DeKALB – The DeKalb baseball team swept a doubleheader over Rockford east on Saturday.
The Barbs topped the E-Rabs 6-4 in Game 1, and earned a 9-5 win in the second game. Game 2 was highlighted by DeKalb's six-run fifth inning.
The Barbs (3-1) and E-Rabs were tied at 2-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning of the second game, when Rockford East relief pitcher Davin Marcomb came into the game. From there, things starting going the Barbs’ way. Jared Johnson got his third RBI of the contest on his second double to give DeKalb a one-run lead.
Then in the fifth, DeKalb started off the inning with back-to-back homers – the first from junior baseman Logan Haring and the second from junior baseman Jake Kuykendall. The Barbs got two more hits off Marcomb before he was pulled.
DeKalb still wasn't done with its hot hitting, when the Barbs batted in three more runs off a double from junior outfielder Noah Baert and triple from junior outfielder Dylan Farrell. Add on a stolen base from an overthrown pass to home plate, which made six runs scored in the fifth.
“Our one through nine hitters just hit good, everyone got a pitch to hit and we just hit good”, Kuykendall said.
The first home run hit by Haring was obviously a start that made the rest of the lineup some momentum.
“It was a little bit of momentum carried on from the inning before, and hitting gets contagious," DeKalb coach Jake Howells said. "When hitters make it look easy, the next guy comes up with a sense of calmness to them. It was good to see, I think we’re a team that takes advantage of counts and pitchers that aren’t on their game."
The E-Rabs tried making a comeback in the sixth, where they scored three runs to put the game at 9-5. It wasn’t enough as Rockford East failed to score in the seventh inning and the Barbs earned the sweep.
“Just felt it was a nice beautiful day out to play baseball," Johnson said. "Just looking forward to playing baseball."
Although it's early in the season for the Barbs, the team feels these wins are important in building the right team for the push they want to make towards the end of the year.
"What we’re showing ourselves in the beginning of the year is everything we talked about in the offseason – the team we that [thought] we could be," Howells said. "But we’re starting see some of those things come in fruition."