Multi-tiered effort highlights summer league win over Batavia
KANELAND—Humid conditions in Maple Park didn’t make things easy for the Batavia Bulldogs baseball lineup.
Neither did the steady inning management of Knights pitcher Steven Limbrunner and the bats of Nick Stratman and Danny Hammermeister, as the KHS brethren walloped Batavia 8-0 in summer league play on Monday.
“To get these guys a look that they deserve and that we need on our end, it’s to see what they can do for us and for the future,” KHS coach Brian Aversa said. “That’s why we play the bottom of the seventh today. We’ve got guys we haven’t seen yet and starting to gel with these guys that have the experience under their belts.”
Now 5-1-1 in area action since the circuit started in mid-June, the Knights were beneficiaries of a steady mound performance by Limbrunner, who didn’t allow a run in six innings of work.
“Steve looked great today,”Aversa said. “Keeping Batavia at no runs, that’s nice and he had a nice pitch count.”
The party started early for KHS as Austin Wheatley singled and three batters later, centerfielder Stratman jacked a ball over the fence for a 2-0 lead.
“It was good; it was a fastball down the middle and I just barely felt it come off the bat,” Stratman said.
The bottom of the third inning effectively put the game out of reach with the Knights clogging bases on singles from Joe Panico and Joe Laudont and a Stratman walk. Hammermeister hit a towering ball just several feet from leaving the yard, but all three runners came home for a 5-0 edge.
The good fortune of the summer is carrying a bit of the disposition of the 2014 postseason homestretch, which saw the second regional plaque in school history.
“It feels like momentum is carrying over, and we’re starting to get along with all the new kids and everything,” Stratman said.
Kaneland was set to host Class 4A State semifinalist South Elgin on Thursday, June 26, at 3 p.m.