Photo: Bryan VanBogaert fires toward the dish against Batavia on Friday’s Senior Night at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva. The Knights won 2-1. Photo by Patti Wilk
KANELAND—Whether you are Marmion Academy, St. Francis of Wheaton, DeKalb or IMSA, you can’t be looking forward to what lies ahead next week.
Kaneland baseball rolled through the last week of non-conference competition, ending on Saturday with a 7-2 solving of host West Aurora.
Previously, the Knights also took care of Batavia, 2-1 at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva, and also traveled north to Cary-Grove High School to hand the Trojans an 8-2 shellacking.
Despite a Monday setback to host St. Charles East, The Knights finish 24-10 with the regular season and conference crown already collected.
Kaneland was 20-10 when the 2011 regular season concluded on the way to a State title.
More currently, the Knights are winners of nine of their last 10.
Jordan Jones took the ball for a complete-game win over the Blackhawks.
Jones went seven innings, allowing just two runs on four hits.
Mike Tattoni went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI to go along with three base swipes.
Ray Barry went 2-for-3 with two swipes.
The Knights put up three runs in both the second and third innings for the cushion.
In the win against former Suburban Prairie Conference North Division and Western Sun Conference rival Batavia, Kaneland’s two-run output in the bottom of the second inning was enough to ward off Batavia’s run in the third.
Trevor Storck improved to 7-0 on the mound, while Bryan VanBogaert earned the save with two innings of work.
Kaneland jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first three innings thanks to personnel like Tyler Heinle (3-for-3, three runs, two RBI), Jake Razo (2-for-4, double, two RBI) and Tom Fox (1-for-3, three RBI, double).
In the 5-4 loss to the Saints, Matt Limbrunner saw the loss come his way after giving up five runs on five hits. Barry went 2-for-2 with double and Quinn Buschbacher went 2-for-3 with a double
Kaneland was set to play on Wednesday as the top seed of its own regional on Wednesday against fourth-seed DeKalb, which beat IMSA on Monday evening.
The regional title matchup is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m. with either Kaneland or DeKalb facing the winner of the second-and-third seed matchup of Marmion Academy vs. St. Francis.