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Knights win June 21 Father’s Day Frenzy tournament in Indiana

The Kaneland summer baseball team won the Father’s Day Frenzy tournament, which took place June 19-21 in Noblesville, Ind.
Photo submitted by Carl Paulson to bdraper@elburnherald.com

Summer Varsity Baseball
June 8 @ Larkin—Matt O’Sullivan and Luke Calabrese each had three hits, and Tyler Paulson had two walks as the Knights beat Larking 15-0.

June 8 @ Sycamore—The Knights beat Sycamore 7-4. Josh Norman had three hits and Jack Weigand had two walks. Noah Jones pitched four innings, getting two strikeouts.

June 8 @ Sycamore (Exhibition)—Kaneland lost 5-1. Rich Szewczyk and Colin Turner had two hits for the Knights.

June 9 vs. St. Charles North—Kaneland won 8-2 over the North Stars. Paulson had two RBIs, while O’Sullivan pitched six innings, stiking out five.

June 9 vs. St. Charles North (Exhibition)—The North Stars beat Kaneland 12-2, thanks to a nine-run fourth inning.

June 10 @ West Chicago—Jacob Violett pitched a five-inning shut out to help the Knights win 1-0. Jack Marshall and Paulson had hits for the Knights.

June 10 @ West Chicago (Exhibition)—The Knights won 11-1. Szewczyk and Preston Havis each had two RBI and two hits.

June 11 @ St. Charles East—The Knights scored 19 runs on 18 hits, led by Jake Marczuk’s five hits. Paulson, Marczuk and Violett each had three RBIs. Brandon Murabito pitched three innings to get the win.

June 11 @ St. Charles East (Exhibition)—The Knigths won 4-1.

June 19 @ Northern Indiana Bandits—The Knights fell behind 4-1 after two, but clawed back for a 5-3 win. Laudont had two hits, while Marczuk drove in two. Noah Jones pitched five innings to pick up the win during the opening game of the Father’s Day Frenzy at Logan Field in Noblesville, Ind.

June 20 vs Indy Thrashers—An explosive first inning saw the Knights leading 4-3 early, and they tacked on two more in the third to win 6-3 in the second round of the Father’s Day Frenzy.

June 21 vs. LBC Attack—In the Father’s Day Frenzy semifinal game, the Knights won 11-3. Marczuk and Calabrese each had two hits and two RBIs. Ryan Davis pitched all five innings, recording three strikeouts and a 1.80 WHIP.

June 21 vs. Northern Indiana Bandits—In a rematch of their opening-round game, the Knights again beat the Bandits, this time 8-3. The win earned the Knights the tournament championship. Norman had two hits and two RBIs, while Calabrese had two hits and two walks. Szewczyk and Joey Brandionisio each had two RBIs.

June 23 vs. Lake Park—The Lancers defeated the Knights 4-1 in seven innings. Paulson had two hits for the Knights, while Violett went six innigns on the mound in the loss. Despite the loss, the Knights are 9-1 in summer play through Tuesday.

June 23 vs. Lake Park (Exhibition)—The Knights won 3-2 in exhibition over the Lancers by plating two runs in walk-off fashion in the fifth. Szewczyk had two RBI on two hits while Hendricks struck out five over five innings of work on the mound.

IHSA releases classifications for 2015-16 school year

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released the classifications breakdown for the 2015-16, and Kaneland will not see any changes to their sports landscape from the 2014-15 season.

• Baseball: 3A (four classes)
• Basketball (boys and girls): 3A (four classes)
• Cross Country
(boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Cheerleading: Middle
(three classes—small, medium, large)
• Dance: 2A (three classes)
• Football: Determined at the
end of the regular season
• Golf (boys): 2A (three classes)
• Golf (girls) AA (two classes)
• Softball: 3A (four classes)
• Scholastic Bowl: AA (two classes)
• Soccer (boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Track and Field (boys and girls):
2A (three classes)
• Volleyball: 3A (four classes)
• Wrestling: 2A (three classes)

Enrollment for the high school is up 19 students—1,310 to 1,329 —from the 2014-15 school year to the upcoming year. Since classification cut offs vary from sport to sport depending on the number of schools that participate in each sport throughout the state, the Knights had some close calls this upcoming season. Kaneland was 49 students away from moving up to 4A in basketball, 17 students away from moving to 4A in volleyball, and 11 away from moving up to 3A in track and field.

Thunderstruck

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Knights lose in Sectional Semifinal
SYCAMORE—There was a flurry of runs in the late innings against Belvidere North June 3—nine of the 11 total runs were scored from the fifth inning on. But it was the Blue Thunder that plated just one more than Kaneland, to defeat the Knights 6-5.

The 2015 Knights baseball season ended with a 22-13 overall record, and a 9-3 record in the Northern Illinois Big XII.

In the Sectional rounds for the second year in a row, the Knights just couldn’t stop Belvidere North’s Jared Cantu, who went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Levon Smith, who went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two doubles. Smith also pitched a complete game for the Blue Thunder, striking out five while giving up 10 hits and five runs, all earned.

Kaneland’s Ryan David pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out three. Steven Limbrunner pitched an inning of relief for the Knights, giving up two runs on four hits, while Colton Fellows also pitched in relief, giving up one run on one hit.

