Knowing they are going to face each other in the 33rd District semifinals and have a ton of games in what is expected to be a sunny week, neither the visiting Ryle Lady Raiders (15-12 overall) nor the Conner Lady Cougars (10-7) softball teams started their aces.
Ryle Head Coach Jarret Goddard said he’s not concerned about it overall. But Ryle stayed in the hunt for the second seed in the 33rd District Tournament at Boone County that starts May 21 with a 9-5 victory. The top two seeds will be the home teams in the semifinals.
“We all get 21 outs,” Goddard said. “I’ll play that game whether we’re the home or the visitor. The district win is the most important thing. As we’re rolling into next week, that’s a confidence builder for us. We were able to do some things and see some more things against the team that we’re going to play (in the 33rd semifinals) to put a game plan together to execute on those things.”
Ryle finished 3-3 in district seed action splitting the two games against Conner. Conner is 3-2 in district play and can still earn the second seed with a win over Cooper on Thursday at 5 p.m.
But the Ratings Percentage Index will decide the second seed if Ryle and Conner finish 3-3 in district seed play. Ryle has a .56253 RPI and Conner is close at .55593. RPI is a combination based largely on strength of schedule.
Goddard has talked about explosion innings all season. Ryle found itself on the positive side of one in the top of the third scoring eight runs and holding on for the win.
Errors made a huge difference in this game. Ryle scored seven unearned runs off four Conner errors and yielded one off two errors.
“That was the thing,” said Shawn Sproles, Conner Head Coach. “Making routines so they’re not getting extra bases is all it came down to. There were a couple mistakes that we made on our end that ended up backfiring.”
Junior Lerin Moreland (4-3) pitched five innings earning the win. She did not strike out anyone, but only walked one. Sophomore Maddie Goddard pitched the last two innings striking out one and walking one.
“On a warm day, Lerin Moreland threw a fantastic game,” Coach Goddard said. “They started getting to her that (fifth) inning. I told the girls we’re not acclimated to this type of weather yet (and) to let me know when you’re getting tired. She was getting a little tired. We did our job and held them off.”
Conner started freshman Ellie Ortiz (2-3). She struck out two pitching into the third inning. But the Lady Cougars had to bring in sophomore left-hander Mollie Sharp when Ryle built the big lead. Sharp struck out six and Ortiz struck out two.
“(Ortiz) struggled a bit getting her feet wet. But the defense let us down,” Sproles said. “That’s something that’s not usually happened. But that’s good. If we’re going to have a bad game, we’d rather have it now. We’re still excited where we’re at. We have some small things to fix. Our hitting approach was much better so they’re making adjustments during the game. That should benefit us as we go.”
Ryle batted just .194 (6 for 31) overall. But the Lady Raiders also took advantage of 11 walks. Freshman catcher Laney Schuster went 2 for 4 with an RBI to lead the way. Senior center fielder Grace Morgan walked twice, drove in two and scored twice. Junior third baseman Payton Godfrey batted in two.
A number of others did smaller things to lead the big Ryle win. Junior Emily Zmurk came in at right field, made some routing plays and scored a crucial run. Zmurk, junior second baseman Aaliyah Kaseke, junior shortstop Avery Parsons and freshman pinch runner Hannah Dunn had one stolen base each.
Conner batted .313 (10 for 32) overall. Sharp went 2 for 3 with an RBI and eighth grade third baseman Breanna Meredith went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Senior shortstop Alex Cobble had a triple.
Kaseke bunted and reached on an error to start the top of the third for Ryle. She then stole second and beat the throw to third when Parsons grounded to short. Maddie Goddard then walked to load the bases. Godfrey hit a ground ball to second, but Kaseke beat the throw home to put Ryle up 1-0. Schuster then recorded an infield single to score Parsons making it 2-0 Ryle.
That’s when junior first baseman Grace Tranbarger stepped to the plate and Ryle cleared the bases on a Conner error. Goddard, Godfrey and Zmurk scored to give Ryle a 5-0 advantage. Tranbarger wound up at third on the play.
“I live by the fact you pull for your team,” Zmurk said. “You get on base no matter how. If you need to bunt, you bunt. If you need a hit, you hit. There’s a sequence to start that. The team will lead off with energy and will lead to a big inning.”
Moreland walked and Dunn ran for her. Dunn stole second and Morgan singled them both in with one out to put Ryle up 7-0. Morgan reached second on a wild pitch and following a Kaseke walk, Parsons singled her in to put Ryle up 8-0. Conner threw Kaseke out at the plate preventing more damage on the play.
