by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Better to suffer through a streak like the one Kaneland softball is having now, than late-season.
Five losses have followed an April 6 tussle at Hoffman Estates that found softball emerging victorious.
KHS still remains above .500, at 7-6, with a 1-2 Northern Illinois Big XII mark.
Sycamore came into Kaneland on Tuesday and used a five-run second inning to lift to a 9-3 win over the Lady Knights.
Monday saw Kaneland score a single run in the seventh inning to no avail in a 4-1 loss. Andrea Potts went 3-for-3 with a double, however.
Saturday saw KHS get swept by NIB-12 crossover opponent, the host Geneseo Maple Leafs, 8-2 and 8-0.
On Thursday, DeKalb bested the host Lady Knights 15-4 in six innings.
Wednesday against the host Hawks, Rilee Vest got things started with a two-run home run in the top of the first.
“”The pitch was a little bit inside,” Vest said. “I just got in front of it and knocked it, I guess.”
HEHS came back with two in the third, but Kaneland erupted thanks to five runs in the fourth and two in the fifth on RBI singles by McKinzie Mangers and pitcher Alexis Villarreal.
Villarreal went six innings in the winning effort, and Taylor Velazquez shut down the Mid-Suburban League squad with runners in scoring position.
“It was all pre-determined by the coaches, we didn’t want Alexis to lose that game. She pitched her butt off,” coach Brian Willis said.
Ahead for KHS is a matchup with host Rochelle on Thursday, April 14.