The Knights never led in the game, but tied the game two times. The Blue Thunder scored first when Smith singled in Cantu with two outs in the top of the third. But Kaneland answered in the bottom half of the inning when Austin Wheatley stole home with two outs.

In the top of the fifth, a two-RBI double by Belvidere North’s Smith made it 3-1 Blue Thunder. The Knights’ Joe Panico hit a sacrifice fly to score River Dunne to get Kaneland back within one in the bottom half of the fifth inning.

Cantu extended the Belvidere North led in the top of the sixth inning when he hit a two-RBI single with two outs. But Knight Jacob Violett tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a line drive single to center field that scored Jacob Bachio and Matt Rosko.

In the top of the seventh, Belvidere North led off with a single. Another Smith double made it 5-4 Blue Thunder. But an error with two outs helped them score one more run before it was Kaneland’s last chance. Panico got things going with a leadoff single he scored one batter later when Nick Stratman hit a single to center, making it 6-5, but that was as close as the Knights would get. Stratman was called out trying to get to second, but Bachio was able to reach on an error by the Belvidere North third baseman. A final flyout by Rosko sealed Kaneland’s fate.

Panico went 2-for-3 with a run, while Bachio went 2-for-4 with a run and Violett 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the loss.

Belvidere then faced St. Francis, who defeated them Saturday 14-0. St. Francis defeated Metamora 3-0 in the Super-Sectional to advance to the State tournament, which will begin Friday.

Crunch Time

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Knights win Regional
KANELAND—It’s crunch time—win or go home. So you know coach Brian Aversa’s Knights are ready to go.

Facing the daunting task of opposing the top-seeded team in the Regional, Burlington Central, the unranked Knights on May 27 kept their composure, even after the Rockets got out to an early 1-0 lead after one inning.

Following a Jacob Bachio single and a Matt Rosko double, Danny Hammermeister cracked a two-run single to give the Knights the lead. The Knights got a third run when Hammermeister scored on an error. In the fourth, Jacob Violett hit into a double play that allowed Rosko to score, making it 4-1.

The Rockets tied the score in the bottom of the inning, but Kaneland got the lead back again in the fifth. Austin Wheatley hit a lead-off double to left, and Nick Stratman hit a two-out single to drive him in.

Burlington was not done, as they tied the game at 5 in the bottom of the sixth. Wheatley again got on base with a lead-off single, and stole second. Stratman reached base on an error, which scored Wheatley, and Stratman moved all the way to third. Bachio singled to left to score Stratman to get the the final tally of 7-5. Pitcher Colton Fellows allowed a lead-off walk, but then struck out the next batter. After the Rocket’s baserunner was caught stealing, a fly-out ended the game. Fellows went the distance, allowing five runs on five hits while striking out five and walking four.

Against conference rival Sycamore for the Regional Championship, Matt O’Sullivan went six innings, allowing seven hits but only two runs. Sycamore took an early 2-0 lead lead, but O’Sullivan shut them down after that. The Knights tied the game in the second on a Hammermeister ground out that scored Bachio, and a Violett single right after that scored Rosko. The Knights got the lead for good on a Wheatley double that scored River Dunne in the fifth inning. They tacked on one more in the sixth, when Tyler Paulson scored on a Violett sacrifice fly. Steven Limbrunner earned the save that clinched the Regional Championship for the Knights.

Wednesday saw the Knights play Belvidere North in the Sectional Semifinal for a chance to advance to the Sycamore Sectional Championshop. Wednesday’s results were unavailable as of press time. If the Knights win, they play the winner of the Rock Falls/St. Francis game on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at Sycamore High School.

Warrior Win

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Knights hit 20 wins with triumph over Wheaton Academy
KANELAND—Sitting at a 20-12 record, the Knights experienced a rarity last weekend: back-to-back losses. But they got the win in the game they really needed on Monday.

The varsity baseball team dropped a pair of tough road losses—the first to St. Charles North 6-5 on May 22, and the second a 6-1 defeat at the hands of St. Charles East on May 23—before defeating the Wheaton Academy Warriors in a 9-8 slugfest on Monday in the opening round of the IHSA Regional.

Against the North Stars, Kaneland relief pitcher Jordan Bock took the loss, going 3.2 innings and giving up two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout. Infielder Danny Hammermeister led the Knights with three RBIs and a run scored, going 4-5 at the plate.

Against the Saints, the Knights were deadlocked with the hosts before St. Charles East exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Knights clawed back single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, but it was not enough. Jacob Violett took the loss, while Joe Laudont went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

In the win against Wheaton Academy—a team that came into the Regional with a 28-6 record—at the IHSA Regional hosted by Hampshire H.S., Knights’ starting pitcher Matt O’ Sullivan tossed five innings, giving up four runs on six hits, three walks and striking out five. Jordan Bock picked up the save for Kaneland, pitching a third of an inning with only two walks and giving up zero hits or runs. Infielder Joe Panico led the Knights’ offense, going 1-3 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.

Kaneland was scheduled to play at Hampshire again on Wednesday, taking on No. 1-seeded Burlington Central in the Regional Semifinal, but results were not available before press time. The winner of that game will play for the Regional Championship against either Hampshire or Sycamore on Saturday with a noon first pitch.

Hits keep coming for Kaneland

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Photo: Senior Joseph Panico fires the ball to first base Monday night in Kaneland’s 3-1 win over Batavia. Photos by Mary Paulson

Knights baseball on cusp of 20 wins
KANELAND—After securing the Northern Illinois Big XII Championship last week, Kaneland baseball certainly hasn’t rested on its laurels.

