Lady Knights softball falls short vs. Geneva

By on May 7, 2009

by Mike Slodki
In a deadlocked softball game that was going down to the wire, any late run would do.

Unfortunately for Kaneland, the late runs were had by the visiting Geneva lineup.

A two-base error led to two runs coming home for the Lady Knights’ WSC rival in a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday.

The runs, which were scored in the top of the sixth inning, were the only runs in a contest that featured just five hits and 10 strikeouts combined.

KHS fell to 14-6 with a 5-3 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Delani Vest was tagged as the losing pitcher and fell to 9-3, despite eight K’s and just one walk.

The lone hits for the Lady Knights were a fifth-inning double by Chassidy Mangers and a third-inning single by Kristen Stralka.

“We were swinging at bad pitches, and we weren’t patient,” KHS coach Dennis Hansen said. “The hitters were getting behind in the count, and no one really hit the ball hard.”

Geneva’s opportunity came in the top of the sixth when, with two runners on, a two-out ball went over the head of right fielder Jordan Herra, allowing the runners to score.

The Lady Knights’ last chance ended when Mangers grounded to second with a runner at second base to end the game.

The sophomores lost to Geneva 2-1, and the freshmen trounced the Lady Vikings 16-4 in five innings.

Kaneland goes to DeKalb on Thursday, May 7.

Photo: Kaneland first baseman Kristen Stralka looks to snag a throw from pitcher Delani Vest during Tuesday’s 2-0 conference loss to Geneva. Photo by John DiDonna