“We’ve been executing our game plans as we roll through these games,” Coach Goddard said. “One of our game plans was to turn those (opponent) mistakes into multiple mistakes. Being able to turn our mistakes into outs is what we’re working on.”
Conner did earn one run back in the bottom of the third. Eighth grade second baseman Averie Lightner reached on a fielder’s choice scoring sophomore Katie Hammond.
The Lady Cougars put together a rally in the bottom of the fifth. Hammond walked and moved to second when junior center fielder Keira Holeman grounded out before scoring when Cobble tripled. Sharp then singled in Cobble cutting the Ryle lead to 8-3. Then with two out and runners at first and second, Meredith singled to center scoring Ortiz and Lightner cutting the lead to 8-5.
But Ryle earned the third out avoiding any more damage. Moreland got sophomore right fielder Aaliyah Secrest to fly out to Morgan in center field.
“I think when you’re in a situation like that, you’re wanting to get your team out of it,” Morgan said. “Whenever they hit the ball, you have to relax and be confident you can make the play. Your coaches put it in you to do what you need to do for the team.”
The Lady Raiders added one more in the top of the seventh to make the final score. Ryle loaded the bases with one out and Godfrey drew a bases-loaded walk with two out to score Morgan.
Ryle travels to Simon Kenton (13-10) on Thursday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
Cooper 2, Grant County 0:
The Lady Jaguars (22-5) knew they had to play error-free softball and match Grant County freshman pitcher Brianna Knochelman pitch for pitch defensively.
Cooper senior Amber Chaney and junior Kendall Blau did just that on the mound and the Lady Jaguars made no errors behind them. Chaney struck out four pitching into the sixth inning, walked two and allowed just three hits. Blau (9-2) retired all four Lady Braves (12-11) she faced striking out two to earn the win.
“(Knochelman’s rise ball) has a late jump,” said Rusty Scott, Cooper Head Coach. “Her location is impeccable. She starts it right below the letters and finishes right above the letters. Unless you have a good approach up there, it’s tough to hit. It’s by far the best rise ball in the Northern Kentucky area.”
Knochelman struck out 13 Lady Jaguars. But Cooper came through with the game’s only runs with two outs in the top of the seventh when junior Emily Schmeltz belted a two-run home run on the first pitch. That marked her eighth of the season.
“She’d gotten almost the same pitch the first two at bats. They started (Schmeltz) low and outside the first at bat right on the corner of the plate called strike. We took it,” Scott said. “I told her that’s probably the best pitch you’re getting that at bat. Go attack that pitch when you see it. Instead of taking it for a strike, she hit it out of the yard.”
But eighth grade right fielder Ainsley Scroggie set up the home run with a critical single against Knochelman. Scroggie fouled off the first two pitches, took two balls then hit the ball onto the grass in center field.
“It was so great knowing that any hit can contribute to the game,” Scroggie said. “Getting on base started something. I was so excited because we switched the momentum of the game.”
Cooper has won 12 of its last 13 games. The Lady Jaguars travel to Conner (10-7) to finish the last 33rd District seed game of the season at 5 p.m.
Dixie Heights 11, Villa Madonna 0 (5 innings):
The Colonels (16-4) continued the longest winning streak in the 9th Region with their 11th straight. They also earned the top seed in the 34th District outright with a win over the Vikings (12-8).
“We have a big week this week,” said Sarah Osborne, Dixie Heights Head Coach. “We could go 0-7 or we realistically could go 7-0. But you want to be peeking at this time of the year.”
Sophomore pitcher Riley Hopkins (13-4) pitched another complete game. She struck out 12, walked none and allowed just one hit. Dixie Heights made no errors behind her. Hopkins also went 2 for 3 at the plate with a double and RBI.
Dixie Heights batted .538 (14 for 26) overall. Junior shortstop Ella Steczynski led the way going 4 for 4 with two triples, one RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore center fielder Taylor Ingram hit a two-run home run in the seven-run fifth inning. She drove in three and scored twice.
Dixie Heights had six extra-base hits total. Sophomore first baseman Skylar Mitchell went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Eighth grade designated hitter Sydney Schumacher went 2 for 3 with one run scored.
“I feel like even if a teammates isn’t playing her best, we can pick them up and have a good team win,” Schumacher said. “We can trust our players in the infield and the outfield to make the plays that we need. That gives us more confidence to win games.”
