Pitching, defense lead to win over Cary-Grove

By on May 23, 2013

Baseball beats Streator, falls to Marengo, Sycamore, in big week
KANELAND—Knights baseball may have had a rougher go of it in 2013, but that doesn’t mean the boys can’t put together a stellar performance.

Behind junior Curtis Thorson’s arm, the infield defense and a homer by Matt Limbrunner, the Knights bested the Cary-Grove Trojans in non-conference play, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon.

Monday brought a loss to invading Marengo by a 2-0 clip, while Saturday had KHS beat crossover foe and host Streator, 2-1. Last Thursday had the host Knights drop a 12-4 loss to the Morris Redskins.

With the regular season homestretch in sight, the Knights are 12-15 (7-8 Northern Illinois Big XII).

Thorson had his best arsenal against the Trojan lineup, and even went through a two inning stretch with just nine pitches thrown. Two key double plays in the field also helped the effort.

“This gives us some momentum going into regionals,” Thorson said. “My fastball was working, and the double plays kept the pitch count low.”

Limbrunner smacked a ball that straddled the inside of the left field foul pole for a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After C-G tied the score in the fourth, a three-run fifth gave the Knights the lead once again. Nate Hopkins and Ty Bellock submitted RBI singles in the frame.

The win serves as a glimpse of what could happen if it all gets put together for KHS.

“I’d much rather have it this way,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “The double plays were a key to getting out of a lot of big innings. They turned it a few times and that was huge.”

Against Marengo, the Knights could manage just three hits in the shutout. Limbrunner went 5.2 innings on the mound for the loss, and also had a hit in the batters box.

Facing the Bulldogs on Saturday morning, the Knights saw a complete-game five-hitter from winner John Hopkins along with eight K’s. Hopkins also helped his cause with an RBI double, while Josh Cohrs also managed a two-bagger.

In the eight-run loss against Morris, Blake Sowell took the loss, and the Morris lineup broke a 5-2 game wide open with seven runs in the seventh inning.

Thorson had two RBI in the loss, while Dan Miller went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

KHS heads to Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva, home of the Class A Kane County Cougars, for a matchup with Batavia on Friday, May 17, for “Caitlyn Phillips Memorial Night”. The sophomore game starts at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity game at 7 p.m.