‘Round the bases
Softball squad goes 4-1 in packed week
KANELAND—The Lady Knights softball team made its way around the Northern Illinois Big XII this past week and handled itself well.
On April 24, a trip to Morris yielded a 9-6 win, followed by a win in DeKalb on Thursday by 4-3 fashion. Saturday saw a crossover doubleheader against Geneseo split with an 8-3 win and a 13-10 extra-inning defeat.
The Lady Knights came back on Tuesday against Rochelle and steamrolled the visitors in a 9-0 rout.
The Lady Knights sit at 13-3 and 5-1 in NIB-12 play.
Against Morris, the Lady Knights stormed out to an 8-0 lead, with two runs in the second, four in the third and two in the fourth, until the Lady Redskins came back with a close rally.
Sarah Grams smacked a two-run homer, while freshman callup Courtney Davis earned the win.
Against the host Lady Barbs, the Lady Knights staked an initial lead, 4-0, before DeKalb creeped back into the game with three runs in the sixth for the slimmer final margin. Ellissa Eckert earned the win.
Sophomore Paige Kuefler went 3-for-4 with three RBI, while teammate Aly O’Herron went 2-for-3 with a double.
Eckert took the win in the first game, while Geneseo used five runs in the ninth, which was enough to withstand a two-run rally in the bottom of the inning.
Facing the Lady Hubs, an O’Herron single paved the way for a Kuefler homer to give the hosts a 2-0 lead.
“I think it was an outside pitch,” Kuefler said. “So I drove it. Our lineup is pretty solid right now.”
A four-run fourth inning saw an RBI groundout from Allie Miller after a Grams triple. Eckert helped her cause with an RBI single after Meg Cohrs advanced to third on an error in right field. Lexi Roach singled and O’Herron smacked a two-run double to put the game out of reach.
Eckert helped the fielders by inducing a number of groundouts, some to herself.
“The defense was solid and the pitching was solid, and it was an all-around good game,” KHS coach Brian Willis said. “Ellissa has pitched fine. She still needs to work on some stuff in terms of consistency and location if we’re going to go very far. But she’s making progress and working hard.”
Kaneland softball continues its run on Thursday, May 2, in Yorkville for a NIB-12 tussle.