Baseball holds own in NIB-12 conference play
Photo: Second baseman Joe Pollastrini tries to turn a double play in the fourth inning, but the ball was just a little late getting to first baseman Jordan Jones during Kaneland’s home game against Yorkville on Monday. Photo by John DiDonna
KANELAND—Much like last year, the Knight nine are taking care of business as the calendar turns pages on the season.
Wins over Yorkville, Wheaton Academy and DeKalb have the first-place KHS baseball crew feeling quite good.
Kaneland’s (14-7, 7-1 Northern Illinois Big XII) steady pitching went well with just enough hitting on Thursday in DeKalb.
The 2-1 victory was earned with a single run in the second and fifth innings, and Matt Limbrunner (1-0) took the win in a starting assignment. The tall right-hander went 6.2 innings and allowed no earned runs on four hits.
Ray Barry swiped three bases and scored both runs, while Jordan Jones produced an RBI.
In a 6-0 Saturday shutout of Wheaton Academy, the Knights got help on the mound from Jones, who went five innings and allowed four hits. Barry went 2-for-4 and swiped three more bases, along with his double and two RBI, while Tyler Heinle went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run.
On Monday, the Knights engineered an 8-6 win against the Yorkville Foxes. Down 3-1 in the third, KHS scored two in the third and four in the fourth for a lead before YHS tied matters with runs in the fifth and sixth. Kaneland’s two-run sixth gave the the hosts the edge.
Bryan VanBogaert improved to 2-1 with a win in relief, while Jordan Jones earned the save in a perfect seventh inning.
Tom Fox was 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple and three RBI, while Joe Pollastrini was 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk.
In Kendall County, the Knights erased a 2-1 deficit with two runs in the top of the seventh to subdue the Foxes.
Trevor Storck improved to 4-0 on the year with a six hitter, in which he allowed just two earned runs.
Tyler Heinle went 1-for-3 with a run scored, as did brother Trever Heinle.
The Knights are at Yorkville on Thursday, April 26.