by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Kaneland High School baseball isnâ€™t in the habit of nice and easy wins, but theyâ€™re garnering wins nonetheless against their WSC brethren.
Knight baseball gave its fans some free diamond action on April 28 in Batavia, as it needed 10 innings to take care of the host Bulldogs, 7-4.
Kaneland scored one in the seventh to help send the game to extras before putting up a 3-spot in the 10th.
Jake Tickle pitched the final three for the win, allowing one run on two hits. Tickle also went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Bobby Thorson went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Kaneland swept the Bulldogs with a 7-2 win on Thursday. Steve Colombe had a complete-game outing (3-3) and fanned five in the win.
Joe Camaliere had a 2-for-3 afternoon with a double and RBI.
Jake Tickleâ€™s RBI single led to extending his hit streak to 18 games.
Against the host Foxes on Tuesday, Kaneland put up eight runs in the first two innings, but saw YHS storm back to tie it with five in the third and three in the fifth. KHS then manufactured a run in the seventh for a 9-8 win.
â€œI like the way we came out ready to go,â€ KHS coach Brian Aversa said. â€œBut we canâ€™t sit back and give up eight runs like we did.â€
Tickle improved to 7-0 pitching the final two innings in relief, finding a way to contribute even with his 18-game hit streak coming to an end.
â€œThatâ€™s why Jakeâ€™s so valuable, because heâ€™s so versatile. He can come in after being DH and get the win for us,â€ Aversa said.
â€œWe were just pumped that we got that run in the seventh, and we knew we had to get down to business,â€ Tickle said.
The Knights take on the host Foxes on Thursday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m., and visit Oswego East High School on Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m.