By John Lachmann
Junior shortstop Jake Whitford singled up the middle to plate the lone run in Highlands’ 1-0 win over Cincinnati McNicholas on Saturday.
Whitford’s hit capped off a 10-pitch at-bat that scored junior center fielder Brady Murray, who was hit by a pitch, bunted to second and reached third on a wild pitch.
Junior left-hander Lou Bunning allowed two hits, no walks and no hit batsmen in five innings to earn his third straight win to open the season for Highlands.
Junior lefty Jake Noe picked up the save for tossing two scoreless innings, allowing just a single on an infield pop-up that no one caught.
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WP: Bunning (3-0). LP: Browning. SV: Noe (1). HITTING LEADERS: H—Murray 2B; Whitford 2-3. M—Mehring 2B; Jacobs 2B. RECORDS: Highlands 10-5, McNicholas 4-3.
RYLE 8, LOUISVILLE MALE 1 – Senior right-hander Ethan Brennan allowed just one hit in six innings to secure his second win of the season for the Raiders.
Senior right fielder Eric Clarkson singled home two to key a five-run first inning for Ryle that blew the game open early.
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WP: Brennan (2-0). LP: Brownley (0-1). HITTING LEADERS: R—Clarkson 2 RBI; Lonnemann 2B. RECORDS: Ryle 6-5, Male 10-8.
CAMPBELL COUNTY 10, JOHNSON CENTRAL 0 – Camels junior right-hander Johnny Eblin allowed just one hit to the second batter of the game to earn his first win of the season.
Junior right fielder Gabe Kremer hit his first career homer during Campbell County’s six-run sixth, extending the lead to nine.
Kremer belted his three-run shot, the first home run of his career, over the left field fence.
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WP: Eblin (1-1). LP: Mayes. HITTING LEADERS: CC—J. Kremer 2-4, 2 RBI; Edwards 2B; Samson 2 RBI; G. Kremer HR (1), 3 RBI. RECORDS: Campbell County 3-5, Johnson Central 11-8.
BEECHWOOD 18, LOUISVILLE TRINITY 13 – Sophomore first baseman Brayden Combs drove in seven runs to pace the Tigers.
Combs’ grand slam in the second inning, his second homer of the season, keyed a nine-run frame that put Beechwood for good.
He also plated three with a fourth-inning double.
Sophomore left fielder Brett Slusher also went deep for the Tigers, leading off the second with his second long ball of the season.
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WP: Stringer (1-0). LP: Hoffman (1-1). HITTING LEADERS: B—Stringer 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Combs 3-5, 2B, HR, 7 RBI; Slusher 3-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI; Schmidt 2-5; Booth 2-4; Rundle 2-4; Fieger 2-4, 3 RBI. RECORDS: Beechwood 9-2. Trinity 7-9.