By John Lachmann
Junior right-hander Elizabeth Sims belted a three-run homer and she made it stand up as Conner held off Ryle, 3-1 in a District 33 semifinal on Wednesday.
Sims’ fifth home run of the season cleared the center field fence. Her blast plated sophomore shortstop Jenna Hicks, who drew a walk, and senior center fielder Sydney Himes, who reached on a bunt single.
The Cougars will face Boone County at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the championship game.
CONNER 000-300-0—3 2 0
RYLE 001-000-0—1 5 1
WP: Sims (16-14). LP: Crupper. HITTING LEADERS: C—Sims HR (5), 3 RBI. R—Steinle 2-3. RECORDS: Conner 18-15, Ryle 16-16.
HIGHLANDS 16, DAYTON 1 – Sophomore first baseman Brennah Dutcher knocked in five runs in a District 36 semifinal.
Dutcher drove in three runs on a first-inning double and singled in one in the second and third innings.
Freshman Miranda Mason threw a no-hitter to earn her second win of the season.
DAYTON 100—1 0 0
HIGHLANDS 457—16 16 2
WP: Mason (2-0). LP: A. Donelan. HITTING LEADERS: H—Dutcher 3-3, 2B, 5 RBI; Quillen 3-3, 3B; Turner 2-2; Graybill 2-3; Gabbard 2B; Leighty 3B. RECORDS: Highlands 22-10, Dayton 10-10.
DIXIE HEIGHTS 7, ST. HENRY 5 – The Colonels scored four times in the bottom of the first and survived a five-run Crusaders fifth in the District 34 final.
Junior center fielder Kaitlyn Buechel singled home the first two runs of the game, and seventh-grade DP Kaylee McGinn plated two with a base hit later in the frame to make it 4-0.
Sophomore shortstop Ellis McCarthy extended the Dixie Heights lead to six with a two-run single in the third.
It was the first district title for the Colonels since 2009.
ST. HENRY 000-050-0—5 7 1
D. HEIGHTS 402-001-X—7 10 3
WP: C. Garrett (12-9, 7 K’s). LP: Kramer. HITTING LEADERS: DH—B. Garrett 2-3, 2B; Buechel 2 RBI; Schulte 2-3; McGinn 2 RBI; McCarthy 2 RBI. SH—J. Roark 2-4; Stewart 3B, 3 RBI. RECORDS: Dixie Heights 12-10, St. Henry 11-16.