PLANO – The Kaneland baseball team wasted little time in jumping on Aurora Central Catholic during Friday’s Class 3A Plano Regional semifinal.
The Knights scored four times in the first inning without hitting the ball out of the infield and cruised to a 12-0 victory over ACC.
Anthony Holubecki and Nick Henne combined to no-hit the Chargers.
“It feels great,” Holubecki said. “We really just had to be patient and didn’t have to work much there in the [bottom of the] first inning and we got paid anyway. That was a great feeling to start.”
A couple of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with Knights in the first inning. Dan Hammermeister drove in the first run with a groundout.
The Knights added two runs on an error by Aurora Central starting pitcher Anthony Bruss and then another on a double steal.
Kaneland wouldn’t need any more runs as Holubecki was able to silence the bats of the Chargers during his four innings on the hill.
“When you limit their chances, it takes care of a lot of things,” Knights coach Brian Aversa said. “Any time you have a pitcher striking out a bunch, the defense doesn’t have to make a lot of plays, which is awesome.”
The Knights broke the game open in the bottom of the third, scoring five times to take a 10-0 lead. Ty Carlson and Nick Stratman delivered run-scoring hits in the inning.
ACC (19-16) couldn’t do much against Holubecki. The Chargers didn’t fare any better against Henne in the top of the fifth.
“They outplayed us and they’re a good team,” Chargers coach Sean Bieterman said. “Their kid is a heck of a pitcher and they seemed to really rally behind him.”
Despite the loss, the Chargers had plenty to be pleased with this spring.
“This group of seniors has won 46 games the last two years,” Bieterman said. “If you know anything about where this program has been before, that’s a huge accomplishment.”
The Knights (16-15) have a quick turnaround, as they’ll face St. Francis at 10 a.m. today for the regional title. The Kaneland-ACC game was pushed from Thursday to Friday to accommodate ACC’s Thursday graduation.
“We’ve only won one [regional championship] in school history,” Holubecki said. “That was 2011 and they took it all the way to the state championship. Anything can happen.”