by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Kaneland softball got more than it bargained for this past week.
As in more innings than scheduled, quite a bit more.
On Friday, a rain makeup against rival Sycamore resulted in a 2-1 thriller that took an astounding 16 innings to resolve. KHS followed that up with an 11-inning encounter at Yorkville, but that resulted in a 2-1 loss.
With three regular season contests remaining, the Lady Knights are 15-10 with a 7-5 Western Sun Conference mark.
In the epic battle against the Lady Spartans, first baseman Andrea Dimmig-Potts, who went 5-for-8, not only drove home LF Sam Hansen with the winning run with the bases loaded, but also rushed home to tie the score in the bottom of the 15th on a wild pitch.
Dimmig-Potts was glad she could come through, when KHS was down to its final strike.
â€œA win like this shows us we can do anything,â€ Dimmig-Potts said. â€œWe just had to push through it. I saw an opportunity to score and I took it.â€
CF Jordan Hester went 5-for-7 with two doubles.
The Lady Knights had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 12th and 14th innings on base hits, but Hester was gunned down by good Sycamore throws at the plate.
Pitcher Delani Vest worked the entire game and struck out eight, allowing just one run on seven hits.
In order to keep the Lady Knights in the game, coach Brian Willis noted a big improvement in one aspect of the game.
â€œWeâ€™re playing well defensively,â€ Willis said. â€œWeâ€™ve worked hard in practice, and itâ€™s paying dividends in the game.â€
Against the Lady Foxes, Kaneland scored on in the first, but Yorkville tied matters in the sixth and won in the eleventh.
The Lady Knightsâ€™ next challenge takes place on Thursday, May 20, vs. Batavia.