SYCAMOREâ€”Maybe the scales were tipping to Sycamore all long.
After slaughtering the Lady Spartans in their first meeting, Kaneland Lady Knights softball dealt with 16 innings of action in a tight 2-1 win three weeks ago. It all led up to the Class 2A Sycamore Regional final on Saturday morning, where the third-seeded hosts beat the top-seeded KHS roster 6-3 to claim the regional.
Kaneland finishes the first year of the Brian Willis era at 20-11.
â€œIt was kind of the same game, but they had a few more extra walks. You have to put runs on the board. The difference with the last game is that we were able to get out of that jam,â€ Willis said.
Sycamore, coached by Jill Carpenter, improved to 20-15, was set to face St. Viator on Wednesday in the DeKalb Sectional.
Ending her sophomore season, Delani Vest was tagged with the loss (13-7) and gave up six runs (four earned) on 10 hits while fanning three.
At the plate, third baseman Andrea Dimmig-Potts went 2-for-3, while second baseman Brittany Davis went 2-for-3.
The scoring gates opened in the top of the second, when Anna Buzzard of Sycamore knocked home two runs with a single to increase Sycamoreâ€™s lead to 3-0.
Sycamore put up two in the fourth for a 5-0 lead and added one more with an RBI single to go up 6-0 headed to the bottom of the fifth.
Katy Dudzinski led the fifth off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Jordan Hester. Kristen Stralka singled Dudzinski home for the first run. After a fielders choice, Vest doubled and made it third on an error in the outfield and Sam Hansen scored.
The final run of the season scored when Davis came home after a three-base error on a fielders choice hit by Dudzinski.
Stralka, Sarah Kitz and Vest were retired in order to end the affair.
Davis, Stralka and Hester now say goodbye due to graduation.
â€œThey meant a lot to our team. Leadership-wise, offense, defense, theyâ€™ll be missed, â€œWillis said.