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One run, no hits, one balk.
The Kaneland baseball team remained in the thick of the Northern Illinois Big 12 race Tuesday as an unconventional formula paved the way to a 1-0 victory against Morris.
Ray Barry scored on a first-inning balk, but the Knights were unable to capitalize on three Redskins errors and nine walks from Tim Smyk, who threw a no-hitter. Good thing Kaneland’s John Hopkins was more than sharp, striking out seven, walking one and allowing only a fourth-inning single.
“He did a real nice job controlling the tempo, controlling himself, just focusing on his job,” Knights coach Brian Aversa said. “John usually bats, but we hit for him tonight, and I think that made him even more dialed in.
Kaneland (18-8, 11-2 NI Big 12) will look to get its bats back on track today when the series resumes at Morris.
“We chalked this up to being the first game after prom, that’s what we’re going to chalk it up to,” Aversa said. “Our guys maybe were not 100 percent mentally ready to go. We’re not going to make an excuse for it, but we were by no means happy with the way we played.”
Barbs top Hubs: Danny Petras went 3 for 4 with an RBI in DeKalb’s 5-3 victory over Rochelle. Matt Hoyle finished 1 for 2 with two RBIs.
Corey Nelson was the winning pitcher, improving to 3-2. He gave up three earned runs.
Bradburn leads Royals to win: Cory Bradburn got his sixth win of the season as Hinckley-Big Rock beat Hiawatha 8-4.
Luke Winkle was 2 for 2 with a walk for the Royals (2-9, 14-1 Little Ten Conference), and Kris Beitel went 2 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored. Jake Schrader had a two-out RBI in the fourth that gave the Royals the lead.
Mike Mercado and Tyler Burger were each 2 for 4 for Hiawatha.
Price solid in Cogs loss: Genoa-Kingston pitcher Adam Price gave up two earned runs for the Cogs in a 7-0 loss to Burlington Central. He finished with six walks and six strikeouts.
G-K committed eight errors.
“[Price] did a phenomenal job,” Cogs coach Josh Latimer said. “It shows that we can compete with the Burlington Central’s. Honestly, we’re just giving games away.”
Mason Lucca and Andrew Oplt were each 1 for 3 for G-K.
Bobcats win big: Brandon Kramer pitched a complete game for Somonauk in a 20-0 win over Newark. He gave up two hits while striking out 11.
Indians no-hit: Sandwich was no-hit by Lisle in an 8-0 loss. Jake Rohen was the losing pitcher for the Indians, giving up eight earned runs in a complete game.
DeKalb tops Yorkville: Sarah Friedlund, Alysha Guy and Lindsey Costilow each had two hits in DeKalb’s 8-2 win over Yorkville. Katie Kowalski picked up the win for the Barbs (17-8, 5-4 Northern Illinois Big 12).
Spartans get NI Big 12 win: Jasmyne Taylor was 3 for 3 for Sycamore in a 6-3 win over Morris. Meranda Brashears and Lyndsey Coddington each finished 2 for 4 for the Spartans (12-16, 3-5 NI Big 12). Taylor Jones was 1 for 3 with a double and Jordyn Shultz finished 1 for 4 with two RBIs.
Keri Treml picked up the win, improving to 7-3.
Cogs drop BNC game: Burlington Central beat Genoa-Kingston, 5-0. The Cogs (16-9, 4-5 BNC) had two hits, one by Emily Wakeley and the other coming from Autumn Kilgus.
Sandwich shut out: Sandwich had just three hits in a 4-0 loss to Lisle. Morgan Murphy was the losing pitcher for the Indians in a complete game. She walked three and struck out five.
Kaneland thumps Yorkville: Brittany Olson had a hat trick for Kaneland in a 7-0 win over Yorkville. Taylor White added two goals and an assist. Katie Taylor had a goal and two assists, while Jessica Coia finished with a goal and an assist and Madi Jurcenko added two assists for Kaneland (10-4-1, 5-2-1 NI Big 12).
• Kevin Druley contributed to this report