by Mike Slodki
After falling behind 11-0 last Wednesday and narrowly missing a comeback win vs. Geneva, Kaneland just decided to do away with the dramatics through their next three contests.
Thursday saw Kaneland comeback at Geneva after its 12-9 loss with a 7-5 win over the rival Vikings.
Saturday saw the Knights sweep a double-header with opponent to the north Marengo, 9-0 and 10-3.
When the dust settled on the active week, Kaneland was 8-3 with a 1-2 record in Western Sun Conference play.
Falling behind 11-0 in the third inning, the Knights scored single runs in the third and fourth before coming alive with a five-run fifth. With runners at second and third, Jay Levita laced a two-run double. A fielder’s choice then brought another runner home, and Aaron Lamp hit an RBI single to close the deficit.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Joe Gura hit a two-run double to close it to 11-9, but Geneva held on and added another run.
“We did a nice job of bringing guys to the plate on the comeback, but we can’t start a ballgame in a hole like that,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “We limited the strikeouts, and we were seeing the ball well when we scored the runs.”
On Thursday, Mike Pritchard hit a two-run blast with Joe Gura getting the win in relief (1-1).
Saturday had Dave Dudzinski go six innings with six strikeouts for the win. Dudzinski is now 1-0. Lamp went the distance in game two while fanning 14.
In lower class play, Sam Komel tossed a five-inning no-hitter for the sophomores, 14-1.