Searching for the sweet spot

KHS baseball sports 3-2 week to even NIB-12 record at 7-7
KANELAND—Seeing Morris, Rochelle and Sycamore during a week of competition can be good or bad, depending on how you handle the field action.

For the most part, KHS acclimated itself well on the local diamonds, trying to scale its way back to .500.

Kaneland (10-13, 7-7) faced off against conference foe Morris on Monday and Tuesday, but lost 4-1 and 7-6, respectively. On Saturday, the Knights battled Rochelle and won 4-2, while Thursday had Kaneland best Sycamore 4-2 before beating Rochelle in 10 innings in Ogle County 10-3.

Tuesday featured a battle at Morris, and Kaneland wasted no time taking the lead with a five-run first inning. Morris chipped away at the lead with a run in the first, two in the second, and then two each in the fourth and fifth to take a one-run lead and, ultimately, the game.

Josh Cohrs led the team in hitting with a 1-for-3 day, including his two-run double in the first.

The previous day, the same teams squared off in Maple Park. Kaneland fell in eight innings, despite the best efforts of hurler Matt Limbrunner, who went 7.2 innings with three strikeouts. He also went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Teammate Ty Bellock went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

KHS put its run on the board in the bottom of the first, before Morris tied it in the third, paving the way for the three-run eighth from the visitors.

In the 4-2 win over the Hubs during the weekend, the visiting Knights saw Blake Sowell even up his pitching record at 2-2, going six innings while fanning six. John Hopkins pitched the final inning for the save.

Kaneland put up two runs in the first, one in the fifth and one in the sixth in the victorious effort, helped along by Tyler Carlson (1-for-2, double) and Limbrunner (1-for-2, RBI).

A three-spot in the fourth inning last Thursday proved to be the winning edge the Knights needed against the visiting Spartans. The runs came after being down 2-0 after the top of the fourth, but the days of Cohrs (2-for-3, RBI), Carlson (2-for-3, RBI) and Joe Komel (1-for-3, double, 2 RBI) proved too much for Sycamore.

On the pitching end, Curtis Thorson went 6.1 innings with seven strikeouts for the win, while Komel acquired his second save of the 2013 campaign by retiring the final two batters.

In the opening game of the week against Rochelle, the Knights initially went up 3-0 , but Rochelle scored a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to tie matters.

Kaneland finally put up a seven-spot in the extra frame of the 10th inning for the win. Limbrunner and Bellock had two RBI each. Anthony Holubecki had six K’s, while Nick Stahl added four in relief for the win. Komel struck a homer for the visitors, as well.

Up ahead for Knights baseball is a home matchup with Morris on Thursday, May 9.