The Knights picked up back-to-back wins in consecutive days, defeating the Batavia Bulldogs 3-1 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Monday and the Hampshire Whip-Purs 8-1 on Tuesday. The wins improve the Knights’ record to 19-10 overall, to go along with its 9-3 record in NIB-12 Conference play.

Playing as the visitors in the home of the Minor League Class A Kane County Cougars on Monday night, the Knights made Senior/Benefit night one to remember. Kaneland pitcher Colton Fellows tossed four innings of one-hit ball as a third-inning reliever to get the win, and Jordan Bock picked up his third save of the season. Infielder Austin Wheatley was 1-4 with a run; Steven Limbrunner went 0-1 with a run and the go-ahead RBI.

Against the Whip-Purs, Kaneland took advantage of throwing mishaps by Hampshire, as well as an outstanding pitching performance by Knights’ starter Matt O’ Sullivan (7 IP, one run, six strikeouts and two walks) to get the home win. Joseph Panico led Kaneland’s offense as he went 4-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Danny Hammermeister (1-3 with a triple and a run scored) Jacob Marczuk (1-3 with a double and 2 runs) and Wheatley (2-4 with a run) also made key contributions offensively to the Knights’ win. Hampshire starting pitcher Kyle Rutkowski (4 IP, three runs on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks) took the loss for the Whip-Purs.

Kaneland head coach Brian Aversa was pleased with his squad’s effort against Hampshire.

“Great pitching. It’s easy to play behind great pitching (and) a couple of big hits,” he said. “We got some guys moving around the bases all right. (We) took advantage of some overthrows; just doing things the right way. (It’s) finally starting to click a little bit for us; (we) just continue trying to improve our game.”

Knights’ starting pitcher O’ Sullivan offered his thoughts on the team’s performance, as well.

“Pretty good. (We) let our defense work. We always find ways to push runs across the board. Even if we’re not hitting, we’re still scoring runs,” he said.

Up next for the Knights, the team will play host to Cary-Grove on Thursday.

May 21 sports recap

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Freshman Baseball

May 12 vs. Geneseo—The Knights demolished Geneseo 18-0. Reece Sowell picked up the win for the Knights, who scored 10 runs in the third inning. Trevor Jones went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases, a walk and three runs, while Nathan Westmaas went 3-for-3 with a run and Mitchel Jackson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Sophomore Soccer
May 13 vs. Crystal Lake South—Ashley Painer and Mallory Burgin had goals for the Knights as they beat Crystal Lake South 2-0. Marly Schultz and Mary Collum had assists.
May 14 vs. Prairie Ridge—The Knights tied Prairie Ridge 1-1, thanks to Julia Lemp’s unassisted goal.
May 15 vs. Dundee-Crown—The Knights ended their three-game stint at the Dundee-Crown Tournament with a 5-1 win over the hosts. Burgin had a big day for KHS, scoring two goals and supplying two more assists. Schultz, Gabrielle Faletto and Faith Cowsert had the other Knight goals. Rachel Fielding and Valencia Baez had assists. The Knights sit at 11-2-2, 6-1-1 in NIB-12 play.

Sophomore Softball
May 15 vs. Plainfield North—The Knights fell behind the Tigers and could not get the runs back, losing 8-2. Aly Jesionowski was tagged with the loss, but did hit a triple, as did Katie Moore.
May 18 vs. Plano—The Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, and then they poured on the offense, defeating the Reapers 13-3. Jesionowski struck out 16 over seven innings, while walking four and giving up three runs (one earned). Sam Albright (1-for-3) and Lexi Abruzzo (4-for-5) each had doubles, but it was Jesionowski with the showstopper: A walk-off grand slam.
May 19 vs. Rock Falls—The Knights lost to Rock Falls 7-1. Jesionowski went 2-for-3, but was the losing pitcher. Albright went 1-for-3 with a double.

Kaneland Wins NIB-12 Championship

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Senior Austin Wheatley beats out a throw to home and scores the winning run for the Knights against Sycamore May 5. Photo by Mary Paulson
Senior Austin Wheatley beats out a throw to home and scores the winning run for the Knights against Sycamore May 5.
Photo by Mary Paulson

Morris helps Knights earn crown with win over Yorkville
KANELAND—The Kaneland baseball team defeated the Sycamore Spartans 7-6 at home to win at least a share of the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference Championship last Wednesday, May 6. On Monday, they would learn they won it outright when Yorkville lost to Morris. The Foxes had won the previous two conference titles.

Against Sycamore, infielder Danny Hammermeister led the offense, going 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI while catcher Joe Laudont was 2-for-4 with a run and the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Knights’ Steven Limbrunner pitched two innings, giving up two hits with no runs, a walk and a strikeout for the win.

Kaneland fell to Sycamore on the road the following day on May 7, 4-1. Knights’ pitcher Ryan David pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with one strikeout while surrendering five walks in the loss. Outfielder Matt Rosko went 3-for-4 with a run to lead Kaneland’s offense.

The Knights returned to winning ways on Monday, as they defeated the Burlington Central Rockets 9-2. Kaneland starting pitcher Matt O’Sullivan threw five innings with four strikeouts. Outfielder Nick Stratman led the Knights’ offense with two RBI’s in the win.