The Colonels have seen a number of pinch runners contribute throughout the season. Seventh grader Haley Waters and eighth grader Kalee Stewart scored runs in that fifth inning as pinch runners.
“I first need to trust myself to know where the ball is going and what position the ball is going to be played in,” Waters said. “But I trust my coaches a lot. It’s really good to know the feeling of getting things down when the coaches tell you to do them.”
Dixie Heights takes on Boone County (9-15) in Florence at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Villa Madonna plays host to Holmes (8-13) on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Campbell County 9, Highlands 5:
The Camels (11-7) won their fourth in a row defeating the Bluebirds (16-11) for the second time this season.
Campbell County never looked back after taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. The Camels scored three unearned runs off two Bluebird errors and allowed none off their lone error.
Junior Paige Stewart (9-3) earned the win for Campbell County pitching four innings, striking out one, walking six and allowing five earned runs. But eighth grader Faith Whitford came on in the fifth inning and held the Bluebirds scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings striking out three and walking none. Whitford’s cousin is
“That was (Whitford’s) first varsity appearance and man were we impressed with her,” said Sandi Kitchen, Campbell County Head Coach. “We have pitching sessions and her speed is right up there with the rest of them. Sometimes its a little inconsistent. But her change up hit its spots. That was the highlight of the evening. We strung together some hits. That was huge. Paige battled back from some tough counts. But she did a good job as well.”
The Camels batted .424 (14 for 33) overall with four doubles. Senior left fielder Maddie Kramer led the way going 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Freshman second baseman Moriah Price went 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Freshman right fielder Jayci Kremer went 2 for 3 with a double, RBI and run scored and Stewart went 2 for 4. Junior first baseman Emily Nadeau and eighth grade shortstop Samantha Perry batted in two each.
Price doubled in junior catcher Izzy Whisman after Whisman reached second on a Highlands error with two out in the bottom of the second. Price then scored when Perry singled.
“That was amazing. It was 3-2. I got down in the count,” Price said. “I stepped out of the box, took a deep breath and knew what was coming next. I was confident in myself and hit it. I got us started. We were all really excited for this game.”
Juniors Kennedy Baioni and Carly Cramer pitched three innings each for Highlands. They combined to strike out three and walk two. Both had doubles at the plate. Cramer went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and Baioni batted in two.
Highlands batted .276 (8 for 29) overall. Sophomore center fielder Bailey Markus went 2 for 3 with one RBI, two stolen bases and one run scored. Senior shortstop Anna Greenwell went 2 for 3 with one RBI and one run scored.
Campbell County travels to Bishop Brossart (11-12) for a crucial 37th District game at 5 p.m. Thursday. Highlands plays host to Grant County (12-11) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Boone County 11, Beechwood 0 (6 innings):
The Lady Rebels (9-15) snapped a six-game losing streak with the 9th Region road win over the Tigers (12-14).
Senior KB Irwin (6-10) pitched the first three innings to earn the win striking out two and walking none. Freshman Dani Wright pitched the last three striking out one and walking two. Irwin went 3 for 4 at the plate with one RBI and two runs scored.
Beechwood made three errors to none for Boone County. The Lady Rebels scored four unearned runs.
Boone County batted .429 (15 for 35) overall seeing five players record multi-hit games and stole six bases. Junior catcher Kailey Richardson went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI. Senior Abbey Sproles went 3 for 4 with a double, four RBI and one run scored. Junior shortstop Harper Kinman went 3 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and one run scored. Freshman outfielder Savannah Steele went 2 for 3 with three runs scored.
“Beechwood made some mistakes. So did we,” said Andy Petridis, Boone County Head Coach. “We’re in the stretch. At this point, you’re hoping your getting momentum up just playing some of your best ball. We have some things we’re trying to iron out now. We can hit better. But we had timely hits. We used a little bit of speed on the bases. One of the things we did I was pleased to see is on 1-2, 0-2 counts, we had productive at bats. We were still moving runners. We weren’t just having empty at bats.”
Despite the lopsided win, Petridis said that’s the best Beechwood team he’s ever seen crediting Tiger Head Coach Mary Beth Odom and staff for bringing them along. Beechwood batted .190 (4 for 21) overall. Sophomore right fielder Katelynn Murphy went 2 for 3 to lead the way. Junior Brooklyn McGuire pitched a complete game striking out seven.
