The Highland softball team recorded a first round shutout and move on in the winners bracket at the state softball tournament.
Highland won 5-0 against the St. Ansgar Saints, and looked good doing it.
The first inning showed a few nerves from the Huskies, going down in short order and getting caught stealing, while defensively Katie Springer gave up a couple of hits, but Courtnee Hahn returned favor with throwing out a runner at second to end the inning. The Huskies calmed down after the first and put the first run on the board in the top of the second after a fielding error put Morgan Craig on and an RBI double from Seaira Drish scored Craig to make it 1-0. Springer completely controlled and shut down the game in the circle, allowing just two more base runners in the game off of a dropped third strike error in which Hahn chased down the runner and had the ball kicked from her hand as she reached for the tag, and a lone hit with two ours. Springer sat the Saints down in short order in innings four-seven and never allowed a run.
Highland got things really rolling in the third off of a wild throw to first on a slow roller by Cheyann Adamson that went all the way to the fence, and Adamson tagged them all for an inside the park homer off the error. Kelsey Hora then singled, and a walk to Hahn put two on. A passed ball and an RBI single from Bailey Walsh scored both of them to make it 4-0. Highland put up one more in the sixth off of a double from Hora, and on a ball that was playable in right field got past the player Hora jumped on the chance and came home to score on the error to win 5-0.
Highland was led by Hora going 3-4 with two runs, and both Walsh and Drish going 2-4 with an RBI. Springer went all seven, allowed three hits, walked none and struck out five.
Highland moves on to play Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont who were 5-1 winners over Alburnett in round one. The Semifinals are Thursday at 11 AM.