On the same day, Kaneland defeated Westminster Christian 5-3. Knights’ pitchers Nick Stratman and Jacob Violett combined for nine strikeouts with a 1.00 WHIP each. Infielder Joe Panico had two RBI’s and one hit to lead Kaneland offensively to the win.

A Tuesday tilt against a talented Geneseo team saw the Knights shut out the Maple Leafs 8-0. Pitcher Colton Fellows was masterful in the win, going seven innings, striking out eight, while allowing only four hits and no walks. Offensively, Jacob Violett went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI, while Hammermeister went 3-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Panico went 2-for-2 with a run.

The Knights’ record now stands at 17-10 overall and 9-3 in NIB-12 play.

Kaneland hosts Geneseo again on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
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May 14 sports recap

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Sophomore Baseball
May 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights won 6-2 behind a complete game by Jack Marshall on the mound. Marshall went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs, while Luke Calabrese went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run, and Jake Hummel went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. The Knights are 16-4, 11-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Soccer
May 7 vs. Morris—Kaneland defeated the Redskins 6-2. Julia Lemp had a hat trick for the Knights, while Gabrielle Faletto supplied a goal and an assist. Ashley Painer and Valencia Baez also had goals, while Mallory Burgin and Rachel Fielding had assists.
May 11 vs. Wauconda—Marley Schultz got the Knights on the board off a Falleto assist, and Kaneland didn’t stop there. Burgin (Amanda Diaz assist), Schultz again on a penalty kick, and Lemp (Schultz assist) helped KHS to a 4-0 win. The team sits at a 10-1-2 record, 6-1-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Softball
May 6 vs. Morris—Morris defeated Kaneland 10-3. Katie Moor went 2-for-3 with a triple, while Aly Jesionowski went 2-for-4, but was tagged with the loss on the mound.
May 7 vs. Geneseo—Geneseo used a five-run first inning and eight-run seventh inning to cruise to a 16-4 win over KHS. Jesinowski was the losing pitcher, but went 2-for-4 at the plate. Moore was 3-for-4, while Katie Kurzrock went 1-for-2. The Knights are 5-9, 2-5 in conference play.

May 7 sports recap

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Freshman Softball
April 29 vs. Sycamore—The Knights lost 8-6. Jessica Shell pitched seven innings, giving up five runs (two earned) and striking out four.
May 1 vs. DeKalb—DeKalb beat the Knights 20-1 behind a 12-run fifth inning.
May 2 vs. Rockford East—The Knights beat RE 15-4.
May 2 vs. Grant—Grant beat the Knights 11-1.
May 2 vs. Antioch—The Knights finished the weekend with a 18-2 loss to Antioch.

Sophomore Softball
April 30 vs. DeKalb—Aly Jesionowski struck out 11, walked two and gave up only two hits in Kaneland’s 6-0 win over DeKalb. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Alexis Abruzzo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Jesionowski went 2-for-4, including a two-run shot. Katie Moore supplied a double for the Knights.

Freshman Baseball
April 27 vs. Yorkville—The Knights fell 3-1 to the Foxes. Zachary Farris went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
April 30 vs. Yorkville—KHS bounced back with a big 13-2 win over YHS. Jack Douglas got the win for the Knights, and also went 3-for-3 with a run and four RBIs.

Sophomore Baseball
April 30 vs. Yorkville—The Knights crushed the Foxes 16-2. Jack Marshall pitched five innings of two-run ball for the win, while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Josh Norman went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and John Weigand went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases.
May 2 vs. Prairie Ridge—Kaneland won 19-10. Weigand went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two stolen bases.
May 4 vs. Sycamore—Clark Hendricks pictched a complete game as the Knights defeated the Spartans 4-3. Weigand went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI, while Luke Calabrese went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs.

Sophomore Soccer
May 5 vs. Sycamore—The Spartans defeated the Knights 2-1. Rachel Fielding scored for the Knights off a Marley Schultz assist.

Up one, down two

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Knights finish sweep of Yorkville; fall to Prairie Ridge, Sycamore
KANELAND—The Knights certainly have the Foxes’ number.

The Kaneland varsity baseball team won their third straight game against the Yorkville Foxes 6-3 at home on April 30 before falling to the Prairie Ridge Wolves 7-2 on Saturday at home and to Sycamore on Monday on the road.

The Knights now have an overall record of 13-9 and 8-2 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

Knights’ starting pitcher Ryan David went the distance against Yorkville. David pitched seven innings giving up three runs on three hits, striking out three with a WHIP of 0.86.

After David pitched out of a jam in the top of the first inning (a hit batsmen, infield single to second base and a runner-advancing fielder’s choice ending with runners at the corners) and a lone single in the bottom half by the Knights given up by Foxes’ starting pitcher Adrian Morris, Yorkville’s Cameron VanBoekel took a four-pitch walk from David to start the second inning. Van Boekel then stole second base when the ball got away from Kaneland catcher Joe Laudont, advanced to third on a ground-out by Jon Jungr and scored on another ball that got away from Laudont. Yorkville took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the second.

The Knights got things rolling with a leadoff walk to infielder Jacob Bachio off new Yorkville pitcher Sam Kiesewetter. Outfielder Matt Rosko then slammed a two-run home run to to right field to give Kaneland a 2-1 lead. Kiesewetter managed to pitch out of a jam himself (a single, walk and a double-steal) to end the inning.

