by Mike Slodki
On a windswept sunny Saturday, Kaneland softball kept Oswegoâ€™s head spinning.
A steady sweep, 17-0 in a six-inning game one, and 3-1 in game two. An additional 5-4 victory in eight innings over Glenbard South on Tuesday elevated Kanelandâ€™s mark to 4-1 (1-0 Western Sun Conference).
In the first game, freshman hurler Delani Vest improved to 2-0 while striking out four batters.
Vest also went 3-for-4 while Brittany Davis went 2-for-3.
The Lady Knights scored one run in the first inning and one in the third inning. A five-run fourth inning made it 7-0. Up 8-0, Kaneland poured on the offense and put up nine runs to send the game into retirement early.
In game two, Kaneland put up a three-spot in the third inning and freshmen Katy Dudzinski gave up only one run in her first varsity start en route to a 3-1 win.
Vest went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Tara Groen went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
The two freshmen pitchers did their part in place of pitching staff anchor Mallory Huml, away in Texas as part of a choir competition.
â€œThey both did well,â€ KHS coach Dennis Hansen said. â€œUsually, weâ€™re fighting to find pitchers. We didnâ€™t hit as well in the second game, but we got what we needed.â€
The three-run rally in the top of the second inning began with a leadoff double by Andrea Potts and a single by Vest. Rightfielder Kristen Stralka drove Potts home with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. After a passed ball put runners at second and third, centerfielder Groen knocked a single to bring the other two runs in.
The Lady Knights were supposed to battle Sandwich on Monday, but the game was postponed due to weather.
Against the visiting Raiders, Kaneland found itself down 4-0 until scoring two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the eighth for the win.
Huml earned her first win of the season on the mound and struck out three. Sara Rose went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI. Potts went 1-for-4 with a two run double.
Kaneland was set to visit the Hoffman Estates Hawks on Wednesday before heading to Geneva for a Western Sun Conference clash on Thursday, April 9.
Photo: Delani Vest, seen throwing in the first game of a Saturday softball doubleheader at Oswego High School, delivers a winning effort in the 17-0 rout. Photo by Mary Herra