ROCHELLE – The no-hitter credited to Colan Treml may have been open to debate, but his third win of the postseason was not.
A solo home run to left field from junior center fielder Brett Weaver was all the offense Sycamore needed Wednesday afternoon. Treml’s no-no led the way for the Spartans in a 1-0 win over Kaneland (18-16) in the Class 3A Rochelle Sectional semifinals.
The junior right-hander has yet to give up a run in the postseason, and he’s a huge reason why Sycamore (25-12) will be playing in Saturday’s sectional final against either Rockford Boylan or Rochelle, who face off in the other semifinal Thursday at
"Eighteen scoreless innings in the postseason. That’s insane,” Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh said. “When they were swinging at curveballs they were down, when they were taking them they were right there in the strike zone, and that makes any pitcher tough to hit.”
Both Treml and Kaneland sophomore Anthony Holubecki held no-hitters through four innings, but there was plenty of action on the bases. Sycamore had an error in each of the first three innings, the second one on a slow bouncer by Joe Panico in which shortstop Michael Swanberg was thrown off by third baseman Mark Skelley diving in front of him and bobbled the ball.
The official box score gave Swanberg the error, keeping Treml’s no-hit bid alive.
Shortly afterward, the Spartans loaded up the bases against Holubecki in the third, but he coolly struck out Sycamore No. 3 hitter Nate Haacker to keep the shutout alive. One more scoreless inning later, Weaver stepped up to the plate in the fifth and promptly ended Holubeck's no-hit bid.
“I got up in the count 1-0, and I got a good fastball to hit, and I hit it out of the park,” Weaver said. “He’s a good pitcher. He got me in the first at-bat, so I was looking in the second at-bat to get back at him, and I got ahold of one.”
In the bottom of the sixth, Sycamore put runners on second and third with a double from senior first baseman Cooper Vinz, and that was the end of Holubecki’s day. Reliever Nick Henne came in and got out of the jam.
It was up to the Kaneland offense to get the run back, but the Knights couldn’t produce against Treml, who had 10 strikeouts on the day. Kaneland went went three up, three down through the last three innings, and a Nate Hopkins' slow grounder wrapped it up.
Kaneland coach Brian Aversa said the scouting report was to go after Treml’s first pitch, when he likes to throw his fastball, but even that was unhittable on Wednesday.
“I’ve just been trying to throw strikes, first-pitch strikes, and throw my curveball for a strike,” Treml said, “and I’ve just been, I don’t know, spot-on.”