The teams played to a stalemate until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Kaneland outfielder Jacob Violett and infielder Danny Hammermeister took back-to-back walks from Yorkville pitcher Kyle Aloisio. Violett advanced on a balk by Aloisio and scored from third on a wild pick-off throw from Yorkville’s catcher to increase the Knight’s lead to 3-1.

After the Foxes managed two base runners in the top of the fifth inning (both left on base), Kaneland’s bats came alive again in the bottom of the frame. Infielder Joe Panico led off with a single to right field off Christian Carrera, Yorkville’s fourth pitcher of the contest. Laudont drew a walk, then later scored on another wild pick-off throw to third base. Hammermeister hit into a fielder’s choice to third and Bachio lifted an RBI single to left field to stretch the Knights’ lead to 5-1.

After David pitched a perfect top of the sixth, Kaneland scored again in the bottom of the inning, albeit under unique circumstances. With two outs, infielder Austin Wheatley hit an infield single off Yorkville’s fifth pitcher of the game, Brady Kauppila. Wheatley later scored from third on a balk by Kauppila to make the score 6-1 in favor of the Knights. Panico hit a single to right field and reached third on Kauppila’s second balk of the inning. A ground-out by Laudont ended the Knights’ scoring on the day.

Yorkville attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning. with two men on base and two outs, the Foxes’ Matt Gruber hit a two-RBI double to center field to cut the Knights’ lead to 6-3. David sealed the win for Kaneland by striking out Yorkville’s Nathan Scott for the final out.

“Our three guys between (starting pitchers) Colton (Fellows) Sully (Matt O’ Sullivan) and Ryan (David) did a great job,” head coach Brian Aversa said when describing the three-game sweep of Yorkville. “(I) couldn’t ask for anything more from that staff. Jordan Bock coming in and getting the save on Monday was a big-time play with the bases loaded. To hold a really good team to three runs was exceptional.”

“Right from the beginning, we were all asking each other how ready we are. We know we’re going to get a good performance from all three of our (starting) pitchers. We were excited (and) we kind-of had that playoff mentality. We just try to take one game at a time,” Rosko said.

In Saturday’s game, the Knights fell to the Prairie Ridge Wolves 7-2. Starting pitcher Jackson Marwitz tossed six innings for the Wolves, giving up two hits, two runs and a walk with three strikeouts. Bock took the loss for Kaneland, pitching two innings while giving up two hits, three runs and two walks with no strikeouts. Prairie Ridge outfielder Christopher Slack was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored to lead the Wolves offense. Bachio went 1-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Knights.

Kaneland took on the Sycamore Spartans on Monday, enduring a tough 4-3 loss in eight innings. Sycamore starting pitcher Colan Treml pitched a complete game, giving up three runs on six hits with two walks and striking out five in the win. Knights starter O’Sullivan tossed 7 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in the loss. Spartans catcher Nate Gross led the way offensively for Sycamore, going 2-4 with two doubles and a run scored while Kaneland’s Nicholas Stratman also went 2-4 with a run scored to lead the Knights.

The Knights played Sycamore Tuesday night (results unavailable as of press time), prior to tonight’s finale of the three-game conference series.

Photos by Mary Paulson

Building momentum

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Photo: Second basemen Austin Wheatley slides into home to score for the Knights during their 9-7 win over DeKalb April 23. Photos by Mary Paulson

Knights improve to 7-1 in NIB-12
KANELAND—The Kaneland varsity baseball team has been on a hot streak as of late.

The Knights defeated the Dekalb Barbs 9-7 on April 23, followed by a 12-1 win over Wheaton Academy the following day.

Against Wheaton Academy, Knights starting pitcher Steven Limbrunner tossed 4 1/3 innings, giving up three walks, six hits and one run with one strikeout. Danny Hammermeister went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as Matthew Rosko also went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and a home run. Nicholas Stratman was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Kaneland hosted the first of three games in a row against the Yorkville Foxes on Monday, winning the opener 2-0. Starting pitcher Matthew O’ Sullivan went 6 2/3 innings for the Knights, giving up only three hits and striking out seven. Reliever Jordan Bock picked up the save, surrendering one hit while striking out one. Joseph Laudont led the way offensively for Kaneland as he went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a double in the victory.

Kaneland shut out Yorkville for the second time in as many days on Tuesday, beating them 4-0 on the road. Starting pitcher Colton Fellows went the distance, giving up four hits, two walks and zero runs while striking out three in seven innings of work. The Knights’ Jacob Violett went 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Joseph Laudont walked twice, had a stolen base and scored two runs.

The four wins improve Kaneland’s record to 12-7 overall and 7-1 in the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference.

The Knights will go for the series sweep at home against Yorkville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

4-30 sports recap

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Sophomore Baseball
April 23 vs. DeKalb—The Knights dispatched the Barbs 15-4 in a mercy rule-shortened game. Preston Havis got the win on the mound. Jack Marshall went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI and two runs. Luke Calabrese wet 2-for-3 with three runs, an RBI and a double. Jake Hummel went 2-for-2 with a double, three RBIs, one run and a walk.
April 27 vs. Yorkville—Clark Hendricks earned the win as the Knights defeated Yorkville 8-1. Calabrese went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs, while Marshall also went 2-for-4 with two runs.
April 28 vs. Yorkville—The Foxes got revenge on the Knights, winning 3-0. The Knights were held to just one hit. The Knights now sit at 10-4, 7-1 in conference play.

