SYCAMORE – Matt Limbrunner homered and was the tough-luck loser on the pitching mound Tuesday as the Kaneland baseball team fell to Sycamore, 2-1, in Northern Illinois Big 12 East play.
Limbrunner threw five innings for Kaneland, striking out five. He had to work around four errors, but was able to get out of jams.
“He’s going to scratch and claw and fight, and he’s going to be the last man standing, he’s going to get out of there,” Knights coach Brian Aversa said. “He’s going to do whatever he can to help the team.”
Spartans starting pitcher Scott Nelson shut out Kaneland through the first five innings but sat in the dugout as the Spartans’ offense came up empty. Sycamore was able to break through in the bottom of the fifth, with Mitchell Jordan scoring on an error and Cooper Vinz driving in Nate Haacker on a sacrifice fly.
Limbrunner homered in the sixth inning for Kaneland (7-11, 4-5 NI Big 12 East).
Geneva 12, Larkin 2 (6 inn.): At Elgin, Dan Berendt went 3 for 3 with a double and Brock Chenier and Anthony Bragg each homered for Geneva (11-10, 8-8 UEC River).
Batavia 13, Elgin 0 (5 inn.): At Batavia, Laren Eustace, Robbie Bowman, Andrew Siegler, Danny Ritchason, Matt Musielak and Jeremy Schoessling drove in two runs apiece for Batavia (15-4, 9-4 UEC River).
Richmond-Burton 5, Burlington Central 3: At Burlington, Central (7-7, 6-2 Big Northern East) could not overcome allowing Richmond-Burton three unearned runs in first inning.
Aurora Central Catholic 7, Walther Lutheran 6: At Melrose Park, Michael Fidler pitched 6 1/3 innings to get the win and Matt Miller notched the save for ACC (21-3).
Montini 11, Marmion 1: At Aurora, Marmion fell to Montini for the second time in as many days.
Kaneland 9, Rochelle 0: At Maple Park, Kaneland’s Ellissa Eckert threw a three-hitter and Allyson O’Herron went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for the Knights (13-3, 5-1 NI Big 12 East).
St. Charles North 3, Elgin 0: At St. Charles, Kaitlyn Waslawski went 3 for 3 with all three RBIs for North (11-4, 7-2 UEC River) in support of winning pitcher Sabrina Rabin, who threw a three-hitter.
Burlington Central 2, Richmond-Burton 1: At Richmond, Central’s Lauren King hit the go-ahead double with one out in the top of the seventh and Bekah Harnish went 3 for 4 with a double as Central (16-1, 8-0 BNC East) won its 13th game in a row. Emily Kisch (5-0) pitched a complete game for the visitors.
Chicago Christian 3, Rosary 0: At Palos Heights, Rosary pitcher Cara Smoczynski struck out 10 batters but the Royals (8-8, 5-3 SCC) only managed three hits offensively.
St. Francis 15, Christian Liberty 1: St. Francis romped in the nonconference matchup.
Batavia 4, Streamwood 1: At Streamwood, Shelby Stone, Rachel Reinecke, Karina Rosales and Megan McEachern scored as Batavia (9-3-3, 3-2-1 UEC River) capped its conference schedule with a win.
St. Charles North 0, York 0: At Elmhurst, North goalkeeper Shelby Stitz made three saves to help the North Stars (14-2-1) to the draw.
Geneva 7, Elgin 0: At Geneva, Amanda Lulek scored three goals and Geneva (9-8-1, 2-2-1 UEC River) ripped Elgin.
Kaneland 6, Rochelle 0: At Rochelle, Kiandra Powell scored three goals and Michelle Ortiz added two goals as Kaneland (7-4-2, 5-1-1 NI Big 12 East) rolled.
Rosary 6, Aurora Central Catholic 0: At Aurora, Kaitlin Johnson scored two goals, Haley Kilbride scored and had two assists and Olivia Cozzoni scored and had an assist for host Rosary (12-3-3, 6-0 SCC).
St. Charles North 2, Larkin 0 (25-21, 25-13): At Elgin, Kevin Beach (seven kills), Jonathan Orech (six kills) and Pat Misiewicz (19 assists) helped lead North (20-3, 3-0 UEC River) to the win.
St. Charles East 5, Geneva 2: At Geneva, St. Charles East’s Jasper Koenen sailed, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles and East won three of four doubles matches to take the UEC River dual meet. Nick McCarty won at No. 2 singles for the Vikings and Geneva’s top doubles tandem of Ryan Doeckel and Matt McCarthy also won.
St. Charles North 6, Elgin 1: At Elgin, Dominick Amalraj (No. 1 singles) and Keith Hedges and Grant Spellman (No. 1 doubles) enjoyed straight-set wins for North.
Marmion 5, Wheaton Academy 0: At West Chicago, John King and Dave Demoll earned straight-set singles wins for Marmion.
Kaneland triangular: Kaneland won with 86 points, nipping Yorkville (83) and outpacing Morris (16). The Knights’ Lauren Zick took the 200 meters (26.41 seconds), the 100 (12.38 seconds) and the long jump (18-2).
Yorkville triangular: Kaneland’s 103 points were well ahead of Yorkville (46) and Morris (18).
• Shaw Media’s Steve Nitz contributed to this report.