SPARTA — The errorless defense that Danville played in its opening game on Saturday was replaced by seven miscues on Monday, and Highland fully capitalized for a 10-0, six-inning home Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference win.
The errors put added pressure on a Blue Devil offense that had just two hits against Scots’ pitching. Mack Anglin (1-0) pitched the first three innings to earn the win, striking out three. Dana Hicks pitched a perfect fourth, but was replaced by Sam LoPiccolo after running into trouble in the fifth. LoPiccolo went the rest of the way, fanning four of the five batters he faced.
Offensively, Highland (1-0, 1-0) jumped on Danville (1-1, 0-1) starter Skyler Durbin (0-1) early and often, plating two runs in the first inning, three in the second and two more in the third. After a scoreless fourth, Dylan James tossed a scoreless fifth inning, but the Scots finished off the game by scoring three runs in the sixth off of Zane Risser.
Matty Reid had two hits to lead Highland, and Liam Garrett smacked his first varsity hit, a RBI double. Reid, Tate Tobin and Jarin Vasquez each scored a pair of runs.
“I was very happy with the baserunners tonight,” Scots’ coach Gary Hampton said. “Our runners did a great job with leadoffs and really put pressure on the defense. The boys were really confident, and did the little things right.”