The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team (26-9) soundly advanced to the 36th District championship game with a three-inning 18-0 win over the Newport Wildcats in the semifinals.
It started on the mound with senior Steven Grimme throwing a no-hitter. He struck out four and walked three.
Sixteen different Highlands players had at-bats in the win. Highlands also took advantage of 10 walks. Senior Grady Cramer and junior Nate Gesenhues both went 2-for-2 and scored one run. Cramer tripled and drove in three with Gesenhues driving in two.
Highlands plays Newport Central Catholic on Monday for the district championship. Game time is 5 p.m.
Highlands Loses Twice:
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team (13-10 overall) lost 10-0 in six innings against the host Oldham County Lady Colonels before losing 6-2 against the Louisville Mercy Jaguars.
Oldham County outhit Highlands, 15-5. The Bluebirds also committed three errors in the loss to none for the Lady Colonels. Freshman Anna Greenwell, senior Rachel Gabbard, junior Piper Macke, eighth grader Carly Cramer and junior Kerigan Bailey had singles for Highlands.
Mercy outhit Highlands, 9-4 in the second game. Highlands also committed two errors to none for Mercy.
Junior Abby Rust went 2-for-3 and scored a run for the Bluebirds. Senior Michaela Brown and seventh grader Michelle Barth had the other two Highlands singles.
Top-seeded Highlands takes on either Newport or Bellevue in the 36th District semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Winkler Field. The championship game is Thursday at 5 p.m.