MAPLE PARK – Effective pitching and timely hitting again produced a Northern Illinois Big 12 East victory for the Kaneland baseball team.
The Knights blanked Yorkville, 2-0, Monday behind a combined two-hitter from Anthony Holubecki and Nick Stahl, while Joey Panico and Ty Carlson drove in runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“Anthony pitched his butt off there and we had a couple nice hits,” Knights coach Brian Aversa said. “I’m really happy with the way we produced there when we needed it.”
Holubecki scattered two hits, two walks and nine strikeouts in six-plus innings. After the first two Foxes reached base to open the seventh, Stahl retired the next three hitters to earn his fourth save.
Sean Dunphy was 2 for 2 for Kaneland.
The Knights (11-4, 4-0 NI Big 12 East) are set to visit Yorkville at 4:30 p.m. today.
Aurora Central Catholic 2, Chicago Christian 1 (10 inn.): At Aurora, Michael Fidler drove in Matt Rahn with the game-winning run as ACC (13-9) picked up the Suburban Christian Conference win. Andrew Bruss earned the pitching win with four innings of relief in support of Fidler.
Streamwood 11, Batavia 10 (8 inn.): At Batavia, the Bulldogs dropped the UEC River contest despite three hits apiece from Toni Galas and Ashley McNamara. Christina Karius added two hits and two RBIs for the Bulldogs, who scored seven runs to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.
St. Francis 16, Aurora Christian 0: At Aurora, St. Francis cruised in SCC play.
Batavia 4, Marmion 3: At Batavia, another strong doubles effort from Batavia helped the Bulldogs hand Marmion a rare dual meet defeat.
St. Francis def. Joliet Catholic, 2-0 (25-16, 25-11): At Joliet, Joe Denny (eight kills), Grant Garvey (six kills) and Robert Smith (24 assists) helped lift St. Francis (21-3) to the nonconference win.