Boone County plays host to Dixie Heights (16-4) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Beechwood travels to Newport Central Catholic (8-6) on Friday at 5 p.m.
Simon Kenton 13, Carroll County 1 (5 innings):
The Lady Pioneers (13-10) downed the Lady Panthers (2-13) in an 8th Region game.
Seventh grade pitcher Lauren McIntosh (2-1) made her first varsity start and threw a complete game. McIntosh struck out four, walked three and gave up three hits and one earned run.
“She started off a little nervous and from there, pitched really, really well,” said Chris Young, Simon Kenton Head Coach. “It’s great at least for the long-term development of the program. I think admittedly you run across two things no matter who they are mentally. It’s a struggle. You’re a seventh grader and your facing 16, 17, 18-year-olds. Sometimes, physically it’s a struggle. You have to balance that so you’re not putting them in harms way or in a position they can’t succeed. That’s what I told Lauren. I wouldn’t be putting you here if I didn’t think you could do it.”
Simon Kenton batted .542 (13 for 24) overall. Senior shortstop Alexis Baker went 2 for 2 to lead the Lady Pioneers scoring three times. Sophomore first baseman Emilie Young went 2 for 3 with a triple, six RBI and scored a run. Freshman second baseman Larkin Mitchell scored twice. Sophomore Addison Johnson, sophomore Kayden Porter and seventh grader Jayden Jones added doubles.
Neither team had any errors in the game. Simon Kenton drew three walks.
“It’s been a better adjustment to play because we’re all not freezing,” Emilie Young said of the warmer temperatures. “I ran hard and listened to my coaches (on the triple). I turned on one and hit it down the left field line.”
Simon Kenton plays host to Ryle (15-12) at 5:30 p.m. game Thursday.
Simon Kenton 6, Beechwood 1:
The Pioneers (16-10) knocked off the Tigers (22-5) behind seven strong innings from sophomore Logan Cones (3-0). It marked the 401st win in the career of Simon Kenton Head Coach Troy Roberts. He came to Simon Kenton in 2012 after recording 184 at Scott.
Cones struck out three, walked two and allowed one earned run. The Pioneers had no errors to one for Beechwood. But Simon Kenton did not score any runs off the Beechwood error.
“Logan did an outstanding job,” Roberts said. “He had three pitches working. The change-up was on. He doesn’t always have that. He had his curve ball working and placed his fastball. He was phenomenal. Defensively, we made the plays we needed to make. It was one of the most complete games we played all year.”
Simon Kenton batted .379 (11 for 29) overall. Senior catcher Tom Lind led the way going 4 for 4 with two runs scored. Senior center fielder Logan Grubenhoff went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI. Senior Nolan Schreiber scored twice and junior Gavin Riley batted in three.
“We had a pretty good approach,” Roberts said. “We tried to hunt that first-pitch fastball. If we got it, a lot of our guys took a good swing on it. If we didn’t, then we stayed in and went pitch to pitch. Something we’ve struggled with is good approaches throughout our line-up and really attacking the pitch that is a good pitch to hit. We’ve been missing those. We did a better job of that instead of hitting the pitcher’s pitch.”
Beechwood batted .240 (6 for 25) overall. Junior center fielder Mitchell Berger went 2 for 2 with a run scored and two stolen bases. Junior first baseman Cameron Boyd had a double.
Junior Matt Kappes (4-1) started and pitched into the fourth innings for Beechwood. He struck out one and walked three. Junior Sam Stacy finished the game striking out four.
Simon Kenton travels to Walton-Verona (19-8) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Beechwood plays host to Holy Cross (9-20) at the same time.
Conner 7, Covington Catholic 1:
The Cougars (26-5) took down the Colonels (16-12) pulling away with three in the bottom of the fourth. This is the second win for Conner over CovCath this season.
Conner batted .400 (12 for 30) overall. Junior center fielder Ayden Lohr went 4 for 4 scoring three times at the lead-off spot.
“This is the right time to be peeking and playing the game the right way,” said Brad Arlinghaus, Conner Head Coach. “Right now, we’re playing pretty well. You like to see the errors at zero. We still had some bad approaches. Maybe I’m being a little negative, a little hard. But overall, we did pretty well. But there’s still things we need to fix.”
Senior left fielder Cody Crawford and shortstop Gage Testerman also had big games with one double each. Crawford went 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Testerman went 3 for 4 with two RBI and senior second baseman Blaise Bowman scored twice. Crawford credited junior Brayden Stidham for coming in and recording a pinch hit RBI-scoring single.
