Baseball battles Foxes, Spartans

By on May 5, 2011

Photo: Kaneland’s Drew French looks the part on the Class A ballfield at Elfstrom Stadium during Thursday’s win over the Yorkville Foxes. Photo by Ben Draper

KANELAND—Knights baseball had its hands full with conference rivals Yorkville and Sycamore and had fortunes both good and bad.

KHS saw itself with a 12-7 record and an above-average 8-3 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play after Tuesday’s action.

Kaneland used its Elfstrom Stadium digs to its full advantage on Thiursday, beating the Yorkville Foxes by a 10-6 final.

Future North Central College weapon Drew French continued his good fortune on the mound, improving to 4-0 after a dicey 3.2-innings outing. French struck out three and gave up six runs on eight hits.

Kyle Davidson earned his fourth save of the year, striking out four as his reliability as a back-of-the-bullpen option was proven again.

Davidson also represented himself well at the plate with a 3-for-4 day, with a run and an RBI. Bobby Thorson went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.

In the Friday 8-5 loss to the Foxes in Maple Park, Sam Komel was tagged with the loss in 5.1 innings.

French was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI.

Yorkville’s offense started with two runs in the second and two in the third. After plating four runs to go up 8-0 in the top of the sixth, Kaneland came back with four in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh but could get no further.

Monday yielded a 5-4 loss in Sycamore. In the bottom of the fourth, Kaneland broke a 2-2 tie with a two-spot , but Sycamore came back with two in the fifth and one in the sixth to go ahead permanently.

Thorson was tagged with the loss in 5.2 innings of work. The hurler had five strikeouts, as well. Thorson also went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

The Knights fell victim to six runs from the host Spartans in the first and six more in the fifth for a 13-3 loss that took five innings.

The May slate of games roll on with a Thursday, May 3, encounter against Sycamore at 4:30 p.m., followed by a matchup with Oswego East High School on Saturday, May 7.