Softball stuck by Yorkville

By on April 25, 2014

Photos: Junior pitcher Angie Morrow (right) pitched well against
Geneva Saturday, earning a win. Senior center fielder Lanie Callaghan (below) set up an early run at Yorkville Thursday, but the Lady Knights lost to the Lady Foxes 5-2. Photos submitted by Jake Morrow to

Games in Geneva complete week
KANELAND—When Paige Kuefler takes a line drive off her wrist on the first batter of the game, resulting in her removal from the contest, you know it’s a difficult Thursday.

Dealing with a rising Yorkville program and an early-inning hole, the Lady Knights took it on the chin in a 5-2 loss, before splitting a doubleheader in Geneva with a 3-0 win and a 9-8 loss on Saturday.

Kaneland softball now sits at 7-7 through the first 14 contests in 2014.

Errors and extra-base hits plagued Kaneland and starting pitcher Angie Morrow, as the Lady Foxes emerged from the first two innings up 5-0.

Lanie_Callaghan The Lady Knights finally struck home plate when Morgan Weber laced a one-out double and a Lanie Callaghan groundout sent her to third. Rachel Goress smacked an RBI double before the inning ended to close it to 5-1 after four innings.

While holding the visitors scoreless, KHS was threatening in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn’t advance the runners after Callaghan reached on an error and Goress beat out an infield single.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hayley Contorno hit a single, and two batters later Morgan Sikon drove her home with an RBI single to make it 5-2. But the Foxes’ Rachael Owens was able to induce two Ks to end the game.

“I thought (Yorkville) pitched well today,” KHS coach Brian Willis said. “They played decent defense. You look at the scoreboard; they outplayed us. They didn’t do anything after their first two innings, but it doesn’t matter. You play seven innings.”

Kuefler’s absence didn’t do much to help KHS chances of victory, either.

“I don’t like anybody to get hurt. That first ball, nobody in the world is going to catch that. That’s a great ball by (Yorkville’s) Corrine (Rowe). After that, they dinked and dunked us,” Willis said.

Against Geneva, it was Morrow earning the win in game one, while Shannon Herra took the loss in game two.

A trip to Rochelle set for this past Friday was postponed until Monday, May 12.

KHS prepares for a challenge in the form of visiting DeKalb on Thursday, April 24.