BY MIKE URSERY
The Higbee baseball Tigers (2-7) hosted the Glasgow Yellowjackets (1-3) on May 1. Higbee designated the game as Senior Night. The Tigers won the game 12-5.
Higbee used a pair of three-run innings to pull away from the Yellowjackets. With a 6-4 lead, the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Higbee senior pitcher Noah Kirby made the start on the mound against Glasgow. He pitched five-and-two-thirds innings, allowing five runs.
“He kept the ball low,” Higbee head baseball coach Ronnie Barron said. “When you keep the ball low, you get grounders or you get pop-ups.”
Kirby is one of 18 pitchers in the history of the Higbee baseball program to record 100-plus strikeouts. The accomplishment will be formally announced at Higbee’s spring sports banquet, happening later this month.
“You’d think that it would be easy, but we went back all the way to when they started keeping a (statistics) book,” Barron said. “That’s what he does. He’s offspeed, knuckleball, keeps it low. That’s what he has to do.”
Glasgow struck first, in the top of the first inning, Senior Shay Himmelman hit into an RBI-groundout, and junior Jason Haskamp scored on an error. Glasgow led 2-0 after a half-inning.
Higbee responded with two runs in the bottom-half of the first. James Gibson hit an RBI-triple to cut Glasgow’s lead in half. Toby Orton added an RBI-single to tie the game.
The same two players had run-scoring hits in the bottom of the third to give Higbee a 4-3 lead.
Glasgow tied the game 4-4 in the top of the fourth, when sophomore Brandon Prentzler scored on an error. The Tigers were able to go in front again in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jason Hudson drove in two runs with an RBI-single to make it a 6-4 contest.
Haskamp scored on a wild pitch for Glasgow in the top of the fifth to make the score 6-5. That was all the Yellowjackets were able to do offensively for the rest of the game.
“I thought the pitching was pretty much similar,” Glasgow head coach Mick Cropp said. “There’s three things we talk about: pitching, defense and timely hitting. I though pitching was fairly similar. I thought our timely hitting was not good. I thought our defense was way worse than theirs. We put the ball in play, they made plays. They put the ball in play, we didn’t make play. That’s really what it boiled down to.”
Higbee hosted Calvary Lutheran on May 7, winning 4-3.
Glasgow hosted Salisbury in their final home game on May 8. Results were not available at press time.
BY MIKE URSERY