See-saw start to season
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After rough start, Knights baseball wins 4 of last 5
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’s a case of slowly but surely for the boys in black.
After dropping its first five games of the year in Cardinals territory, the KHS baseball lineup may find its footing just yet.
The Knights won four of their last five, with a win over Plano on April 3 preceding a loss on Thursday in Rockton, Ill., against Hononegah. They added a Northern Illinois Big XII crossover win in Maple Park against Sterling and came through in a 6-4 win over Rochelle at home on Tuesday.
Following Tuesday’s win, KHS sits at 4-6 in the still-young season.
In the 6-5 win over Interstate Eight Conference mainstay Plano, it was a six-run fifth that did the trick for the Knights. The flurry was enough to withstand the five-run rally by the Reapers squad in the top of the seventh.
Josh Cohrs had a double, while Dan Miller and Matt Limbrunner had two RBI each.
Freshman callup Anthony Holubecki took the win, while Nick Stahl shut the seventh down for the save.
In the loss against NIC-10 school Hononegah, the Knight nine dropped a 4-0 result, as they managed just two hits on the afternoon, accomplished by Miller and Lane Davis.
Limbrunner was tagged with the loss on the mound.
In windswept conditions on Saturday, the Knights’ 1-0 win over the Golden Warriors was buoyed by just one hit, a Cohrs RBI double in the first inning, to win the affair.
Curtis Thorson powered through on the hill to earn the victory.
“(Sterling’s) always a very aggressive and competitive team,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “That win showed us a lot again. We still are figuring out a lineup, we got an incredible performance from Curtis Thorson that solidified our belief in his ability, and we proved that we are capable of winning the tight games and playing good defense when it counts.”
Holubecki came on in relief on Tuesday and notched another win, shutting down Rochelle in his two innings pitched, collecting a walk and a strikeout as well.
The Knights ran out to a 3-0 lead after two, before Rochelle battled back with two runs in each of the third and fourth innings. A three-RBI sixth inning gave Kaneland the winning edge.
Miller led the Kaneland hitters with a 2-for-3 day, with a run, RBI an a walk. John Hopkins also went 2-for-3, and Martinelli went 1-for-3, with two runs and a stolen base.
Kaneland concludes its series with NIB12 rival Rochelle in Ogle County on Wednesday and Thursday, April 10 and 11. Wednesday’s result was not available as of press time.