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Highland falls to Olentangy Liberty in state semifinal

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    Highland's Jackson Miller walks off the field after a 13-2 loss to Liberty in a Division I state semifinal game.

    RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE

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COLUMBUS — The dream of becoming the first baseball team in Medina County history to reach a state championship ended rather quickly for Highland.

Playing in a Division I state semifinal for the first time in school history Friday, the Hornets fell 13-2 to Olentangy Liberty.

The Patriots (29-4) scored four runs before recording an out at Huntington Park to put Highland (19-10) on its heels immediately and then put up another four in the fourth to coast to the win.

Ohio State recruit Mitch Milheim (10-0) picked up the win, going 4 1/3 innings of three-hit ball. He gave up two earned runs and struck out four against two walks.

Liberty was paced by Corey Marey (2-for-2, 4 RBIs) and Milheim (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) at the plate.

Bryce Budzinski (5-2) took the loss. The senior went 2 1/3 innings and gave up eight earned runs on eight hits with three walks and a strikeout.

Highland had a solid day from Billy Keller (1-for-2, RBI).

The Patriots will either Mason (26-5) or Whitehouse Anthony Wayne (26-4) on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the title.



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