by Mike Slodki
Kaneland softball is on a tear and it couldnâ€™t come at a more opportune time.
The Lady Knights now sit at 23-7, with an 9-3 record in the Western Sun Conference.
This past week saw KHS sweep non-conference Minooka on Saturday in Maple Park by slim 2-1 and 1-0 margins.
Those close victories were balanced by a power-fueled 11-1, six-inning rout of host Sycamore on Thursday.
On Tuesday, the Lady Knights got past Rochelle by a 2-1 (eight innings) margin.
In game one against the Indians, Delaney Vest earned the win and scattered just two hits. The freshman also had a double at the plate and struck out seven on the mound.
Andrea Potts went 2-for-3 with a double, and the Lady Knights broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the seventh with a Jessica Lubic double that scored Chassidy Mangers.
In game two, Mallory Huml shut down Minooka with a two-hit shutout that was accented by three strikeouts.
Potts went 3-for-3 with a double, and Brittany Davisâ€™ double in the bottom of the sixth scored Mangers with the deciding run.
Vest (17-4) had a five-strikeout effort against the Spartans but showed prowess at the plate with a two-run homer hit in the second inning, which gave the Lady Knights a 3-0 edge. The Lady Knights struck gold in the first when Davis drew a bases-loaded walk.
Mangers came home on a fielding error to make it 4-0 before a Sycamore homer in the bottom of the fourth made it 4-1.
Jordan Herraâ€™s two-run shot in the fifth made it 6-1.
In the sixth inning, Lady Knight Lubic hit a homer before Potts singled and Herra slammed her second round-tripper of the afternoon.
â€œIt felt great,â€ Herra said. â€œThe first one I knew I had it, but the second one I was thinking I needed to get down the line as fast as I can. (The win) was a big boost of confidence, and weâ€™re ready for regionals.â€
Sycamoreâ€™s failure to score in the bottom of the sixth shut the contest down after six innings.
â€œWeâ€™ve been starting to hit better, and we have other people in the lineup starting to get on base,â€ interim coach Ken Neahring said.
The sophomore Lady Knights dropped a 5-1 meeting with Sycamore and the freshmen took care of the Spartans 14-6 in five innings.
Against the Lady Hubs, Rochelle got on the board in the top of the first, but Kaneland put one up in the bottom of the fourth and sent everyone home in the bottom of the eighth on a Rilee Vest base hit.
Rilee Vest went 4-for-4 with two RBI, while Potts went 3-for-4 with a double.
Kaneland attempts to handle host Batavia on Thursday, May 21, and has a makeup game in Glen Ellyn against Glenbard South on Friday, May 22.