Despite pair of losses, KHS still moving on basepaths
KANELAND—The won/loss percentage may have sunk a tad, but Kaneland baseball has shown it has the talent on all sides of the diamond to work past troubles.
On May 1, defending conference champ Yorkville invaded Maple Park and won 11-1 in five innings, while Friday had the Aurora Christian Eagles slip past the Knights in a 1-0 affair. Saturday had a trip to Crystal Lake, Ill., to square off against the Prairie Ridge Wolves and a comeback win for KHS, 7-4. On Monday, a home-and-home series beginning at Sycamore had a 1-0 loss to the Spartans, while Tuesday saw the Knights turn the tables and beat Sycamore 3-2.
Kaneland is now 13-8, with a 8-3 mark in the Northern Illinois Big XII swing of things.
KHS also needs to spell the loss of catcher and two-hole hitter Joe Laudont, who suffered a broken thumb.
“I think that with the recent loss of Laudont to a broken thumb, we psychologically had a setback,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “Physically, we have the tools to continue to play at a high level of baseball like we did on Saturday against Prairie Ridge. We are trying to find guys to step up and fill that void in the lineup both offensively and defensively.”
Against Yorkville, Nate Hopkins was tagged with the loss after retiring just five hitters. Yorkville had seven runs in the top of the second. Tyler Carlson went 1-for-2 with an RBI to drive in Nick Stratman.
Stratman went 5.1 innings against AC and fell to 1-2, while giving up just three hits. The Eagles’ run came in the top of the sixth. Jacob Bachio went 1-for-2 with a walk.
Prairie Ridge took a 4-1 lead after four innings until Kaneland scored three in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh for the win.
Jordan Bock earned his first win on the mound by pitching the sixth inning, while Nick Stahl earned his fifth save while surrendering just two hits.
Sean Dunphy of Kaneland went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, while Stratman went 1-for-4 with three RBI.
Curtis Thorson was tagged with the loss on Monday against Sycamore.
Hopkins helped the Knights even their series against Sycamore Tuesday, allowing only two runs over six innings. Carlson had a double and an RBI, while Stratman smacked a two-run home run to put the Knights ahead in a big three-run sixth-inning rally.
Kaneland prepares to face the host Sycamore in the final game of the series tonight at 4:30 p.m.