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    Highlands 12 Boone County 2

    Rebels traveled to Ft Thomas to play the Birds who were coming off a short losing streak and the Birds came out playing like they had something to prove. Bunning on the hill for the Birds and Purnell on the hill for the Rebels.
    In the first, Birds strike first with a 2 run shot. Didn't realize how short the RF and CF fence was.
    In the second inning for the Birds, Highlands had multiple hits ,combined w/ a error and some questionable calls on a foul ball down third and a force out at second set the Birds up for a big inning.
    After the 3rd, both teams started getting bench players into the game.
    Bunning did a good job with his off speed to get the Rebels swinging early.
    The Rebels left the hill still trying to fight their way out of an offensive slump.
    Bunning picks up the win and Purnell leaves the game after two innings and takes his first loss of the season.

    I guess, Like I seen somewhere, It was just a scrimmage! LOL
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    Game was 12-2 in 5 innings. Birds had 11 hits to only 3 for Boone. Birds played errorless baseball while the rebels had 3 errors.

    Purnell throws hard. Radar gun had him sitting at 85. Although he seemed to get a bit rattled by the 1st inning HR by Ramey and the questionable calls that juneball referenced. A Hall of Famer in the crowd was noticing his reactions and commented that pitching is so much more than having great stuff. Composure is a vital part of the game especially for a pitcher.

    Congrats to Coach Baioni on his 2nd consecutive 20 win season. Highlands moves to 20-7 while Boone drops to 13-10.

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    Even thou I voted for the Hall of Famer in his political portion of his life, I would have to disagree on his assessment of Purnell's composure. Besides a ball getting away from him and drilling #20 , which is probable going to leave a mark and looked harder than 85, and a few balls in the dirt, nothing pointed to composure loss for the fans that know him. If he lost his composure, your radar gun would have hit closer to 90.
    I was a little shocked they didn't use his curve ball or slider more. Good hitting teams will catch up with the fastball and make some kind of contact. Most of the batters were behind him and it showed with most of the hits going to the 1st base side of the 4 hole except for the HR and a nice bunt in the second. I for one, kept hoping the Rebels would have adjusted for the late swings and closed the hole. Defensive adjustments and take away a few bad calls could have slowed down the big blue wrecking crew. Highlands is definitely a nice hitting club. Best hitting team Boone faced all year, good luck to rest of their season and maybe we get another chance to even it out.

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    The Birds can turn on a fastball. Sounds like they did tonight and I know they did against Ziegelmeyer(sp?) from Ryle this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clyde View Post
    The Birds can turn on a fastball. Sounds like they did tonight and I know they did against Ziegelmeyer(sp?) from Ryle this year.
    There was no turning on the fastball tonight. All reports say the only two hits that went left of second tonight while Purnell was in was a bunt and the HR. I think there was a foul ball which was called fair but I think that was a left handed hitter. I heard the game was originally scheduled at Boone but was cancelled because of a track meet. There would have been no home runs. The HR would have been about 40' shy of the fence. I was told they made contact but every thing was late. Also, little surprised of the 85 reading, I know by reading different social media outlets,Purnell has been clocked several games this year hitting above that esp. in the first innings. When I heard he was pitching against them tonight , I wanted to make it to see if he could go at them like last season. He faced them early last season and worked two innings . I think he faced 12 batters and struck out 7. I know Highland parents that night couldn't believe that Boone was taking him out, but they were relieved. I wouldn't count out Ziegelmeyer or Purnell out late in the year. They are two of the toughest I seen.

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    I was just informed the HR was not even past the left of second. The foul ball called fair was a right handed batter,so the foul ball and the bunt was the only ball that was turned on.

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    Since I can see that pulling the fastball or not is a hot button let me re-phrase. They drive a fast ball well. They didn't "pull" the fastball against Ziegelmeyer much either but they certainly drove the ball. "Turned on" implied "pulling" and the posts above make it obvious that didn't happen.

    It was "a lot" to "nothing" after 3 innings. They did some damage - regardless of what side the ball went to.

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    Clyde, Highlands did do what was needed to get the job done. Boone needs to get out of the offensive slump and put some pressure on the other pitchers.

    With all of the other talk, I forgot to mention the great job the announcer did. I think that was the best announcer I have heard at any high school game. Great Job!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juneball1 View Post
    Clyde, Highlands did do what was needed to get the job done. Boone needs to get out of the offensive slump and put some pressure on the other pitchers.

    With all of the other talk, I forgot to mention the great job the announcer did. I think that was the best announcer I have heard at any high school game. Great Job!!!!
    I am guessing that was Kevin Nieporte. He usually does it and certainly has fun.

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    Am I misreading these posts here. Highlands won 12-2 correct?

    Congrats to the Bitds on a 20 win season.

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    What year is Purnell and size? Also who does he play summer ball with,

    Congrats to the Birds bouncing back after the rough weekend. I still like them to finally get the elusive 9th Region crown.

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    Purnell is a junior and listed at 6'-3" and around 190. He will be playing summer ball with Midland

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ring Master View Post
    I was just informed the HR was not even past the left of second. The foul ball called fair was a right handed batter,so the foul ball and the bunt was the only ball that was turned on.
    To correct prior posters, Whitford hit a single to RF and Murray's bunt was pushed perfectly down the line at third.

    And Ramey's HR would not have been 40 feet short of most fences as it was a rope over the old scoreboard.

    Purnell is obviously a talented pitcher who had a rough outing. I think he gave up 8 or 9 hits in 2 innings. It happens to the best of them. Heck that same Hall of Famer was commenting that he lead the league in home runs allowed many years in the bigs.

    Purnell will bounce back I'm sure.

    Good luck to Boone the rest of the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juneball1 View Post
    Rebels traveled to Ft Thomas to play the Birds who were coming off a short losing streak and the Birds came out playing like they had something to prove. Bunning on the hill for the Birds and Purnell on the hill for the Rebels.
    In the first, Birds strike first with a 2 run shot. Didn't realize how short the RF and CF fence was.
    In the second inning for the Birds, Highlands had multiple hits ,combined w/ a error and some questionable calls on a foul ball down third and a force out at second set the Birds up for a big inning.
    After the 3rd, both teams started getting bench players into the game.
    Bunning did a good job with his off speed to get the Rebels swinging early.
    The Rebels left the hill still trying to fight their way out of an offensive slump.
    Bunning picks up the win and Purnell leaves the game after two innings and takes his first loss of the season.

    I guess, Like I seen somewhere, It was just a scrimmage! LOL
    Man you are good. All these games are basically a scrimmage except for the seeding games and the District and Regional games. At the end of the day does it really matter who won and who lost? No it does not. Some of you people crack me up by trying to rip on what other people post as evidenced by the comments directed at Clyde.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack of all Trades View Post
    Man you are good. All these games are basically a scrimmage except for the seeding games and the District and Regional games. At the end of the day does it really matter who won and who lost? No it does not. Some of you people crack me up by trying to rip on what other people post as evidenced by the comments directed at Clyde.
    i guess you are talking about the scrimmage line, that wasn't toward Clyde, that was toward your comment in the CCH/ Highlands that ruffled a few feathers. Just a joke, nothing more.

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