Knights baseball makes diamond rough
Photo: Senior Curtis Thorson pitching for the Knights at the Pack the Park Special Event. Photo by Mary Paulson
KANELAND—On Thursday, Kaneland went to the Northern Illinois Big XII well once again for a trip to Morris, but lost 4-1. On Saturday, KHS hosted non-conference rival St. Charles East in Maple Park and lost 4-2.
Kaneland also traveled to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark for its Senior Night in Geneva, and faced Batavia only to lose 10-1. On Tuesday at Cary-Grove High School, the Knights earned a 6-4 win behind junior Nick Stratman’s five-inning effort and Anthony Holubecki’s four strikeouts in relief.
Kaneland sits at 15-14, with a 9-6 record in NIB-12 play, and just one regular season challenge left.
Facing the Redskins, Jacob Bachio went 1-for-2 with a run scored, while sophomore Holubecki was belted with the loss despite six strikeouts.
Against the Saints, Danny Hammermeister had an RBI groundout, and Stratman belted a solo homer in the seventh inning. Colton Fellows was tagged with the loss.
Sean Dunphy went 1-for-2 with an RBI against the Bulldogs, as Nick Henne suffered the loss on the mound.
The honorees before the varsity contest at the home of the Kane County Cougars were Harter Middle School student Drew Hahn, son of Geneva baseball coach Matt Hahn, and dealing with Anaplastic Large-Cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Phil Kassinger—father of Knight baseball player Kevin Kassinger—who is battling Stage 4 lung cancer; and KHS softball coach Brian Willis, battling colon cancer. All proceeds collected were donated to the families.
Tuesday saw Stratman also score two runs and go 2-4 at the plate. Tyler Carlson was 2-4 with a run and an RBI while Hammermeister was 1-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI.
On Friday, the Knights travel to Aurora Central Catholic for the regular season ender.