KANELANDâ€”On the surface, Kaneland High Schoolâ€™s summer league baseball squad is moving right along at 16-11, with postseason action in the area ready to heat up.
Look deeper, and youâ€™ll see a young team working on its craft and even a great thing or two.
Case in point: a no-hitter thrown by KHS pitcher Bryan Van Bogaert on Tuesday in Maple Park against the Class 3A runner-ups DeKalb.
Van Bogaert threw a six-inning no-hitter against the visiting Barbs, winning 7-0, and would have a perfect game under his belt if not for two hit batsmen.
In game two of the doubleheader, Drew French went four innings in a 5-1 win.
On Monday in Yorkville, Kaneland tamed the Foxes and held off a late-inning rally in an 8-7 win in game one. The Knights were up 6-0 in the second inning of game two before the rains came.
Eric Eichelberger, Jordan Jones and Brian Maras pitched against the Foxes.
So far, itâ€™s been a valuable chance for KHS coach Brian Aversa to see what lies ahead in the spring of 2011.
â€œWeâ€™ve played decent ball,â€ Aversa said. â€œWeâ€™re seeing which guys are on the radar and seeing how our pitching and defense is working out, and itâ€™s going alright so far.â€
On Monday, July 19, at Kaneland, the Knights will host West Aurora in the second round of the IHSBCA St. Charles East Regional. The winner will play either St. Charles East, Marengo or Woodstock North at a later date.
â€œWeâ€™ve got a lot of youth right now, and weâ€™ll see how it unfolds,â€ Aversa said.
Photo: Kaneland pitcher Eric Eichelberger deals toward the plate during an 8-7 win at Yorkville during Summer League play on Monday evening. Photo by Ben Draper