Ironing it out
Photo: Junior Jacob Bachio makes a play on an ACC runner at second base. Kaneland lost the final regular season matchup with ACC, 6-0, and play the Chargers again today at 4:30 p.m. in Plano. Photo by Mary Paulson
KHS diamond boys fall in regular season finale to upcoming playoff foe
KANELAND—If adjustments have to be made, there’s no more ideal time than just before the playoffs.
For KHS baseball, the adjustments in the current layoff will have to do enough before today.
With just one game on the slate this past week, the Knights lost to the Aurora Central Catholic Chargers lineup in Maple Park by a final of 6-0, in what Kaneland hopes is not a precursor to their regional meeting.
KHS finishes the regular season with a mark of 15-15 and 9-6 in Northern Illinois Big XII play. Kaneland is currently in a funk that has seen it drop six out of its last seven contests.
Kevin Kassinger was tagged with the loss in the Friday encounter, going four innings while giving up four runs on six hits.
ACC scored two runs in the first, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth to seal the result.
On the Knights side, Nate Hopkins went 1-for-2 with a walk, while Kevin Fuchs went 1-for-3 in the losing cause.
All that remains is the postseason, which first takes the form of the 3A Plano Regional.
KHS is set to play on Thursday, May 29, at 4:30 p.m. against No. 3 ACC as the second seed. The winner faces either No. 1 St. Francis of Wheaton or No. 4 Sandwich. Sandwich had defeated No. 5 Plano 2-1, while ACC defeated IMSA 17-0 in Monday games.
The regional final would take place on Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m.
A year ago, St. Francis got the better of Kaneland in the Kaneland Regional final by 3-2 clip, in the Knights’ first regional final opportunity since the State championship run of 2011.