MAPLE PARK – A three-run, sixth-inning rally sparked the Kaneland baseball team past Rochelle, 6-4, in its Northern Illinois Big 12 East opener on Tuesday.
Kaneland (4-6, 1-0 NI Big 12 East) grabbed a 3-0 lead after two innings but was scuffling until the sixth.
"We finally got some guys on base and started moving some runners around the way we can," Knights coach Brian Aversa said. "I think the guys were waiting for that to happen instead of going out and making it happen, so it was nice to see them go out and take that initiative."
Dan Miller (one RBI) and John Hopkins both went 2 for 3 for Kaneland. Anthony Holubecki was the winning pitcher, throwing two innings of one-walk, one-strikeout relief.
St. Charles East 10, East Aurora 0: At Aurora, Troy Dykhuis (six innings) and Adam Eck (one) combined to strike out 16 of 21 Tomcats in a one-hitter. East improved to 6-4 (4-1 Upstate Eight Conference River Division).
Batavia 12, Metea Valley 1 (5 inn.): At Aurora, Batavia (9-1, 4-1 UEC River) rebounded quickly from Monday's loss to Neuqua Valley. Dino Simoncelli had two hits and two RBIs for the Bulldogs, while Austin Shanahan struck out eight in the abbreviated complete game.
Lake Park 1, St. Charles North 0: At Alexian Field in Schaumburg, North's Ankur Shah pitched six innings of one-run ball but the North Stars (6-5, 2-3 UEC River) were limited to one hit in the loss.
Burlington Central 7, Genoa-Kingston 2: At Genoa, Alex Bell (two hits, two RBIs) and Danny Gerke (10 strikeouts in six innings) lifted Central (4-2, 3-0 BNC East).
Aurora Central Catholic 6, Immaculate Conception 5 (9 inn.): At Aurora, ACC (9-1) prevailed on a two-out, walk-off single from Matt Rahns.
St. Charles East 4, Bartlett 1: At Bartlett, St. Charles East's Haley Beno threw a one-hitter and Kate Peterburs went 3 for 4 with an RBI for the Saints (8-3, 2-2 UEC River).
St. Charles North 10, Metea Valley 2: At Aurora, Abby Howlett's two hits sparked the attack for North (6-3, 3-1 UEC River) in the crossover. North's Sabrina Rabin struck out nine in seven innings.
Neuqua Valley 4, Geneva 2: At Naperville, Maddie Keith kept Geneva (3-4, 1-3 UEC River) close with two hits and two RBIs.
South Elgin 8, Batavia 6: At South Elgin, Batavia was unable to hold a 5-3 lead entering the bottom of the sixth. The Bulldogs' Katie Ryan and Selena Kweder homered.
Burlington Central 6, Genoa-Kingston 5 (9 inn.): At Burlington, Central trailed, 5-0, entering the bottom of the sixth before rallying for a conference win. Pinch-hitter Rebecca Roscher tripled home the tying run in a five-run sixth and scored the winning run on a Bekah Harnish RBI in the ninth. Central improved to 10-1 (3-0 BNC East).
Aurora Central Catholic 14, IMSA 2: At Aurora, ACC dominated the nonconference game.
Kaneland 2, Morris 0: At Morris, Brittany Olson tallied both goals for Kaneland (1-2-1, 1-1 NI Big 12 East). Freshmen Kiandra Powell and Gabby Cano contributed assists.
St. Charles East 9, Elgin 0: At Elgin, East (8-1-1, 3-0) dominated Elgin from the get-go in UEC River play.
Rosary 8, Chicago Christian 0: At Palos Heights, Olivia Cozzoni, Quincy Kellett, Haley Kilbride and Taylor Gibson each had a goal and an assist as the Royals (4-1-2, 2-0 SCC) rolled.
St. Francis 8, Montini 0: At Lombard, Andrea Ravlin scored three goals as St. Francis (7-0, 2-0 SCC) blistered Montini.
Kaneland takes triangular: At Sycamore, Kaneland (111 points) blitzed Sycamore and Hiawatha with the help of such event winners as Brandon Bishop (200 meters) and Nathaniel Kucera (1,600).
ACC wins Marmion quad: At Aurora, ACC (116 points) topped Marmion (89) in a field that also included Riverside-Brookfield and Montini.
Sycamore 73, Kaneland 63: At Sycamore, Kaneland stayed close in the dual behind a long jump victory from Lauren Zick.
Batavia 7, Larkin 0: At Batavia, Batavia (6-2, 2-0 UEC River) yielded a combined eight games in the five contested matches. Adam Sterling was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 1 singles.
St. Charles East 7, Streamwood 0: At St. Charles, East cruised to a UEC River win.
Wheaton Academy 5, Chicago Christian 0: At Palos Heights, Wheaton Academy singles players Alex Renn and Chris Jones scored separate 6-0, 6-0 victories.
South Elgin 2, St. Charles East 1 (26-21, 20-25, 25-19): At South Elgin, East was unable to prevail in a tight match.
St. Charles North 2, Bartlett 0 (25-13, 25-16): At Bartlett, Jonathan Orech (10 kills) and Ryan Dal Degan (17 digs) helped North improve to 11-1.
Geneva 2, Neuqua Valley 0 (25-23, 25-21): At Geneva, Mason Stierwalt smacked 10 kills for Geneva (12-4), while Nathan Jesko had 22 assists.