Freshman Softball
April 24 vs. Yorkville—Yorkville’s early one-nothing lead erupted into a 20-3 loss for the Knights.

JV Softball
April 25 vs. Quincy Notre Dame—Kaneland defeated QND 8-5. Alexis Slowick went 1-for-2 with two RBIs and a walk, while Hailey Douglas went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Aly Jesinowski went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Shannon Herra pitched four innings, striking out eight and giving up five runs (one earned).
April 28 vs. Sycamore—Jesinowski struck out nine, but gave up six earned runs in Kaneland’s 6-2 loss to Sycamore. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-4, while Lexi Abruzzo went 3-for-4 and Elizabeth Elliott went 1-for-3 with a double.

More ups than downs

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Photo: Junior Ryan David pitched seven innings with three strikeouts against Morris on Thursday night. The Knights defeated the Redskins 5-2. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights earn wins over Morris, DeKalb; lose to Geneva
KANELAND—Knights starting pitcher Ryan David went the distance last Thursday as Kaneland defeated the Morris Redskins 5-2. However, the Geneva Vikings shut out visiting KHS 7-0 on Saturday. Kaneland rebounded in a big way on Monday, beating the DeKalb Barbs 12-1 on the road.

The Knights’ record now stands at 7-7 overall and 3-2 in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

David pitched seven strong innings on Thursday with three strikeouts and a 1.43 WHIP. Offensively, he was helped out by walks taken by outfielders Jacob Marczuk and Matt Rosko, and one by infielder Matt O’Sullivan. Jacob Bachio had two RBIs for the Knights as the team combined for six hits in the win.

Kaneland did not fair so well on Saturday at Geneva. The Vikings led the Knights 1-0 at the end of the first inning and never looked back. After a quick 1-2-3 second inning for the Knights, they were able to turn a brilliant 5-4-3 double play after a one-out single by Vikings third baseman Nicholas Porretto. Kaneland starting pitcher Steven Limbrunner tossed 5.1 innings and had a 1.12 WHIP in the eventual loss.

The third inning started on a promising note for the Knights as infielder River Dunne lifted a single to left field. He was later called out while caught stealing second base. A groundout to the shortstop by outfielder Kevin Fuchs and a strikeout by Marczuk ended Kaneland’s side of the inning. The bottom half of the frame saw Limbrunner record two of his four strikeouts back-to-back to keep Geneva’s lead at 1-0.

The top of the fourth inning saw two Knights (catcher Joe Laudont and outfielder Nick Stratman) get on base with two outs, courtesy of a throwing error by Porretto and an infield single, respectively. Kaneland was again unable to capitalize with a runner in scoring position as O’Sullivan struck out to end the team’s half of the frame. The Knights would end the game with two runners left on base/in scoring position. Left-handed pitcher James Prisco threw six shutout innings for Geneva in the win.

After a one-out walk given up to Geneva shortstop Jack Wassel (who later stole second base), Limbrunner was able to get a flyout to right field and a groundout to the shortstop to end the inning.

The top of the fifth inning saw the Knights reach base again courtesy of a hit by Limbrunner, who was later thrown out at second while Dunne made it safely to first. Fuchs would hit into a 5-4-3 double play to end another Kaneland scoring chance. Geneva started the bottom half of the frame with an infield single by Alex Hostman. After a strikeout by Porretto and a flyout to left by outfielder Justin Soeldner, Hostman was picked off at first by Limbrunner for the third out.

Marczuk was hit by a pitch from Prisco to start the sixth inning. Infielder Austin Wheatley then reached first on a fielder’s choice by Prisco. After Wheatley stole second, Prisco retired the next two Kaneland batters to again deny the Knights a scoring chance.

The Vikings turned up the heat in the bottom half of the frame. Justin Hasegawa led off with a single to right field. Outfielder Justin Croci hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Hasegawa to second, who then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Outfielder Garret Davis was declared safe at first on the same pitch. Wassel followed with an RBI single to left field, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead. Limbrunner was then lifted, and Jordan Bock came on in relief. Catcher Nate Montgomery struck out as Davis and Wassel completed a double-steal. Outfielder Matthew Simpson walked to load the bases, then Hostman delivered an infield RBI single for a 3-0 advantage. With the bases still loaded, Porretto hit a three-RBI double to right field to give Geneva a 6-0 lead. Soeldner followed that with another RBI single to center field, then advanced to second for a 7-0 Vikings lead. Croci (batting for the second time in the inning) flew out to right field to end Geneva’s onslaught.

Nicholas Porretto switched from third base to relief pitcher to start the seventh inning of play. After a tagout on Stratman, pinch-hitter Danny Hammermeister was struck out/thrown out at first base by Montgomery, and pinch-hitter Noah Jones struck out to end the game for Kaneland.

“We just got behind batters, and (Geneva) did a nice job of putting the ball in play (and) taking walks,” head coach Brian Aversa said. “Steve (Limbrunner) pitched a great game. We made some mistakes early on and just kind-of got behind where we didn’t feel like we were in the game, for some reason.

“We’re just really at a point right now where we’re not executing very well,” Aversa added. “We can’t get a bunt down. We can’t get a hit-and run; can’t steal. When you can’t do those things, you’re going to lose.”