“We’ll have a guy who needs to be taken out for an inning and we’ll have a guy who comes in cold off the bench with maybe two runners on base and gets on base,” Crawford said. “That’s what we need from the line-up. That we need to win the games we need to win. I don’t need to be in for us to succeed. It’s a great feeling.”
Sophomore Rex Richter (5-0) pitched a complete game for the Cougars. He struck out six, walked two and allowed just four hits and one unearned run.
“I know the middle of the line-up starting with (junior catcher Jonathan) Fitz can really hit the ball,” Richter said. “If you don’t hit your spots, he’s definitely going to take advantage of them. The off-speed was working. It was the first warm day I’ve pitched this year and it felt good.”
Conner had three errors to two for CovCath. Both team had one unearned run.
Conner plays host to St. Henry (13-13-1) on Friday at 5 p.m. CovCath takes on Dixie Heights (20-7) on Friday at the same time at Great American Ballpark.
Dixie Heights 6, Bishop Brossart 1:
The Colonels (20-7) won their eighth in a row taking down the visiting Mustangs (15-14-1).
Senior Brendon Cullen (1-0) pitched a complete game for Dixie Heights. He struck out one, walked two and allowed just one earned run.
Dixie Heights batted .321 (9 for 28) overall. Senior left fielder Gabe Thelen went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored. Senior second baseman Evan Dickerson went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Senior catcher Mark Dugan hit a three-run home run to right in the bottom of the first to give Dixie Heights a 3-0 lead. Senior shortstop Jay Flynn scored twice.
“I think it’s great as we wrap up the season here and head into the postseason,” Thelen said. “Hopefully, we can keep it going and keep the bats hot. We kept telling (some guys) to keep putting the bat on the ball and eventually, some things will start falling. That’s what they’ve been doing.”
Bishop Brossart batted .167 (4 for 24) overall. Senior Mitchell Combs (4-2) pitched the first three innings taking the loss for the Mustangs.
Dixie Heights takes on CovCath (16-12) in the Coach Conner Classic at Great American Ballpark at 5 p.m. on Friday. Bishop Brossart takes on Madison Central (22-7) in the Fayette County Invitational at 6 p.m. Friday.
Walton-Verona 5, Boone County 1:
The Bearcats (19-8) pulled away from the Rebels (9-15) with three runs in the top of the seventh in Florence.
Boone County had two errors to none for Walton-Verona. The Bearcats scored three unearned runs in that seventh inning.
Senior Nick Allen (4-1) pitched a complete game for the Bearcats. He struck out five, walked none and allowed just four hits throwing 72 pitches.
“Nick was very efficient,” said Clint Coleman, Walton-Verona Head Coach. “Boone is an aggressive team. (The Rebels) were jumping all over his fastball early, but hitting right at us. Our defense continued to play well staying sharp. When Nick has his curve ball working as well as it was, he’s really tough to hit.”
Walton-Verona batted .286 (8 for 28) overall. Junior center fielder Ethan Mills went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and one run scored. Junior first baseman Lance Coleman went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in that seventh inning. Sophomore Bryce Corpus singled to start that seventh inning.
“I came up there hoping to get some fastballs thrown at me,” Corpus said. “I capitalized on the second one. The first one was thrown a little bit inside. My teammates did a good job getting me over and Lance capitalized to build some distance in that inning.”
Senior Jason Williams went 2 for 2 to lead Boone County at the plate. Senior Tyler Krohman started on the mound throwing four innings striking out six. Senior Jayden Wilson finished the game striking out three.
Walton-Verona plays host to Simon Kenton (16-10) on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Boone County takes on Mercer County (22-9-1) on Friday in the Fayette County Invitational.
Campbell County 18, Cooper 4 (6 innings):
The Camels (18-9) downed the Jaguars (9-20) for the second time this season. They also run-ruled Cooper, 10-0 on April 25 in Alexandria in five innings.
The Camels batted .455 (15 for 33) overall drawing nine walks. Senior Zack Riley went 4 for 5 with three RBI and three runs scored. Junior Jake Gross went 3 for 3 with one RBI and three runs scored. Senior center fielder Greg Vineyard went 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored with senior first baseman Jake Napier going 2 for 4 with three RBI. Senior left fielder Caeleb James doubled and scored twice with junior Evan Clark scoring three times and senior Tyler Fowler scoring twice.
