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.