Photo: Tyler Carlson contributed a couple RBI, but it wasn’t enough as the Knights fell short in their Summer League comeback bid against Sycamore 7-6 on Monday. File Photo
Sycamore bests Kaneland in summer league action
SYCAMORE—It’s never a nice feeling to lose to a close and storied rival like Sycamore, but you can try to find some encouraging developments within.
A back-and-forth tilt on a sunny and breezy Monday in Sycamore off of Airport Road went Sycamore’s way in a 7-6 comeback win during the end of June.
Kaneland, at 7-6, has two more summer league contests before the tournament and IHSCBA postseason circuit begins in one week.
KHS had Colton Fellows, Nick Stahl and Kevin Kassinger get time on the mound, with Fellows working the first half of the action.
“Colton is one of those guys that’ll be right there in the mix, and we expect big things of him,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “He had a strong sophomore season, and we’re feeling him out and seeing what he can do and what pitches he throws well.”
Fellows failed to get much run support early, and the Knights found themselves down 2-0 after single runs in the first and second innings.
The top of the fourth inning saw KHS load the bases on two errors and a single, and Jacob Bachio’s double play managed to bring home the first run. Jake Bilotta’s single brought home Joe Panico to tie the score at 2-2.
Kaneland took a lead with a two-spot in the top of the fifth, thanks to an RBI single by Ty Carlson and an RBI double by Danny Hammemeister.
Sycamore’s double in the bottom of the fifth tied the score at 4-4, and the team managed three more runs to take a 7-4 lead.
That left three outs for KHS to try and rally some runs, beginning with a single, infield error and walk. Carlson reached on an infield single to drive home a run, followed by a Joe Laudont sac fly. However, a double-play stifled the remaining rally and ended the game.
“I told the guys that they’re going to get opportunities, but they’re opportunities to fail or opportunities to succeed. Some guys grasped the opportunities and some need to buckle down,” Aversa said.
The KHS baseball squad, with a 3.27 GPA for the season, earned an IHSA Team Academic Award. This award recognizes teams that maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout their respective season.