Kaneland baseball lineup clinches share of NIB-12

By on May 19, 2011

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:

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.