by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Knights baseball (13-10, 9-5 Northern Illinois Big XII) saw itself making the most of its hits, in both wins and losses this week.
On Thursday, Kaneland scored six runs on five hits en route to a 6-4 win over the visiting Sycamore Spartans, while getting one run on one hit in a close 2-1 loss to the visiting Oswego East Wolves on Saturday.
Kaneland fell behind 4-2 in the sixth before putting up a four-spot in the bottom of the frame to come away with the win.
Kyle Davidson earned the win after his six-inning effort on the mound. Bobby Thorson colleged his first save with a perfect seventh inning.
Davidson also went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Brian Dixon and Trever Heinle also supplied two RBI each.
Kaneland scored one run in the fourth inning and allowed two runs to OEHS in the top of the sixth. Just four hits combined were tallied in the game, including Joe Camiliere’s single.
The Knights’ two-game skid at the hands of Morris on Monday and Tuesday effectively sent KHS out of the running for conference crown, with Morris now clinching a tie.
In Maple Park on Monday, Morris added to a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh with three more runs to cinch a 6-3 win, despite Kaneland pounding out 12 hits.
Corey Landers went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Camiliere went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Drew Peters suffered the loss.
On Tuesday in Grundy County, things got off to a better start. Davidson’s RBI single was followed by a two-run double by Drew French for a 3-0 lead, before Ryan Bernickus came back with a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning.
Bobby Thorson, who gave up the homer, allowed just two earned runs and the effort was not lost on KHS coach Brian Aversa.
“Bobby, he’s our top dog,” Aversa said. “Gives up two earned runs the whole game and we gave up two big errors today. We have to put better defense behind him.”
Morris rallied with one run in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth for a 7-3 lead. The Knights came back in the sixth with a French RBI double to close within 7-4, but could get no closer.
“Defense and pitching are what will win you ball games. We keep the unearned runs off the board, we’re going to do a great job. We’ll put up some runs ourselves,” Aversa said.
Varsity baseball continues its swing through May by completing its series against Morris, in Maple Park in Thursday May 12, and heads to LaSalle-Peru for a Saturday twinbill on May 14.