KHS softball (10-6) falls to GS, edges Geneva
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”In a meeting of two of the better Western Sun Conference teams on Thursday, the visiting Lady Raiders showed KHS who the team to beat might be this season.
Braving whipping winds, the Lady Knights fell victim to less-than-stellar defensive play and seven errors, along with timely Lady Raider hits in a 5-1 loss in Maple Park.
On Tuesday, the Lady Knights recovered with a 2-0 one-hit shutout of Geneva.
The Lady Knights are 10-6 with a 5-4 WSC record.
Glenbard South improved to 19-2 with an 8-0 WSC tally after its win over KHS.
Delani Vest struck out three and gave up two earned runs in the complete-game effort against the Lady Raiders.
The Lady Knights drew first blood in the bottom of the third. First baseman Kristen Stralka singled but was caught stealing. Vest reached on an error by the pitcher and stole second, and came home on a Brittany Davis grounder that was misplayed by the GS second baseman.
Glenbard South scored one in the fourth, two in the fifth, got a home run to left in the sixth, and scored one in the seventh to cap the day.
Kaneland threatened in the fourth and fifth innings, having two runners in scoring position with one out, but came up empty.
KHS coach Brian Willisâ€™ thinks a winning formula will find itself again if the Lady Knights take care of the ball.
â€œLast count I had was seven errors,â€ Willis said. â€œYou boot the ball that many times, youâ€™re not going to beat anybody whether its the fifth-ranked team in the state or the 500th-ranked team in the state. You give them too many opportunities and thatâ€™s whatâ€™s going to happen.â€
The sophomores lost 11-1 to Glenbard South, with the freshmen taking a 13-3, five-inning victory in their battle with the Lady Raiders.
Against host Geneva, the score was deadlocked at 0-0 before Andrea Dimming-Pottsâ€™ two RBI single broke the tie.
Vest helped her cause by going 3-for-3 with a run scored.