Highland split an early-season doubleheader at Lexington on Saturday, defeating Buckeye Valley 4-1 before falling 11-1 to Lexington in their second game of the day.
Mack Anglin picked up the win in the first game. He struck out seven, walked one and only surrendered an unearned run on three hits.
The Scots did most of their damage in the second inning, as they got three runs on an RBI single by Drew Duncan and a two-run hit by Reese Weissenfluh. Weissenfluh and Matty Reid both collected multiple hits in the game, as Highland finished with eight total.
“It was a perfect way to start the season,” senior Max Schreiber said. “Nothing better than coming out on Opening Day and playing winning baseball. Getting a win right off the bat gives the team confidence and makes us hungry for another win.”
The second game didn’t work out as well for the Scots. While they got eight hits for the second straight game, they only were able to tally one run off that total. Meanwhile, the Minutemen had no trouble lighting up the scoreboard against five different Highland pitchers.
Tate Tobin finished with three hits, including a double; while Reid added two.
Northmor and visiting Crestline traded wins on Saturday, with the Knights winning the first game of a doubleheader in extra innings before falling in the second game.
In Northmor’s 6-5 win in eight innings, the team jumped out to a 3-0 lead through three innings, but gave up five straight to trail 5-3 going into the bottom of the fifth. However, they tallied two runs in that frame and then picked up the winning run in the eighth.
Chris Bood earned the win in relief, striking out four and giving up three hits in four innings of work after Jordan Wiseman and Wyatt Reeder combined to strike out five, walk nine and surrender four hits.
Nate Hall had a double and single, while Tyler Kegley added two hits and Mostyn Evans connected for a double.
“We were able to overcome a few too many walks and kept hanging in there in this one,” said head coach Buck Workman. “Our pitchers didn’t give up many hits, but we have to throw more strikes.”
The Knights couldn’t make it two in a row, though, as they fell 5-3 in the second game. The score was tied at 2-2 after three innings, but a three-run fifth proved decisive for the Bulldogs.
Kyle Kegley suffered the loss. He and Sam Eichorn combined to strike out five, walk two and surrender five hits. Only one run scored by Crestline was earned, as Northmor committed three errors.
Evans finished with three hits and Wyatt Reeder added two.
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