Can’t count ‘em out
KHS softball earns come-from-behind win
KANELAND—Under wind-swept and sunny skies, the forecast was less than appealing for the Lady Knights softball squad in Sycamore on Friday.
A three-run barrage in the top of the first inning soon gave way to a seven-run rally for Sycamore, but a run in the second, two in the fourth and four more in the sixth put a cap on a KHS comeback and a 10-9 win.
Other action during a packed week saw Kaneland drop a 3-1 decision to visiting DeKalb on Thursday, while hosting Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Geneseo on Saturday. The Lady Knights took the opener 4-3 while losing the second game 17-9.
KHS’ game against Yorkville in Kendall County on Tuesday was postponed.
KHS now sits at 9-9, with a 1-2 record in NIB-12 play.
In the matchup against DeKalb, it was Angie Morrow tagged with the loss.
Against Sycamore, Anissa Becker was unable to get out of the first inning, while Courtney Davis came on and pitched until the sixth when winning pitcher Angie Morrow came on to cinch the game.
“Our pitching was a little erratic, to say the least,” KHS coach Brian Willis said. “It was at the beginning at the game, and I explained to (Becker) that everybody has a day like that. You’ve just got to pick each other up, and our other pitchers came in and picked her up and only allowed two runs the rest of the game.”
After Morgan Weber doubled and Lexi Roach walked to kick off the game, Lanie Callaghan reached on an infield single before Meg Cohrs drove two home with a double. However, Callaghan was ruled out at third. After Cohrs went to third on a wild pitch, Hayley Contorno drove her in with a single for a 3-0 edge.
Sycamore was able to blow the game open with seven runs and nine hits in the bottom of the first and necessitating Davis’ entrance. Davis allowed just one hit to the first batter she faced.
The Lady Knights were able to reach home plate in the top of the second thanks to a Callaghan double that brought home Roach, who walked. Callaghan was again ruled out at third base trying to advance.
Two more runs came the Kaneland way in the top of the fourth. Davis singled, while Mary Clausen sacrificed her over to second. Davis would move to third on a passed ball and Weber would walk, setting the stage for Roach’s RBI single. Callaghan walked to load the bases and Cohrs’ sacrifice fly sent in the second run. Contorno’s groundout would end the rally at 7-6.
Sycamore plated two more in the bottom of the fifth before KHS sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth. Morgan Sikon’s RBI made it 9-7, and pinch hitter Paige Kuefler’s fielder’s choice made it 9-8, but Clausen’s squeeze play to drive home Kuefler ended as an out after Clausen was first ruled safe at home.
With the bases still loaded, Weber’s two-run single gave Kaneland the lead for the first time since the first inning.
Morrow and the defense were able to stifle a burgeoning rally that had a Sycamore runner in scoring position in the sixth and made it through the seventh for the dramatic win.
“The situation was, we couldn’t let them score,” Morrow said. “That was the biggest thing for me, and I needed to get a ground ball or strike somebody out. I was throwing fastballs; my curveball wasn’t working the way I wanted it to.”
Future action has the Lady Knights trek to Morris for an NIB-12 clash on Thursday, May 1.