While the result wasn't what they wanted, the Cougars left Monday's 11-8 loss to Dayton feeling good about their resiliency.
The Dragons, led, 11-1, entering the bottom of the fifth. In the bottom of the ninth, the Cougars batted with the tying run aboard with two outs.
"That's one thing we've been preaching. When we got down, 11-1, it was take one at-bat at a time," right fielder Bijan Rademacher said. "Maybe string a couple things, see what happens. There was a lot of ballgame."
Kane County, 14-14, saw its six-game winning streak end. After an off-day Tuesday, the club is set to begin a six-game trip to Burlington and Clinton Wednesday. The Cougars should hit the road feeling strong about a turnaround that included wins in seven of nine games before Monday's late push.
"You've got to give the kids credit," hitting coach Tom Beyers said. "Games like that, it's real easy to lose your focus when you get a big lead early like that, that you have to bounce back."
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