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By David Sharp
Highland (5-10) took an 8-2 lead after two innings of non-conference varsity softball play at Louisiana and powered to an 18-5 win. The September 13, 2021 contest saw Payton Miller collect two doubles and drive in three hits. Ashley Kaylor had three Lady Cougar runs batted in.
Ashley Kaylor doubled Mikayla Dreyer and Payton Miller home with the first two runs of the day. Kaylor and Olivia Ritterbusch scored for a 4-0 Highland lead after the opening inning.
Highland batted around in the second inning, scoring four more runs. Mariah Murphy reached on a fielder’s choice after Sydney Sedelmeier walked leading off the Cougar second inning.
Emma Harshberger and Payton Miller doubled and scored. Ashley Kaylor reached base on an error and scored for an 8-0 Highland lead. Tatum DePriest and Jordan Pedersen led off the Louisiana second inning with consecutive doubles. Both runners scored making the margin 8-2 in favor of Highland after two complete innings.
Highland expanded their lead to 15-5 after a busy fourth inning. Emma Harshberger drilled a three run double and Haleigh Winter blasted fourth inning triple. Payton Miller knocked in a run with a double.
Jalaya Ries stroked a one out Louisiana triple and Emily Powell singled in a Bulldog run. Three Highland walks contributed to the Lady Bulldog rally.
The Lady Cougars put the game on ice with a three run fifth inning. Breanna Klocke came off the bench with a leadoff double. Four walks helped the Lady Cougars into the winner’s circle.
Highland scored 18 runs on 12 hits. Emma Harshberger was 2-5 with three RBI’s and a run scored. Mikayla Dreyer was 2-3 with two runs scored and another batted in. Ellie Goehl scored three runs.
Olivia Ritterbusch was 2-3 with a run scored. Kylie Smith and Mariah Murphy scored two Highland runs each. Payton Miller pitched one inning with one strikeout. Emma Harshberger pitched four innings with nine strikeouts and four walks. Harshberger allowed five runs, four earned on seven hits.
Louisiana (0-3) scored five times on seven hits E Powell and Jalaya Ries were 2-3 with a Bulldog run scored apiece. Tyona Campbell pitched four innings with two walks on 9 hits. Emily Powell pitched one inning with six walks on three hits. Six runs, four earned were charged to the Louisiana reliever.