MAPLE PARK – Curtis Thorson pitched into the seventh inning, Joe Komel delivered a clutch hit and Tyler Carlson proved the final bit of defense.
On Thursday, balance added up to a victory for the Kaneland baseball team, which defeated Northern Illinois Big 12 East rival Sycamore, 4-2.
“Good defense today, good pitching, good hitting,” Knights coach Brian Aversa said. “We’re happy with our effort and the result.”
Thorson earned the victory by spacing four hits, seven strikeouts and one walk in 61/3 innings. Kaneland (9-11, 6-5 NI Big 12 East) trailed, 2-0, entering the bottom of the fourth before a three-run rally.
Komel’s go-ahead, two-run double with two outs and two strikes punctuated the outburst. Carlson and Josh Cohrs both had two hits and an RBI.
Komel earned his second save, entering with the go-ahead run at the plate and one out in the seventh. He retired the first Spartan he faced before Carlson smothered a sharp grounder on the final play.
“He wore it right on his chest, picked it up and ran over to third base to end the game,” Aversa said.
Batavia 6, Elgin 0: At Batavia, Jacob Piechota pitched a four-hit shutout and Luke Horton went 2 for 2 with a double, triple and two RBIs for the Bulldogs (17-4, 11-4 Upstate Eight Conference River Division).
Geneva 3, Larkin 0: At Elgin, Garrett Davis struck out five in a six-hit shutout. Dan Berendt doubled twice for Geneva (13-10, 10-8 UEC River).
St. Charles North 17, Larkin 1 (5 inn.): At Elgin, Abby Howlett went 4 for 4 with two RBIs for North (13-4, 9-2 UEC River). Delaney Olinger drove in three runs.
Montini 8, Rosary 2: At Lombard, Cara Smoczynski and Lauren Murray homered for Rosary (8-10, 5-5 Suburban Christian Conference Blue).
St. Francis 5, Immaculate Conception 0 (6 inn.): At Wheaton, Alyssa Fernandez and Ali Dittrich hit home runs for St. Francis in the SCC win.
Burlington Central 5, Richmond-Burton 3: At Burlington, Emily Kisch went the distance for BC (17-1, 9-0 BNC East), striking out seven. Courtni Neubauer had three hits and two RBIs.
Kaneland 7, Yorkville 0: At Maple Park, Kiandra Powell tallied a hat trick in the first half, helping Kaneland (9-4-2, 6-1-1 NI Big 12 East) build a 6-0 lead by intermission. Courtney Diddell contributed two goals and an assist.
Richmond-Burton 1, Burlington Central 0: At Richmond, R-B forward Amanda Hoglund delivered the lone goal of the match with 32:38 remaining in the second half, handing Central its first league loss of the season.
“It’s always a battle, it’s always a war,” R-B coach Chris Wagner said. “They’re a good team and it’s fun and its competition that we need.”
The officials spotted lightning with 9:18 remaining. The delay lasted more than an hour and just as the match was about to resume, the officials spotted more lighting. Burlington Central didn’t want to stick around as rain started to fall and ended the game.
With the win, R-B took sole possession of the BNC East lead.
Marmion 4, Marian Central 1: At Woodstock, Marmion (11-0, 6-0 SCC) swept doubles play. David Demoll and Josh Zwolski scored a win at the No. 3 slot.
St. Francis 5, Aurora Central Catholic 0: At Wheaton, St. Francis yielded a combined nine games in the SCC shutout. Chris Chacko won, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
Geneva 2, South Elgin 1 (15-25, 25-16, 25-18): At Geneva, the Vikings rallied for a senior night win. Dominic Bondi ended the match with a solo stuff block.
St. Francis 2, Oak Park-River Forest 0 (25-19, 25-13): At Oak Park, Greg Churney and Patrick Flood both smacked seven kills for 23-7 St. Francis. Jeff Jendryk added six kills and nine blocks.
• Shaw Media’s Patrick Mason contributed to this report.