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Baseball finish last regular week with flourish, now 19-10

KANELAND—Four wins compared to no losses for Knights baseball? Consider that a decent week for the black-clad boys.

With wins in Wheaton, Geneva, and a couple at home, Kaneland is charging into postseason action with a 19-10 mark (10-5 Northern Illinois Big XII Conference)

Kaneland traveled to Wheaton to face St. Francis High School and came away with a 5-2 win thanks in large part to four runs in the sixth to break a 1-all tie.

North Central College-bound Drew French’s performance on the mound was consistent enough for a win. French went 5.1 innings and struck out six.

Cory Landers went 2-for-4 with a double, while French also helped his cause at the plate with a 2-for-3 day including a triple and two RBI.

Kaneland then traveled to Class A jewel Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva to hold a joint senior night with Batavia on Thursday, and staked out a 3-1 victory.

Bobby Thorson (5-3) went the distance and allowed just one unearned run on three hits, striking out five Bulldogs.

Kyle Davidson went 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI, coming through in the sixth inning.

The game was also home to a benefit for David Helm, who is battling leukemia. David is the younger brother of freshman athletic standout Daniel Helm.

Returning to Maple Park, the Knights tussled with visiting West Aurora and put up seven runs in the first two frames enroute to an 8-3 win on Saturday morning.

Drew Peters earned the win, while Jordan Jones pitched two scoreless innings for the save. Sam Komel torched Blackhawk pitching with five RBI.

Trevor Storck’s five inning effort for six K’s was key in the 9-2 win over the Sandwich Indians on Monday afternoon. Jacob Razo went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

With an eye on IHSA Class 3A playoff action, the No. 2 Knights were scheduled to travel to the Sycamore Regional on Thursday, May 26, and face No. 3 Illinois Math & Science Academy at 4 p.m.

The winner of that contest was set to face either No. 1 Sycamore or No. 4 Aurora Central Catholic in the regional final on Saturday, May 28, at 11 a.m.

Kaneland baseball lineup clinches share of NIB-12

KANELAND—Rosters change from year to year, so do conference alignments, but success doesn’t have to.

After a 7-1 win over Morris on Thursday, Kaneland cinched a tie for the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference East Division title with the Redskins.

Additionally, after an 8-3 win on Tuesday over visiting Wheaton Academy, the Knights found themselves at 15-10 overall with a 10-5 mark in NIB-12 play.

Sycamore had a chance to make it a three-way tie for the conference, but lost on Thursday.

This marks the second straight conference crown for the Knights, who last year captured the Western Sun Conference outright.

Kaneland’s Kyle Davidson produced a win after a complete-game effort of three hits allowed and seven strikeouts.

Bobby Thorson showed his penchant for the long-ball with a three-run homer in the fifth inning, while Cory Landers also hit a homer with two runs scored.

Sophomore action had Kaneland beat Morris by an 11-7 final. Zach Martinelli went 4-for-4 and Matt Limbrunner got the win. KHS sophomore baseball saw its record improve to 20-4 (13-2 NIB-12) en route to a conference title.

Against the Warriors, the Knights were behind 3-2 in the sixth before a prolific six-run rally in the bottom of the inning.

Davidson, bound for Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., this fall, had yet another iron-man type outing with seven innings thrown and four K’s, while giving up just two earned runs on seven hits.

Thorson went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and a homer, while Drew French went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double.

Senior Night For a Cause
Thursday, May 19, at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva,
Kaneland and Batavia High School baseball teams hold their Senior Nights. The sophomore game starts at 4:30 p.m., with varsity at 6:45 p.m.

The two schools will celebrate their seniors, along with raising funds for David Helm, 4-year-old brother of KHS two-sport standout Daniel Helm. David has been diagnosed with leukemia and is undergoing treatment.

David plans to throw the ceremonial first pitch to brother Daniel before the start of the varsity game.

For how you can help and to monitor David’s progress, check:
www.caringbridge.org/visit/davidhelm

Feeling Big Blue
Kaneland senior Kyle Davidson plans to attend Millikin University in Decatur, Ill., for the next step in his baseball life.

Millikin, part of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin, was also the college home of KHS head coach Brian Aversa.

“Kyle can expect to work his butt off for a starting position. I’m sure there are guys on the team in front of him, but the good thing about college is if you perform you will play, no matter what year you are in school,” Aversa said.

Davidson, who has pitched and played shortstop this season, was also a standout football player and wrestler for Kaneland. The senior is 5-0 on the mound in 2011.

“Kyle’s mound presence and glove on defense are both solid and his bat has been great this year as well. Taking his skills to Millikin will do wonders for them, and I’m sure that he will excel himself,” Aversa said.

Thorson brings lumber, Knights bring the hurt to DeKalb, YHS

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If only Bobby Thorson wasn’t able to throw a complete game and hit a grand slam on April 20, the Knights-Barbs clash on the diamond would have been much closer.

But the Knights were OK with not playing “what if,” instead it was “look what we can do” in a 10-2 handling of the visiting Class 3A runners-up DeKalb.

After a three-game solving of the Barbs, followed by a Tuesday win at Yorkville, the Knights were 11-4 with a 7-0 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

Thorson’s day on the mound was key to the winning formula in Maple Park, as he improved to 4-1 with eight strikeouts and no walks, while scattering six hits.