Kaneland got back to winning ways on the road at DeKalb on Monday, defeating the Barbs 12-1. Knights starting pitcher Colton Fellows threw a complete game, giving up just one run on two hits while striking out two with a WHIP of 0.43. Fellows was aided in his cause by hits from Rosko (three) and Laudont (two), as the Knights totaled 12 hits in all. Hammermeister led both teams with three walks. A seven-run third inning helped seal the win for the Knights.

After Tuesday’s game at home against DeKalb (results not available before press), the Knights visit the Barbs one more time Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

April 23 sports recap

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Sophomore Baseball
April 14 vs. Morris—Kaneland used a five-run second inning to help them jump out to a 7-0 lead before Morris scored five of its own in the top of the sixth, and one more in the seventh. But Kaneland scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to win 9-6. Josh Pollastrini earned the win, while Stephen Bicos got the save. Joey Brandonisio went 2-for-2 with four runs, a stolen base, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Luke Calabrese was 2-for-4 with two runs ,a double and an RBI, while Josh Norman was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a double.
April 16 vs. Morris—Mike Krause earned the win at Kaneland’s 14-7 visit to Morris. Norman went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple for the Knights, who scored five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Girls Soph. Soccer
April 14 vs. Morris—The Knights got on the board with a Morris own goal, and Faith Cowsert (Gabrielle Faletto assist) made it a 2-0 shut out. The Knights are 5-0-1, 3-0 in conference play.

Freshman Softball
April 15 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland earned an 8-7 win, coming back from a 6-0 deficit. Jocelyn Garcia hit a three-run double in the fifth. The Knights are now 1-4, 1-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Softball
April 16 vs. Sycamore—The Spartans handed the Knights a 6-4 loss. Aly Jesionowski pitched six innings, striking out seven and giving up six runs. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-3 with a double.

Freshman Baseball
April 16 vs. Morris—The Knights dismantled Morris 17-2. Jack Douglas went 3-for-5 with three runs, a double and two RBIs. Bryce Burton was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Matthew Olson went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI, while Reece Sowell went 2-for-2 with two runs.

Finding the .500 mark

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KANELAND—Setbacks to Sterling on Saturday and Morris on Tuesday blemished a solid week for the KHS baseball team, as they won three more games. Coach Brian Aversa’s team sits at a 5-6 record.

On April 8, the Knights got the best of host Montini with a 2-1 win. Colton Fellows pitched six innings, earning seven strikeouts while only giving up two hits and a run. Matt O’Sullivan pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Austin Wheatley went 1-for-3 with a run, and O’Sullivan picked up a walk, hit and RBI.

An April 9 game against Harlem was cancelled.

On Friday, April 10, Marmion came calling to KHS, and left with a 12-5 loss, thanks to a nine-run third inning by the Knights. Ryan David improved to 2-0 on the year, picking up the win with five strikeouts, but giving up two walks and five earned runs. Wheatley went 2-for-4 with three runs, two stolen bases, a double and two RBI. Joe Panico went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, a home run and four RBI. Joe Laudont went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and two RBI, and Nick Stratman also went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run.

Saturday’s game saw the visiting Golden Warriors score four late runs in the top of the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie that sent the game to the extra frame. Jacob Bachio went 2-for-4 with two runs, while Kevin Fuchs went 1-for-2 with a double and two RBI.

The Knights earned a win over conference foe Morris on Monday. The Knights took a 1-0 lead on a Laudont home run to left field, but Morris scored three runs in the top of the sixth to put the visitors ahead. Kaneland answered right back with two runs, with Wheatley drawing a walk and advancing to third on a Panico double to left. Laudont and Stratman would advance both runners home on successive sacrifice flys. In the bottom of the seventh, Danny Hammermeister singled to the short stop, and eventually scored the winning run for the Knights in walk-off fashion.

Tuesday, the Knights travelled south on Route 47 to play at Morris, losing 9-1. O’Sullivan was tagged with the loss, giving up seven runs (one earned), while striking out three. Wheatley had the lone RBI for the Knights, and also stole a base.

Thursday will see the Redskins come calling back at the KHS varsity field at 4:30 p.m. in the series’ rubber game. The Knights on Saturday will visit Geneva at 1 p.m. before three games against DeKalb next week.

Heading home

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Senior Dan Hammermeister (above) waits for his pitch against O’Fallon Saturday. Junior Jake Marczuk (below) hit a single to right field and sprints down the first base line to beat the throw to first Saturday in Emerson, Ga. The Knights played six games in Kentucky and Georgia. 							       Photos by Mary Paulson
Senior Dan Hammermeister (above) waits for his pitch against O’Fallon Saturday. Junior Jake Marczuk (below) hit a single to right field and sprints down the first base line to beat the throw to first Saturday in Emerson, Ga. The Knights played six games in Kentucky and Georgia. 							       Photos by Mary Paulson
Senior Dan Hammermeister (above) waits for his pitch against O’Fallon Saturday. Junior Jake Marczuk (below) hit a single to right field and sprints down the first base line to beat the throw to first Saturday in Emerson, Ga. The Knights played six games in Kentucky and Georgia. Photos by Mary Paulson

Knights close out spring break trip with 2-4 record
EMERSON, GA.—The Knights are happy to be home.
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After dropping its first two games during the early portion of their annual spring break trip, the Kaneland baseball team finished out its final four games in Emerson, Ga., in a split. Kaneland’s season record now stands at 2-4 as it begins the local portion of its schedule.

