Knights down DeKalb in only completed game of week
Kaneland—The weather has proved to be the toughest opponent for the Kaneland varsity baseball team.
Following a flurry of cancellations and postponents, the Knights were finally able to take the field Tuesday for an impromptu double-header at DeKalb.
That adjusted schedule was thanks to Monday’s called game following a 30-minute wait in the hopes that Mother Nature would allow the teams to get some field time.
After Kaneland and DeKalb coaches agreed to call Monday’s game and turn Tuesday’s into a twin-bill, KHS head coach Brian Aversa commented on the impact the weather has had on his team.
“As a coach it’s frustrating,” he said. “This is (starting pitcher) Blake Sowell’s fourth or fifth game cancelled when it’s his turn in the rotation, and as a player it’s got to be really mentally tough to stay ready to go.”
Sowell warmed up in the hopes Monday’s game would go as scheduled, but had to redo his warm-up routine the following day.
“It’s one of those things where it’s difficult coming into a game and finding out its been cancelled, especially after I’ve warmed up,” Sowell said on Monday. “But its like going to school or going to work, you just have to go and do it.”
He went out and did it again, getting the start for Monday’s make-up game, moved to Tuesday and this time in DeKalb, as the first game in an intended double-header.
He pitched a complete-game gem, surrendering just one run (unearned) on three hits and three walks. He struck out seven, leading the Knights to a 3-1 victory.
Lead-off hitter Dan Miller led the Knights from the plate, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. John Hopkins and Kyle Pollastrini each went 1-for-3 with a run scored, and Josh Cohrs went 1-for-4 with an RBI to contribute to the winning effort.
The game went scoreless until the Knights knocked first in the top of the third. Hopkins started the offensive output in the third with a hard ground ball single past second. He stole second and then scored on a Josh Cohrs double to center.
Carlson helped add to the lead in the top of the fourth, drawing a lead-off walk and taking second on a Pollastrini single. He took third on a DeKalb error, and then scored on a passed ball, with Pollastrini taking third. Miller’s single to left brought Pollastrini home, and Kaneland found itself with a 3-0 lead.
Sowell and the Kaneland defense stifled DeKalb until the bottom of the sixth, when things became tight. Sowell surrendered a lead-off single in the sixth, but bounced back with two strikeouts in a row. DeKalb then scored on an error, and with a walk to the next batter, DeKalb had two runners on with two outs and the leading run at the plate.
Kaneland shut the potential rally down as Zack Martinelli snagged a fly ball to right field to close out the inning and the game’s scoring.
The second half of the twin bill made it through the end of the fourth inning before being delayed, potentially to be resumed Thursday.
Kaneland’s record currently stands at 5-6.