Kaneland High School baseball held off a charging Yorkville Foxes squad on Tuesday in Maple Park, but emerged with a 9-6 win.
With the victory, Kaneland baseball improved to 15-7 with a 7-5 mark in Western Sun Conference play.
The win also offsets the 6-0 loss last Wednesday, April 29 suffered at the hands of Batavia, whoâ€™s pitcher Alex Karger, threw a 1-hitter.
Knights hurler Steve Colombe improved to 4-1 on the season, while Ty Hamer earned his first save on the year.
Jake Fiedler went 2-for-4 with two runs driven in, and Jeff Smith went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
In five innings pitched, Colombe allowed six runs, but just one was earned.
Mike Pritchardâ€™s two-run single in the first inning gave Kaneland a 2-0 lead. Smith came home on an error in centerfield in the second for a 3-0 lead, and KHS plated two more runs in the third for a 5-0 lead. Up 7-0 in the fifth inning, Yorkville sent nine men to the plate and scored six runs on just two hits to close within 7-6, but the Knights scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the inning to pad the lead.
Upcoming for Kaneland: a home matchup with Yorkville on Thursday, May 7 and a Saturday battle with visiting Oswego East.
Photo: Kaneland pitcher Steve Colombe fires a strike in the first inning of the Knightsâ€™ 9-6 varsity home win against Yorkville on Tuesday. The righty improved to 4-1. Photo by John DiDonna