highlands Head Coach. "We hits some balls hard right at (the Cooper fielders). Minus the CovCath game, we haven't put it together offensively ever since we put up the 21 runs (against Upper Arlington, Ohio). We really need to do a better job of that to give ourselves a chance."
Neither team committed any errors. But the Jaguars had three home runs to one for the Bluebirds.
Highlands faces Campbell County on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.