Baseball runs into tough week
by Mike Slodki
Through 20 games, Knights baseball has seen more of its share of steady performances.
However, this week provided more difficulty than most.
The Knights (14-6, 6-4 Western Sun Conference) went 1-3 in a week that had them lose to Plainfield South, Rochelle and Batavia.
Kanelandâ€™s lone win was vs. the rival Hubs.
Tuesday saw Batavia beat the visiting Knights 3-2. The Bulldogs scored one in the third, sixth and the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Joe Gura was tagged with the loss, and went 2-for-3.
On a Saturday visit to the Plainfield South Cougars, Kaneland fell 8-3.
Ty Hamer (1-1) went six innings in the loss and strick out two batters.
Three singles in the bottom of the first led to an early 1-0 deficit. A sac fly and a double in the fourth inning sent the Knights down 3-0. Plainfield South added one more in the fifth and four in the sixth before the Knights finally crossed the plate three times in the seventh inning. Curtis Lubic had two RBI in the losing effort.
On Friday, the Knights defeated Rochelle in Maple Park by a 5-2 score, thanks to a winning effort from Troy Pritchard (3-1) and a bullpen outing by Joe Gura (fourth save).
An RBI double by Gura in the third inning tied the score at 1-1. Two more runs came home in the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead.
Two more came home to pad the final margin. Hamer had two RBI on the day.
Last Wednesday vs. Rochelle, Jay Levitaâ€™s double gave Kaneland a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Rochelle scored two to knot it up in the bottom of the first inning. Rochelle then scored three runs in the top of the third. Levitaâ€™s RBI single in the top of the sixth brought it to 5-3 before Rochelle scored an insurance run in the sixth.
Jake Tickle scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to close within two runs, but KHS stranded runners at first and second when the game ended.
â€œWe canâ€™t make errors like we did in the field today,â€ KHS coach Brian Aversa said. â€œRochelle took advantage. They hit a couple balls at us and that should have been it, but the inning would keep going. (Steve) Colombe took the loss (3-1), but I think heâ€™ll be alright.â€
The Knights travel to Batavia on Thursday, April 30.