“Offensively, we came out and put the ball in play,” said Scott Schweitzer, Campbell County Head Coach. “When they put runners on and gave us free passes, we took advantage. We got some big two-out hits to score some runs. I’ll take 37 runs in two games anytime.”
Senior Trent Sorgenfrei started the game pitching three innings striking out two, walking one and allowing four hits. Gross finished the game striking out five.
“I’ve been struggling,” Sorgenfrei said. “It’s all mental. When you get frustrated, things do not go well at all. I kept thinking from the last games, ‘I need to do this better.’ But you have to clear your mind. You have to live in the moment instead of living in the past.”
Cooper used four different pitchers and batted .320 (8 for 25) at the plate. Senior Emmit Sipple led the way going 2 for 3. Sophomore center fielder Connor Robinson and junior James Crowe had doubles.
Cooper takes on Holy Cross (9-20) in the Coach Conner Classic on Friday at 5 p.m. Campbell County faces Conner (26-5) in the classic on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Great American Ballpark.
Ryle 10, Bellevue 0 (5 innings):
The Raiders (15-12) won a second straight taking down the visiting Tigers (9-18).
Senior Walker Bludworth (2-0) pitched the first four innings for Ryle striking out nine, walking one and allowing just one hit. Senior Parker Coop pitched the fifth inning striking out one.
Ryle batted .286 (6 for 21) overall drawing six walks and stealing seven bases. Senior Josh Furtado and freshman third baseman Dylan McIntyre had doubles and stole one base each. Senior Brayden Stewart batted in two. Senior Tyler Sickmeyer stole two bases.
Ryle plays twice in the Fayette County Invitational on Friday. The Raiders take on Frederick Douglass and Lexington Christian at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Newport Central Catholic 19, Newport 3 (3 innings):
The Thoroughbreds (14-10) downed the Wildcats (3-16) to clinch the outright top seed in the 36th District Tournament.
NewCath threw three pitchers combining for five strikeouts, seven walks, no hits and three earned runs. They were seniors Kaedon Butts, Joel Iles and Dominic Drury. Butts went 2 for 3 with three RBI and three runs scored. Iles went 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.
NewCath batted .625 (15 for 24) overall. Sophomore third baseman Connor Seiter went 3 for 3 with a home run, double, three RBI and three runs scored. Senior first baseman Luke Brockman went 3 for 4 with one RBI and three runs scored. Junior catcher Cole Fausz went 2 for 2 with two RBI and one run scored. Senior shortstop Luke Wiles had a home run, three runs scored and two RBI.
NewCath travels to Ludlow (11-17) on Thursday for a 5 p.m. game. Newport plays host to Pendleton County (9-14) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller 8, Highlands 3:
Highlands (16-12) ventured across the river and faced the state-ranked Greater Catholic League South champion Crusaders (20-2).
Highlands trailed 3-0 after two before scoring twice in the top of the third to cut it to 3-2. But Moeller pulled away with two in the bottom of the inning and two more in the bottom of the sixth.
Junior Jack Hendrix (4-1) started and pitched three innings striking out five, walking four and allowing five hits and five earned runs. Sophomore Zach DeSylva pitched the last three innings striking out one, walking two and allowing six hits and three earned runs.
Highlands travels to St. Henry (13-13-1) on Thursday. Game time is 5 p.m.
South Dearborn (Indiana) 4, St. Henry 3:
The Crusaders (13-13-1) ventured across the river and lost on the road. St. Henry has lost five straight.
St. Henry made two errors to none for South Dearborn. That led to one South Dearborn unearned run, which made a difference in the game.
The Crusaders batted .174 (4 for 23) overall. Senior catcher Carter Scheben had a double and walked twice. Junior first baseman Luke Keipert plated two.
Senior Connor Albrinck (1-4) took the loss pitching into the fourth inning striking out three, walking three and allowing three hits and three earned runs. Sophomore Carson Shea finished the game walking one and allowing three hits.
St. Henry plays host to Highlands (16-12) on Thursday at 5 p.m.
The Bluebirds finished 12-6 with the win Tuesday. Region play begins Saturday.
Other May 11 NKY Softball Scores:
Calvary Christian 18, Lloyd Memorial 3 (5 innings)
Dayton 14, St. Henry 6
Villa Madonna 16, Ludlow 1 (4 innings)
Other May 11 NKY Baseball Score:
Calvary Christian 5, Villa Madonna 0