The wind was unforgiving at the DeKalb high school baseball field for the Barbs in their matchup against Streator Saturday.
If you asked a Bulldog, DeKalb's bats were also unforgiving, as the Barbs hit their way to a 16-6 victory.
“I thought overall offensively we took a better approach at the plate (Saturday). We have been struggling with situational hitting, whether that's putting the ball in play with two strikes, moving runners, getting the big hit,” DeKalb coach Jake Howells said. “(Saturday) we did those things. We eliminated the strikeout, were able to move runners and also got some big hits. It was good to see that offensively.”
DeKalb (4-5) leadoff hitter Jared Johnson hit three doubles and helped advance runners with a sacrifice fly. Howells said his contributions were huge because it sets the tone for his team when the first couple of batters are getting hits as soon as the game begins.
The Barbs' Ryan Metser came to the mound for the last three innings ,and Howells said he pitched exceptionally for a team that already had a sizable lead. He threw strikes the Bulldog hitters couldn't hit in any attempt of a comeback.
DeKalb sophomore Logan Herring had a three-run home run.
G-K gets first win: Mendota got a close, 8-7 win over Genoa-Kingston in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday, but the Cogs responded with a 4-3 win in Game 2 for their first win of the season. G-K is now 1-4.
Jake Langford went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Game 1, and Danny Hansen was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Tommy Hansen was the Cogs' starting pitcher in Game 2, throwing 6 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run while striking out eight. Adam Price pitched the final 1/3 of an inning to pick up the win.
Bobby Treadwell was 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, and Eric Tucker went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases.
Spartans split DH: West Chicago beat Sycamore, 11-8, in Game 1 of a doubleheader, but the Spartans got a 12-11 win in Game 2.
In Game 1, Sycamore's Brit Huber went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBIs, while Jasmyne Taylor was 2-for-4 with a home run, double and an RBI. Taylor Jones finished 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
The Spartans' Jordyn Shultz went 4-for-5 with four RBIs in Game 2, and had the winning hit in the bottom of the seventh. Abby Foulk went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, while Taylor went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Taylor Zak was the winning pitcher for Sycamore, which improved to 3-4.
"This was definitely a day for the offense. Each team had double-digits in hits for each game. I thought we kept coming at them in both games and it finally paid off in Game 2," Sycamore coach Jill Carpenter said. "To be down two runs going into the bottom of the seventh and come away with a win is a testament to our kids' ability to keep playing until the final pitch."
H-BR gets win: Hinckley-Big Rock beat Stillman Valley, 2-1. The Royals got two goals from Jacqueline Madden and assists from Lauren Paver and Andrea Binkley.
H-BR is now 3-0-1.
Royals 7th at the Mendota: Hinckley-Big Rock took seventh place at Saturday's Don Gooden Invitational. The Royals' Billy Weissinger won the high jump with a mark of 6-3, while Christian Johnsen took first in the long jump (19-7). Michael Bayler had a third-place finish in the triple jump (39-8), and Mack Carls was third in the discus at 133-9.
H-BR's 1600-meter realay of Bayler, Johnsen, Weissinger and Jared Madden took third at 3:45.85.
Brown has record-setting day at Holmes Invite: DeKalb senior Jasmine Brown finished with a mark of 37-08.25 in the pole vault at the Holmes Invitational, which set a meet record.
The Barbs took second as a team with a score of 103.50. Kaneland was first at 126.50 and Sycamore took sixth with 60 points.
Brown added another first-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 17-02.25, while teammate Kelsey Schrader was first in the 1600-meter run (5:27.06) and 3200-meter run (11:45.74). The Barbs' team of Kara Alvarez, Stephanie Milroy, Courtney Patrick and Diaja Robinson won the 800-meter relay at 1:54.54.
Sycamore's Sarah Grant took first in the shot put (32-07.50).
Kaneland's Elle Tattoni won the discus (101-04) and Lauren Zick tok first in the 400-meter dash (0:59.80). The Knights also had wins in the 400 and 3200-meter relays.
Clark with two top-five finishes for H-BR: Hinckley-Big Rock's Kristen Clark finished fourth in the 800-meter run at the Don Gooden Invitational in Mendota, coming in with a mark of 2:43.93. She was fifth in the 1600 (6:22.25).
Kramer leads G-K to 5th-place finish: Genoa-Kingston's Brianna Kramer took second in both the 100-meter hurdles (17.46) and 300-meter hurdles (53.55) for the Cogs at the Gebhardt-Worley Invite. G-K took fifth as a team with 30 points.
• Brandon LaChance contributed to this report