Thorson’s second inning grand slam as part of an eight-run inning highlighted a 3-for-3, six-RBI day. Thorson also had two doubles to his credit.

Kyle Davidson also went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI. Cory Landers went 2-for-4.

Thorson clearly wasn’t done with his offensive good times, exhibited in Thursday’s 8-6 comeback win in Barb-land.

The Knights plated one run in the top of the second inning, thanks to a Quinn Buschbacher sacrifice fly. DeKalb came back with five runs off of North Central College-bound pitcher Drew French, and things held firm until the Barbs scored in the bottom of the six for a 6-1 lead.

The Knights showed a “never say die” attitude and put it into practice in the seventh.

Brian Dixon hit an RBI single to close within 6-4 after Sam Komel, French and Buschbacher had all scored.

Davidson single and Landers hit into a fielder’s choice. Joe Camiliere walked to load the bases and set the stage for Thorson’s left-centerfield bomb.

“I don’t even remember it,” Thorson said. “I hit the ball and all the emotion in the game just went through me. I think the end of the game shows what kind of team we really are.”

“We knew their pitcher was getting up in the pitch count. We were just waiting and waiting and waiting trying to make things happen,” coach Brian Aversa said.

Brian Van Bogaert picked up the win (1-0) with .2 innings of relief. Cody Varga of DeKalb pitched a complete game in the loss, at one point retiring 12 batters in a row.

Davidson shut the Barbs down in the seventh for his third save.

Saturday’s win over the Barbs featured three runs in the first, two in the second and six in the third to cap the five-inning win.

Komel improved to 3-1 and allowed only an unearned run. Landers went 2-for-3 with a double and two driven in, while Thorson’s three RBI gave him a prolific 13 for the series.

In the Tuesday win that took place in Kendall County, Thorson didn’t allow a hit after the first inning to the Foxes and fanned 11 hitters. He also led off the seventh inning and broke a 0-0 deadlock with a solo homer. Buschbacher also had an RBI double in the effort.

The Knights try to keep it at Elfstrom Stadium vs. Yorkville on Thursday, April 28.

Knights see strong mound performances, now 6-4

Photo: Kaneland pitcher Bobby Thorson throws a strike in the first inning of their recent home game against Harlem. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Knights baseball is on a bit of a roll.

Thursday, Kaneland (6-4, 2-0 NIB-12) used two runs in the top of the second and two more in the top of the fifth to nail down a 4-1 win at Rockton, Ill., mainstay Hononegah High School.

Oddly present in the winning development, the four KHS runs were scored on just two hits, on Kyle Davidson’s double and triple.

Drew French earned his first win of the year, chewing up 5.1 innings and allowing just one run on six hits. Teammate Sam Komel amassed the final four outs for his first save of the 2011 campaign.

On Saturday against the visiting Dixon Dukes, Komel came back and pitched a complete-game five hitter for the 8-2 win. Komel fanned five NIB-12 crossover rivals in the win.

Davidson went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Komel went 2-for-3 with a double and two driven in.

Facing East Division foe Rochelle on Monday in Ogle County, the good times on the mound continued with a complete-game one-hitter from Bobby Thorson, who also K’d nine Hubs.

Cory Landers went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and Thorson also hit a three-run shot in the top of the first inning.

For KHS, the runs came threefold in the first, followed by a run in the third, two in the ffith and one in the sixth.

On Tuesday, KHS stopped RHS in six innings, 11-1. French picked up win No. 2 and Komel drove in four runs.

Ahead for the Knights is a return trip to Rochelle on Thursday, April 14, at 4:30 p.m. and a home outing against DeKalb on Monday, April 18.

Knight sluggers split week with Yorkville, beat OEHS

KANELAND—It looks like the Kaneland baseball roster has no problem scoring runs.
Now, all that’s left is making sure that always translates to wins.

Using a penchant for extra-base hits, the Knights went to Oswego East on Saturday and defeated the Wolves 11-6. That was on the heels of an 11-5 win at Yorkville on Thursday.

The week began with a 14-12 loss to those same Foxes at KHS on May 5.

The Knights now stand at 18-10, with a 10-5 record in the final season of Western Sun Conference play.

The Knights used the strength of an eight-spot in the top of the second inning on Saturday, and the steady arm of Sam Komel (3-2). Komel went six innings and allowed five earned runs on six hits, while striking out four.

Jake Tickle went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI, while Bobby Thorson went 3-for-4 with four runs scored, a HR and 3 RBI.

Kaneland was faced with a 2-0 deficit on Thursday but scored one in the third, three in the fourth and five in the fifth to fuel the victory over Yorkville. Steve Colombe improved to 4-3 while giving up five runs in the complete game.

Cory Landers of Kaneland went 4-for-4 with a double, HR and 3 RBI. Teammate Tyler Callaghan went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBI.

In the loss against Yorkville, the Knights found themselves down 9-1 in the bottom of the third before scoring four to make it 9-5. After Yorkvile made it 11-5, Kaneland came back to make it 11-10 after four but could get no closer.

Tickle went 2-for-3 with a HR, and Thorson doubled and homered with four RBI.

On the horizon for the Knights is a matchup with Sycamore at Kishwaukee Junior College in Malta on Thursday, May 13, and a battle in Maple Park against those same Spartans on Friday, May 14.