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Fort Thomas Matters Sports Reporter

It turned into their second win in two days in the Palmetto State.

But this one was more convincing.

The Highlands Bluebirds baseball team handled the Johnson Central Golden Eagles, 11-1 in six innings at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach. Highlands moved to 6-1 with the win and Johnson Central fell to 9-3.

Lou Bunning picked up the pitching win for Highlands. At the plate for the Bluebirds, Jake Whitford went 2-for-2 with a double and Brady Murray tripled. Todd Ramey, Kenny Ball and Jacob Noe had two runs batted in each.

Highlands resumes action down south at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Bluebirds face Glen Ellyn (Illinois).


Fort Thomas Sports: Tuesday Sports Briefs

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Nice outing by JR Bunning. Control was better and off-speed pitches were effective at keeping the hitters off balance. Did a very nice job of finishing the 5th when he was clearly on a short leash. Bulldog attitude allowed him to finish the inning rather than being replaced mid-inning. Always feels better. There's a reason they call the DP a "pitcher's best friend" and Bunning was helped by 2 of them -- the 1st on a sparkling play by JR Whitford on a slow roller that he picked up on the 2B side of the bag, tagged the runner on the helmet, spun 360 and fired to 1st to end the inning; the 2nd on a bases loaded bouncer to 3B that JR Ramey fielded calmly, stepped on the bag and threw to 1st to end the inning. Ramey also had a gem to start the game ranging to the line with a backhand stab and a strong throw. If he continues to play 3B like that, it will open up some options for the Birds at other locations.


JR Heck pitched a scoreless 6th which keeps the Birds' staff intact after 2 days and with 3 games to go.


Batting is well summarized above. JR Hennigan and JR Whitford hit the hardest balls of the day for doubles.

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