Highland downs IMS
Colin Sexton delivered on the mound for Highland baseball on Tuesday night.
Sexton struck out eight batters over five innings as he picked up the road win for the Huskies over Iowa Mennonite 8-2.
“It all starts with pitching,” Highland head coach Mike Mills said. “We had a good performance from Colin Sexton again and then we had errorless defense backing him up. I don’t think we had an error behind him all night. When you score two or three runs, that’s usually enough to win a well-pitched ballgame.”
Sexton gave up two runs on the night, and stranded five IMS base runners during his outing, which was finished by Chase Rath.
“Colin’s pitch count was getting up there a little bit, and he was starting to wear down a little bit (at the end of the game),” Mills said. “He dug himself out of some pretty tough situations. He got runners out with one on or two on, and it took a toll later in the game.”
The Huskies spread the scoring throughout the game, as Adam Schwarz came around to score the first run of the game in the top of the first inning.
Highland scored one in the third, three in the fifth and another run in the sixth to take a 6-0 lead in the late innings.
Iowa Mennonitie responded in the bottom of the sixth, as Brent Brenneman and Jacob Bruns came around to score for IMS, cutting into the Huskies’ lead.
Highland responded with two runs in the seventh, and closed down to get the win.
The Huskies have a doubleheader with Columbus on Wednesday night, while IMS takes on Winfield-Mt. Union on Wednesday afternoon.