By John Lachmann
Seventh-grader Rachel Gabbard drew a walk in the fifth inning and her pinch runner scored the go-ahead run as Highlands edged Newport Central Catholic, 2-1 in the District 36 final on Thursday.
A bunt moved the runner to second, and on a grounder to third and the subsequent throw to first, eighth-grader pinch runner Brooke Dill came around to score.
Eighth-grader Miranda Mason was named the most valuable player of the tournament for winning both games, including a three-inning no-hitter on Wednesday.
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HIGHLANDS 100-010-X—2 2 1
WP: Mason (3-0). LP: Meyers. RECORDS: Highlands 23-11, NewCath 18-10.
CONNER 3, BOONE COUNTY 1 – Senior Sydney Himes tripled home a run in the top of the first and the Cougars never looked back in the District 33 final.
It was the second straight district title for Conner.
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WP: Sims (17-14). LP: Knotts (16-5). HITTING LEADERS: C—Ellis 2-3; Snelbaker 2-2; Hicks 2-3. BC—Graham HR; Palmer 2-3; Foster 2B. RECORDS: Conner 19-15, Boone County 20-7.