MAPLE PARK – One bad inning was the difference in the Kaneland softball team’s contest against Marengo on Friday afternoon.
Errors and walks were a major issue for the Knights as Marengo scored four runs in the top of the third inning without a hit, and eventually squeezed out a 7-4 victory.
“Any time you give a team five or six outs in an inning, you are going to pay for it most of the time. We paid for it today,” Kaneland coach Brian Willis said. “There were six runs that were unearned and we should have been able to cut those off at the plate.”
All four runs were assigned to Kaneland starting pitcher Courtney Davis.
She walked three batters in the inning before being replaced with the bases loaded and one run already in.
Anissa Becker relieved Davis.
The first batter Becker faced hit a ground ball to Morgan Weber. The ball got by the second baseman, and two more runs scored. Weber made up for the error in the bottom of the fourth. Her two-run home run with one out capped a four-run rally to tie the score.
The Knights mustered five hits on the afternoon. Paige Kuefler went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored. Meg Cohrs finished with a double and an RBI.
St. Charles East 18, Metea Valley 12 (8 inn.): At Aurora, East (7-2, 3-0 UEC River) scored four runs to tie the game in the top of the seventh before pulling away with six in the eighth to win the conference crossover. The Saints’ 2 through 5 hitters – Olivia Cheatham, Kate Peterburs, Sarah Collalti and Alex Latoria – each had four hits as part of the Saints’ 27-hit attack.
Burlington Central 9, Barrington 8: At Barrington, Central survived a six-run rally by Barrington in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kelly Wiater (four RBIs) and Emily Kisch each homered for the Rockets.
West Aurora 8, Geneva 3: At Aurora, Madison Keith homered and drove in two runs and Molly Wrenn went 4-for-4 but Geneva (4-2) was done in by a six-run bottom of the fifth for West Aurora.
Montini 10, Rosary 2: At Lombard, Lauren Murray and Sarah Willman had two hits each but Rosary (1-7, 1-2 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) couldn’t keep up with Montini.
St. Charles East 4, Bartlett 2: At St. Charles, Ben Smith drove in all four St. Charles East runs, included a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth inning, to lift East (5-2, 2-1 UEC River) in the conference crossover. Austin Regelbrugge pitched 5⅓ innings and reliever Jake Milosch finished off the Hawks.
Geneva 13, West Chicago 7: At Geneva, Jack Wassel went 3 for 4 and Nick Derr and Nick Porretto drove in two runs apiece as the Vikings (6-0, 3-0 UEC River) notched 15 hits in the conference crossover.
Batavia 19, East Aurora 1 (5 inn.): At Batavia, Jacob Piechota and Eric Huizenga both tripled as part of the offensive outburst for Batavia (6-1, 2-0 UEC River).
IC Catholic 2, Aurora Central Catholic 1: At Elmhurst, Jordyn Sundberg scored off a penalty kick but ACC (3-1-1, 1-1 Suburban Christian Conference) couldn’t overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit.
Marian Catholic Tournament: St. Charles North (4-6) beat Homewood-Flossmoor but fell to Notre Dame on the first day of the tournament. North’s Brendan Donlevy notched eight kills.
St. Charles North 5, Normal West 0: At Normal, Keith Hedges and Mitch Riggs won, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1 doubles to pace the North Stars (4-0).
•áTravis Zuellig contributed to this report.