Highland baseball rolls past WACO
Highland baseball has been quietly picking up steam as the regular season comes to an end.
The Huskies (18-12) had won six straight before dropping an extra inning game against Clear Creek Amana on Tuesday night, but a 15-0 win over WACO on Wednesday night got them back on the right track before their finale against Van Buren.
“This is an ideal setup schedulewise,” Highland head coach Mike Mills said. “We’ve had a fairly tough schedule here in the last week, and played pretty good ball. Clear Creek is a pretty good opponent and I’m glad we get to see a team like Van Buren going into districts.”
Highland will travel to face the Warriors, who are ranked third in the state in 1A baseball, on Thursday night.
“We’ve been playing pretty good ball for the last week and a half,” Mills said. “I think we’ve been building (momentum) through that, and we had a little hitch in the road (on Tuesday) and we could have pulled that out several different times.”
On Wednesday, it was a quick start for the Huskies.
Adam Schwarz got the bats going with a one-out single in the bottom of the first, and the next seven batters reached base. Highland picked up four hits and three walks in the frame, scoring seven runs in the first.
The Huskies didn’t pick up a run in the second, but in the third, exploded again for another seven-run inning. One more run in the fourth made it a 15-run deficit and ended the game on Highland’s senior night, where five seniors were honored for their final home game.
“These guys have been great,” Mills said. “These guys were freshmen when I started and they have great leadership. They’ve come a long ways, and they are going to do very well in the future for themselves. We’ve got nine players who will be seniors next year, and some are getting a lot of playing time this year. We’ll expect a lot out of them.”
Highland will take on Van Buren at 7 p.m. on Friday and will have the weekend off before facing Springville on Tuesday for districts.