Boylan Catholic ends Knight baseball’s summer season
KANELAND—After the events of Monday in Maple Park, it seems like the lineup from Boylan Catholic of Rockford was a little better than the No. 13 seed.
Boylan traveled to No. 4 KHS on Monday to compete at the Phil Lawler Classic, which traditionally marks the end of IHSBCA summer competition, and solved the hosts in a 7-3 outing.
The Knights finished the summer with an 18-14-2 record, an acceptable turnaround from a 2013 regular season that ended under .500.
The two schools were part of the St. Charles East Regional, with Boylan scheduled to play Batavia on Tuesday.
Boylan took advantage of select fielding miscues throughout the game. Both teams had to wait 62 minutes to start after a downpour hit the area five minutes before the first pitch.
“They kept just scratching a run across and fighting, fighting, fighting,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “We didn’t make the plays we needed to and didn’t get the hits we needed to.”
Boylan managed a run in the first and a run in the second off of starter Nate Hopkins for a 2-0 lead. The visitors plated two more in the fourth and two more in the fifth to go up 6-0 before Kaneland finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth.
Despite Hopkins being on the short end of the loss, Aversa and company value his skills and need him for the future.
“Nate is definitely one of those kids we’ll lean on, and I think our pitching will be one of our strengths,” Aversa said.
After Danny Hammermeister walked with one out, Curtis Thorson drove him in with a single two batters later.
The bottom of the sixth saw KHS convert on the longball thanks to catcher Joe Laudont’s homer to left that closed the deficit to 6-2.
Boylan managed another run in the top of the seventh for a five-run lead. Down five runs with three outs remaining, Connor Fedderly scored on a fielder’s choice play gone awry off the bat of Laudont to get within 7-3. After a walk loaded the bases, however, the visitors coaxed a strikeout and groundout to the pitcher to end the threat and the game.