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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tuesday Highlands Round-Up

Highlands Softball Starts Season with Convincing Victory

PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. Highlands softball Head Coach Rob Coffey gives instructions at a recent practice. The Bluebirds opened the season Tuesday with a win.
The Highlands Bluebirds softball team opened the season with a convincing four-inning 16-1 win over the Bishop Brossart Lady Mustangs (1-2) at Winkler Field.

"They came out a little nervous. We came out and made a couple errors on defense in the first inning," said Rob Coffey, Highlands Head Coach. "But once we settled down, defense was super solid. Pitching was good. We really, really attacked in the box hitting-wise. We were really focused. Our base hits were clean. We've been working on that all winter being super aggressive early in the count so we can hit good pitches."

The Bluebirds banged out 13 hits. Sophomore Caroline Class led the way with three hits and five runs batted in. Senior Rachel Gabbard also had five RBI on two hits.

"When you're facing pitchers where the ball comes in slower, you have to go after it," Class said. "When you're facing a faster pitcher, your timing would be off so everything has to be adjusted. If you're aggressive off the bat, then you're probably going to get a hit because it's going to be a good pitch."

Nine different Bluebirds had hits. Junior Abby Rust added two hits and an RBI. Freshman Anna Greenwell had a triple.

Freshman Gracie Schlosser returned sooner than expected and threw the first two innings striking out three and walking none. Eighth grader Kennedy Baioni threw the last two innings striking out five and walking one.

Highlands plays host to Campbell County (2-0) on Wednesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

Tennis, Girls:
Highlands 5, Dixie Heights 0:

The Bluebirds moved to 3-1 with the road win. They play host to Simon Kenton on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.

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