MORRIS – Kaneland and Morris both erupted for big innings in Thursday’s Northern Illinois Big 12 East softball game.
The Knights were the only team, however, to exhale with a win.
Kaneland held on for an 8-6 victory after the Redskins scored each of their runs in the bottom of the sixth.
“It got tense at the end,” Knights coach Brian Willis said. “The rain and the cold, we kind of let them back into it. A couple base hits and walks and we threw in a couple errors, and there they were.”
Kaneland (10-9, 2-2 NI Big 12 East) created early breathing room and eventually led, 8-0. Lanie Callaghan opened the scoring in a five-run fifth with a two-run single before Hayley Contorno punctuated the rally with a three-run homer.
Morris notched a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to bring the potential tying run to the plate, but winner Angie Morrow escaped further trouble, ending the game with a strikeout.
“We just had a bad inning, and we seem to have those every now and again,” Willis said. “We’ll play a good five or six innings and then we’ll throw a stinker out there. But the conditions were tough. … I can’t imagine playing out there.”
Yorkville 11, Kaneland 1 (5 inn.): At Maple Park, Ty Carlson drove in Kaneland’s lone run with a fourth-inning double, while Nick Stratman also doubled for the team’s only other hit. The Knights fell to 11-6 (7-2 NI Big 12 East).
Kaneland 4, Morris 0: At Maple Park, Kiandra Powell had a natural hat trick before Delaney Stryczek capped the scoring in the conference romp.
Holly Collingbourne had two assists for Kaneland (10-1-1, 5-0-1 NI Big 12 East).
Naperville Invitational – Geneva 1, Rockford Boylan 0: Megan Fitz scored on a feed from Michaela Loebel in the 78th minute to lift Geneva, which played the third game in a stretch of four days.
“Solid win over a solid program,” Vikings coach Megan Owens wrote in an email.
Sam Hauser earned the shutout for 9-4-1 Geneva, making five saves.
Aurora Central Catholic 4, Guerin 0: At Aurora, Jordyn Sundberg’s two first-half goals propelled ACC (8-2-1, 5-2 Suburban Christian Conference). Bry Mandarino recorded the shutout.
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St. Charles North 14, Hoffman Estates 4: At St. Charles, goalkeeper Collin Bawolek backed North’s attack with 13 saves and three steals. John Pretet scored five goals for the 17-6-1 North Stars, while Nick Traxler chipped in three.
North led, 8-1, at halftime.
• Wheaton College senior Stacey Cladis, a Geneva product, has been named to the NCAA Division III Capital One Academic All-District Seven first team. A first baseman/catcher, Cladis carries a 3.53 cumulative grade-point average as a biology major.
• Washington University (St. Louis) sophomore Josh Cogan, a Batavia graduate, and doubles partner John Carswell were among the Bears’ all-University Athletic Association men’s tennis selections. The duo landed on the second team.