Knights have great road trip, fall at Geneva
By Mike Slodki
on April 9, 2009
Knights baseball played the part of road warriors this week.
For the most part, it was a successful venture.
The Knights sit at 5-2 in the opening part of the season, after having done a road trip through downstate Illinois and Missouri and losing to Geneva on Tuesday 5-3.
Last yearâ€™s planned spring break baseball road trip was washed out due to downpours, making the undefeated 2009 road trip a worthwhile venture.
On Thursday, Kaneland thwarted Springfield High School in five innings, 16-4. Friday saw the Knights defeat their Black Knight opponents 7-1, while the JV troops took home a 14-2 win.
On Saturday, the Knights got past St. Maryâ€™s High School in St. Louis by a final of 8-0, while the JV team won by a 15-5 clip.
In the loss against the host Vikings under windy conditions on Tuesday afternoon, Kaneland was fanned 13 times and Viking Riley Perry earned the win (3-0). Kaneland lefty Jeff Smith took the loss to fall to 1-1.
Joe Camaliere scored on a wild pitch in the first inning to go up 1-0. Geneva later took a 2-1 lead. However in the fifth inning, Joe Gura drew a bases loaded walk to tie the score, and catcher Mike Pritchard beat out an infield hit to have Kaneland take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Geneva slugger Cory Hofstetter slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning for the 5-3 lead which stuck.
Kaneland baseball was set to host Geneva on Wednesday at press time and travel to Geneva on Thursday, April 9.
Photo: Joe Camaliere successfully slides into home for the first run of the game during the Knightsâ€™ 5-3 loss at Geneva on Tuesday. Camaliere scored on a wild pitch. Photo by Ben Draper