SYCAMORE – Lexi Roach hit a two-run double and Allyson O’Herron bashed a two-run home run on Thursday as the Kaneland softball team rallied past Sycamore for a 6-4 win.
The Knights trailed 3-2 entering the top of the seventh before scoring four runs in the inning. The win clinched at least a share of the Northern Illinois Big 12 East title for the Knights (16-3, 8-1), who have only one conference game left against DeKalb.
The Knights overcame an early 3-0 deficit.
“It was definitely an emotional roller coaster, with how bad we played at the beginning,” Kaneland coach Brian Willis said. “I thought Sycamore played well, and then it was kind of like we flipped a switch, but that’s not really the way I want to play.”
O’Herron went 3 for 4 with four RBIs. The home run was the first of her career. Anissa Becker pitched three innings of one-run relief to earn the win.
Morris 12, Kaneland 4: At Maple Park, Curtis Thorson drove in a pair of runs for Kaneland, but the Knights (10-14, 7-8 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) saw the game slip out of reach when the Redskins scored seven runs in the top of the seventh.
Burlington Central 8, Rockford Christian 2: At Rockford, Bryan Cynova drove in three runs and Blake Alexander homered and drove in two runs as Central (11-8, 10-2 Big Northern Conference East) clinched the conference title outright.
St. Francis 2, Wheaton Academy 1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-22): At Wheaton, Greg Churney and Jeff Jendryk had 10 kills apiece for the Spartans (25-8) while Robert Smith dished 25 assists.
Pat Flood (six kills, 10 service points) and Josef Santos (10 digs, nine service points) also contributed for the Spartans, who claimed the Wheaton Cup with the win.
“It was a good tuneup for us,” St. Francis coach Mike Lynch said. “We have Providence and then the No. 1 seed in our sectional, Lyons Township, next week, so this was a great tuneup for us before those last two regular season games and then the playoffs.”
Metea Valley 2, St. Charles East 1 (24-26, 25-16, 26-24): At Aurora, St. Charles East (15-17) dropped the UEC crossover in three games.
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Neuqua Valley Sectional: St. Charles North was eliminated by Naperville North in a sectional quarterfinal, 17-6. Kyle Gannon and Nick Kowaleski had two goals each for the North Stars.
St. Charles East also dropped a sectional quarterfinal, 12-4, to Naperville Central. Mitchell Phelps (three goals) led the Saints.
Geneva 4, Glenbard South 0: At Geneva, all three Geneva seniors (Amanda Lulek, Molly Axen, Sam Billek) scored on the Vikings’ senior night. Mary Landry also scored for the Vikings (12-8-1), who have outscored opponents 31-0 during their past six matches.
St. Francis 1, Wheaton Academy 0: At Glenbard South in Glen Ellyn, Kaity Bucaro scored the lone goal off a Taylor Bucaro assist to keep the Spartans unbeaten in Suburban Christian Conference play leading up to Saturday's battle for first place against Rosary.
Pair of Saints commit: St. Charles East boys soccer players T.C. Hull and Jake Sterling each made college commitments Thursday.
Hull, the reigning Kane County Chronicle Boys Soccer Player of the Year, selected Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, picking SIU-E over offers from Michigan State, Loyola, Northern Illinois and Butler. Hull, a forward, scored 31 goals as a junior but is expected to miss his senior season after recently tearing his right ACL in a club game. For more on Hull’s eventful last couple weeks, check out Saturday’s Kane County Chronicle.
Sterling, a junior defender, committed to Spring Arbor University, an NAIA program located in Spring Arbor, Mich.