On April 2, coach Brian Aversa’s squad earned its first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Greenup County (Ken.). Matt O’Sullivan went the distance, giving up four hits, no runs and striking out five. Jacob Bachio went 1-for-3 with the team’s lone RBI. Matt Rosko went 2-for-3 with a run. The Knights on April 2 lost to Valdosta (Ga.) 3-0. Colton Fellows was tagged with the loss, giving up five hits, three runs (all earned) and striking out five.

On Friday, the Knights mustered four runs, but could not keep up with McCallie (Tenn.) and their five-run third inning, as KHS fell 7-4. Ahead 2-1 going into the third, Kaneland’s Nick Stratman was tagged with the loss after giving up four hits and six runs (three earned), while walking five and stiking out one. Steven Limbrunner pitched 3.2 innings of relief, giving up one run while Jordan Bock pitched one inning, giving up a walk and tallying one strikeout. Joe Laudont went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI, while O’Sullivan went 1-for-2 with two runs and a walk.

In its final game of the Emerson trip, Kaneland took on O’Fallon of downstate Illinois and came away with an 8-3 win over the Panthers. Laudont went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Joe Panico went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. Jacob Bachio went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Nick Stratman went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Ryan David went 6.1 innings, giving up eight hits and three runs (one earned) while walking one and striking out four. Jacob Violett gave up one hit and no runs in relief.

Wednesday’s score from the Knights’ game against Montini was unavailable as of press time. KHS will travel to Harlem Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

April 2 sports recap

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Girls Soph. Soccer
March 18 vs. IMSA—The Knights defeated the Titans 8-0. Gabriela Falleto had three goals and Rachel Fielding had two. Mallory Burgin, Willow Dunne and Marry Collum each had a goal. Burgin had two assists, while Marley Schultz, Dunne and Kristen Siebert each picked up one assist.

March 21 vs. Burlington Central—The Knights improved to 2-0 on the season with a 4-0 win over the Rockets. Fielding and Ashley Painer each scored unassisted goals, while Julia Lemp scored on a Tiffany Thompson assist. Faith Cowsert scored on a penalty kick.

JV Softball
March 30 vs. Batavia—The Lady Bulldogs beat the Knights 6-5 Monday. Shannon Herra went the distance on the mound, giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits, striking out 11 and walking four batters.

JV Baseball
March 30 @ St. Xavier (Ky.)—A four-run first inning by St. Xavier doomed the Knights, as they lost 8-4.

Freshman Softball
March 31 vs. Oswego—The Panthers won 19-0 in five innings. Jessica Storck was tagged with the loss. Hannah Theobald went 1-for-2 with a double, and Alexis Abruzzo also went 1-for-2.

Sophomore Softball
March 31 vs. Oswego—The Knights lost 12-4. Oswego out-hit KHS 13-9, but Kaneland also had three errors while Oswego had none. Aly Jesinowski pitched a complete game in the loss, striking out five but surrendering 10 earned runs and three walks. Jesinowski also went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-4. The sophomore team is 1-1 on the season.

No break

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Junior Joe Laudont makes an incredible play at home to get the final out in the inning, but the Knights couldn’t take down the St. Xavier Tigers in Louisville, Ken. The 4-1 loss on Monday was followed up with a 4-2 loss to Atlanta’s St. Pius Tuesday. The baseball team finishes up their spring break trip with four games in Emerson, Ga.   			   Photo by Mary Paulson
Junior Joe Laudont makes an incredible play at home to get the final out in the inning, but the Knights couldn’t take down the St. Xavier Tigers in Louisville, Ken. The 4-1 loss on Monday was followed up with a 4-2 loss to Atlanta’s St. Pius Tuesday. The baseball team finishes up their spring break trip with four games in Emerson, Ga.   			   Photo by Mary Paulson
Junior Joe Laudont makes an incredible play at home to get the final out in the inning, but the Knights couldn’t take down the St. Xavier Tigers in Louisville, Ken. The 4-1 loss on Monday was followed up with a 4-2 loss to Atlanta’s St. Pius Tuesday. The baseball team finishes up their spring break trip with four games in Emerson, Ga. Photo by Mary Paulson
Baseball travels for spring break games
LOUISVILLE, KY.—The Knights baseball team finally took the field in 2015, losing to Louisville, Ken.-based St. Xavier 4-1 during the opening game of their spring break trip.

Colton Fellows pitched 3.1 innings in the loss, giving up four hits and four runs, with two walks and a strikeout. Steven Limbrunner pitched 1.2 innings and Jordan Bock pitched one inning for the Knights.

At the plate, Joe Laudont went 1-3 with with a triple and the team’s lone RBI. Joe Panico was also 1-3 with a stolen base.

Tuesday saw KHS get a 4-2 loss at the hands of Atlanta’s St. Pius. Matt O’Sullivan threw two scorless innings and had two strikeouts, while Jacob Violett and Nick Stratman each threw scoreless innings as well. Ryan David was tagged for three runs (one earned) over two innings.

At the plate against St. Pius, Violet went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Scores and stats from Wednesday’s game in Emerson, Ga., were unavailable as of press time.

The team will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Emerson as it finishes up its spring break trip. Its next game in Illinois is home on Wednesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. against Montini Catholic.

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