DeKALB – Considering the 16-run loss on Monday, it was a much more competitive game up until the top of the sixth inning when the Yorkville Foxes scored seven runs and reached the run-rule again in a 17-7 win.
At the end of the fifth inning, in spite of having walked six batters and hitting three others, the Barbs (6-10 overall, 0-5 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) trailed, 10-7. Yorkville managed to score at least two runs in four of the first five innings and DeKalb relief pitcher Max Lange seemed to be settling in.
The sixth inning, however, was incredibly productive for the Foxes. Yorkville (15-2, 4-1) began the inning with two popouts that left fielder Charles Roberts tracked down and caught for the first two outs of the inning. DeKalb would not record another out until eight batters later. While Lange walked two batters in the inning, the Barbs defense also committed two errors during the inning, allowing runners to score. The inning was capped by the Foxes on the two-run homer hit by Ty Liaromatis.
Other Foxes adding to the offensive production included Zach Haddox, who went 3 for 5 with three RBIs, and Lucas Farren, who made it on base all five at bats, walking each time and added a stolen base.
“We were missing our spots,” coach Dedric Wright said. “We hit a lot of batters. We walked a lot of batters. We just didn’t get it done in the field today.”
Offensively, the Barbs kept pace with Yorkville for most of the game. They fell behind, 3-0, in the first inning. In the second inning both teams scored two runs. Headed in the bottom of the fifth, Yorkville led 10-3 but the Barbs came roaring back putting together four runs.
Bryce Wheeler started off the fifth with a double. Matthew Searls followed it up with a bunt down the third baseline for a single and Lange hit a double to get two runs in. Ian Panke grounded out to drive home a run as well. Finally, Roberts hit a single to score Lange.
Roberts finished 3 for 3 for the Barbs with an RBI while Derek Kyler also had a strong hitting performance, going 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Barbs hope to bounce back from Tuesday’s 17-7 loss as they continue their three-game series against Yorkville at 4:30 p.m.