by Mike Slodki
In a deadlocked softball game that was going down to the wire, any late run would do.
Unfortunately for Kaneland, the late runs were had by the visiting Geneva lineup.
A two-base error led to two runs coming home for the Lady Knightsâ€™ WSC rival in a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday.
The runs, which were scored in the top of the sixth inning, were the only runs in a contest that featured just five hits and 10 strikeouts combined.
KHS fell to 14-6 with a 5-3 record in Western Sun Conference play.
Delani Vest was tagged as the losing pitcher and fell to 9-3, despite eight Kâ€™s and just one walk.
The lone hits for the Lady Knights were a fifth-inning double by Chassidy Mangers and a third-inning single by Kristen Stralka.
â€œWe were swinging at bad pitches, and we werenâ€™t patient,â€ KHS coach Dennis Hansen said. â€œThe hitters were getting behind in the count, and no one really hit the ball hard.â€
Genevaâ€™s opportunity came in the top of the sixth when, with two runners on, a two-out ball went over the head of right fielder Jordan Herra, allowing the runners to score.
The Lady Knightsâ€™ last chance ended when Mangers grounded to second with a runner at second base to end the game.
The sophomores lost to Geneva 2-1, and the freshmen trounced the Lady Vikings 16-4 in five innings.
Kaneland goes to DeKalb on Thursday, May 7.
Photo: Kaneland first baseman Kristen Stralka looks to snag a throw from pitcher Delani Vest during Tuesdayâ€™s 2-0 conference loss to Geneva. Photo by John DiDonna