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By on May 24, 2013
Senior Joe Pollastrini, leaps to grab a high throw in attempt to make an out at second base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk

KHS faces Batavia in Midwest League setting in tail-end of regular season
KANELAND—What’s one more postponement for Kaneland baseball?

In a 2013 campaign rife with cancellations, 19 to be exact, Kaneland baseball wanted to make up its non-conference contest from Friday with Batavia.

It was to get a final tune-up before Class 3A regionals start; it was for a good cause—the Caitlyn Phillips Memorial game—and it was a chance to get some innings in at the home of the Cubs’ Class A team, the Kane County Cougars.

With the match-up moved to Saturday morning, the Knights were not able to withstand the Bulldogs in a 5-3 matchup.

The game was moved in place of a contest with West Aurora.

Tuesday saw the regular season finale with visiting Wheaton-Warrenville South of the Dupage Valley Conference, in which Kaneland fell 10-2.

Kaneland finishes the regular season with a 12-17 mark, with a 7-8 record in Northern Illinois Big XII play. The tally marked the first losing season for Kaneland baseball in seven years.

Against the former Suburban Prairie Conference North division and Western Sun Conference rivals, the Knights gave up single runs in the first, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, with the one of the fourth breaking a 1-1 tie. Kaneland’s two-spot in the bottom of the sixth closed it within 4-3.

John Hopkins took the loss for the Knights, despite giving up just one run on two hits. Josh Sitterly went 1-for-1, while teammate Jake Parry went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Against WWS, Kaneland fell behind early, surrendering one in the first, three in the second, and two in the third. The Knights put up a pair of runs in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide.

Kaneland prepares for the Class 3A postseason landscape, with the No. 2 seed Knights facing No. 3 Sandwich in the Kaneland Regional.

The winner of that Thursday, May 23, 4 p.m. contest faces either No. 1 St. Francis of Wheaton or No. 4 Plano (Tuesday) in the regional title game on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m.

The Kaneland Regional champ faces the Burlington Central Regional winner out at Sycamore next week for a sectional semifinal.

A year ago, and fresh off a 2011 State crown, Kaneland was dropped by DeKalb on May 21, 2012, in a 9-3 regional semifinal. DeKalb would go onto the Kaneland Regional final only to lose to Marmion Academy 4-1.

The 2013 Kaneland baseball seniors. Photo by Patti Wilk

The 2013 Kaneland baseball seniors.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Varsity Head Coach Brian Aversa addresses the team at the end of the game. Photo by Patti Wilk

Varsity Head Coach Brian Aversa addresses the team at the end of the game.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Joe Pollastrini leaps for a high throw in attempt to make an out at second, while John Hopkins looks on. Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Joe Pollastrini leaps for a high throw in attempt to make an out at second, while John Hopkins looks on.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Dan Miller dives back to first base during the sixth inning. Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Dan Miller dives back to first base during the sixth inning.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Josh Cohrs tags for an out at home plate , but the call was overturned.  Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Josh Cohrs tags for an out at home plate , but the call was overturned.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Matt Kucera makes a flyball catch for an out. Photo by Patti Wilk

Matt Kucera makes a flyball catch for an out.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Matt Limbrunner is ready to grab the ball for an out at first base during the third inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Matt Limbrunner is ready to grab the ball for an out at first base during the third inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Zack Martinelli offers a high five to Lane Davis as he arrives at home plate during the second inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Zack Martinelli offers a high five to Lane Davis as he arrives at home plate during the second inning of Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Joe Pollastrini, leaps to grab a high throw in attempt to make an out at second base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior Joe Pollastrini, leaps to grab a high throw in attempt to make an out at second base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior John Hopkins readies a throw to first base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Photo by Patti Wilk

Senior John Hopkins readies a throw to first base during Kaneland’s 5-3 loss to Batavia at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Photo by Patti Wilk

The family of Caitlyn Phillips was warmly received by Kaneland Varsity players. Photo by Patti Wilk

The family of Caitlyn Phillips was warmly received by Kaneland Varsity players.
Photo by Patti Wilk

Seniors and their parents are announced and gather on the field to be recognized at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva May 18.  Photo by Patti Wilk

Seniors and their parents are announced and gather on the field to be recognized at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva May 18.
Photo by Patti Wilk