Knights have great road trip, fall at Geneva
Knights baseball played the part of road warriors this week.
For the most part, it was a successful venture.
The Knights sit at 5-2 in the opening part of the season, after having done a road trip through downstate Illinois and Missouri and losing to Geneva on Tuesday 5-3.
Last yearâ€™s planned spring break baseball road trip was washed out due to downpours, making the undefeated 2009 road trip a worthwhile venture.
On Thursday, Kaneland thwarted Springfield High School in five innings, 16-4. Friday saw the Knights defeat their Black Knight opponents 7-1, while the JV troops took home a 14-2 win.
On Saturday, the Knights got past St. Maryâ€™s High School in St. Louis by a final of 8-0, while the JV team won by a 15-5 clip.
In the loss against the host Vikings under windy conditions on Tuesday afternoon, Kaneland was fanned 13 times and Viking Riley Perry earned the win (3-0). Kaneland lefty Jeff Smith took the loss to fall to 1-1.
Joe Camaliere scored on a wild pitch in the first inning to go up 1-0. Geneva later took a 2-1 lead. However in the fifth inning, Joe Gura drew a bases loaded walk to tie the score, and catcher Mike Pritchard beat out an infield hit to have Kaneland take a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Geneva slugger Cory Hofstetter slammed a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning for the 5-3 lead which stuck.
Kaneland baseball was set to host Geneva on Wednesday at press time and travel to Geneva on Thursday, April 9.
Photo: Joe Camaliere successfully slides into home for the first run of the game during the Knightsâ€™ 5-3 loss at Geneva on Tuesday. Camaliere scored on a wild pitch. Photo by Ben Draper