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Cory Stewart’s first career home run allowed Highland to take a lead and finish out game two of a doubleheader against Iowa Mennonite with a win.
“The kid has been on fire recently, I believe something like 12 RBIs in the last seven games,” Highland coach Seth Milledge said. “He’s pretty free and easy right now. He’s not too up, not too down about everything and even keel.”
At that point in the fourth the Huskies had already driven in one to tie the game at four and an infield single from Bill Laughlin and a double from Brody Burton put two on base. Stewart then drove the ball to deep right center field and put Highland ahead 7-4, a lead they wouldn’t give up.
Then once the bats kicked in for Highland, the pitching and defense backed them up. Eighth-grader Chase Schultz started the game on the mound for Highland and went four and one-third innings, allowing four runs.
“He threw a no-hitter against Columbus last week and he’s throwing a ton of strikes,” Milledge said. “He was being aggressive and going after the guys in the zone.”
After his outing, Brady Hahn came on to close things out. Hahn allowed only one hit and two baserunners in his two and two-thirds innings pitched. Milledge said Hahn is really working well out of the relief role.
The win was a bounce back for the Huskies, who were 10-run ruled 10-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.
“We were kind of upset about the first game and how our effort was so that was good (to come back and win the second),” Stewart said.
Milledge said he liked to see how the effort turned around from game one to the second game.
Three Huskies had multiple hits in game two including Brody Burton, Zack Lasek and Cole Adamson. Extra-base hits included a double from Burton and Stewart’s home run.
Highland’s scoring was bit-by-bit over the night, adding runs in five of seven innings on the night compared to just two scoring innings for Iowa Mennonite.
Eli Ours did most of the work from the mound in game two, pitching four innings and striking out one. He gave up six earned runs. Noah Miller and Reggie Borntrager each pitched an inning.
Game one was a different animal for as Iowa Mennonite was able to take advantage of Highland’s struggles on the mound. Iowa Mennonite’s Blake Bontrager got the win on the mound with a very solid outing, pitching five innings and striking out six while allowing only one Highland hit.
Bontrager also got some work done at the plate, going 2-3 with two RBIs. Jacob Boller was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI as well. Eli Ours had three stolen bases in the first game.
Highland: 000 000 0 — 0
Iowa Mennonite: 117 010 0 — 10
Iowa Mennonite: 202 000 0 — 4
Highland: 111 410 0 — 8