MAPLE PARK – Kaneland senior Dan Miller hit a walk-off, tie-breaking single in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader to help Kaneland split a Northern Illinois Big 12 East doubleheader with DeKalb.
After Kaneland senior right fielder Tyler Bellock doubled to lead off the inning, the Barbs retired two batters before Miller's game-ending hit.
"He just drove a single right back up the middle to the center fielder, and there wasn't even a play at the plate," Kaneland coach Brian Aversa said. "It was a nice little walk-off for him and for the team."
The first game was a resumption of a weather-suspended game from April 16.
In Game 2, the Knights' John Hopkins took the loss in his first outing of the season. Knights catcher Josh Cohrs had two hits in both games of the doubleheader.
Kaneland is now 7-9 overall, 4-3 in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play.
St. Charles North 6-9, Streamwood 1-1: At St. Charles, North got strong pitching performances from Sawyer Chambers and Jack Dennis as the North Stars regrouped from a 19-1 loss to Geneva the day before for a doubleheader sweep. Riley Coomes and Cory Wright drove in two runs apiece for North (11-9, 7-5 UEC River) in Game 1.
Aurora Christian 2-2, Marian Central 0-7: At Woodstock, Aurora Christian won the first game of its SCC doubleheader behind a complete game, 13-strikeout outing from J.T. Baksha.
St. Charles East wins home invitational: St. Charles East racked up three more wins, defeating St. Ignatius, Machesney Park Harlem and Hoffman Estates to finish the invitational 5-0 and extend its winning streak to 15 games. The Saints (18-3) beat Hoffman Estates, 5-3, after Katie Kolb's grand slam erased a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the third.
Kaneland 8-10, Geneseo 3-13: At Maple Park, Kaneland split the Northern Illinois Big 12 crossover doubleheader. Ellissa Eckert was the winning pitcher in Game 1. The Knights (12-3) rallied to send the second game into extra innings but Geneseo scored five runs in the top of the ninth before Kaneland mustered two in the bottom half. Geneseo hit seven home runs on the day while Kaneland hit none.
Fenton 10, Wheaton Academy 9: At West Chicago, Marissa Gagliano had three hits and Gina Graff, Sarah McClain and Jessica Bosse had two hits apiece as Wheaton Academy (2-8) fell short in a late rally attempt.
Tournament of Champions: At Burlington, Iowa, St. Charles North fell to Ankeny (Iowa) in the championship match of the tournament, 1-0. North (14-2) played without three injured starters: Alex Gage, Natalie Winkates and Kenzie Rose. North coach Ruth Vostal hopes to have all of them back in the near future.
Earlier in the day, North won its second match of the two-day tournament, defeating Visitation Academy (Mo.), 2-1. Hanna Durocher and Kelly Manski scored for North while Manski and Sophie Pohl had assists.
Batavia was also in the tournament, participating in a lower bracket. The Bulldogs went 2-1 on the weekend, including a 4-3, double overtime loss to Dowling Catholic (Iowa) in the championship match of its bracket. Grace Andrews scored two goals and Brittany Wahlen also tallied for the Bulldogs (8-3-3) in the title game.
Andrews also scored in a 4-1 win against Belleville East, a match in which Alexis Bryl scored twice and Anna Zeyen also tallied.
Rosary Invitational: Host Rosary lost to Willows Academy in penalty kicks in the championship round. Plainfield South beat Willows Academy for the tournament title.
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St. Charles North Tournament: The host North Stars won the tournament for its first tournament title in program history. North (15-11-1) defeated Bremen, Hersey and Whitney Young on the day, and was led by Kyle Gannon (eight goals, six steals) and Nick Traxler (seven goals, six steals).
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Barrington 11, St. Charles North 10: At Barrington, St. Charles North (19-7) fell despite three goals apiece for Nicole Guyett and Maddie Jones.