MAPLE PARK – Kaneland junior Nick Stratman completed the Knights baseball team’s three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday with a two-run home run as the Knights earned a Northern Illinois Big 12 East win against Sycamore, 3-2.
All three runs came after two outs as Joe Panico walked and Ty Carlson notched an RBI double to the left that was almost caught. That set up Stratman’s homer, his first and the team’s second on the season.
“Stratman just did an awesome job taking an outside fastball over the right field fence,” Kaneland coach Brian Aversa said. “He just crushed it.”
Nathan Hopkins (4-1) pitched six innings to get the win and fellow senior Nick Stahl worked a 1-2-3 top of the seventh for Kaneland, which had dropped Monday’s series opener, 1-0.
“We were kind of thinking ‘Oh man, not again,’ ” Aversa said of his team’s sluggish offense. “A great pitching performance and we just can’t get anything going at the plate, then that little spark with the walk … it was nice to see us finally get that break we needed to kind of open the floodgates a little bit and take the lead there.”
Batavia 5, Elgin 0: At Elgin, Jacob Piechota threw five innings of no-hit ball and Laren Eustace had two hits and two RBIs for Batavia (16-3-1, 11-2-1 UEC River).
Nick Rogalski kept Elgin scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings.
Geneva 8, Larkin 4: At Geneva, Nick Derr homered and drove in three runs and Nick Porretto went 3 for 3 with two doubles as Geneva (15-7, 11-6 UEC River) built an 8-0 lead and hung on.
Montini 7, Marmion 2: At Lombard, Montini scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to hand Marmion (11-6, 10-1 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) its first conference loss. Zach Siewiec had two hits and Edgar Sanchez hit a solo home run for the Cadets.
Burlington Central 7, Richmond-Burton 3: At Burlington, Danny Gerke (6-0) threw six strong innings and hit a two-run home run as Central (13-7 overall, 7-1 Big Northern East) grabbed a one-game conference lead over R-B in the division.
Aurora Central Catholic 7, Walther Christian 1: At Aurora, Patrick Canning pitched the complete game, allowing no earned runs, and Michael Fidler drove in two for ACC (15-10).
St. Charles North 11, Elgin 3: At Elgin, Sabrina Rabin and Kaitlyn Waslawski drove in three runs apiece and Rabin and Allison Hausl each had three hits to lead North (14-6, 10-2 UEC River).
Wheaton Academy 21, Aurora Christian 0: At Aurora, Wheaton Academy (10-7, 6-4 SCC Gold) scored 19 of its runs in the first two innings to trigger a rout.
Rosary 23, IMSA 2 (5 inn.): At Aurora, Sam Phelps drove in five runs, Lauren Murray and Jessica Wade drove in four runs each and winning pitcher Sarah Willman also added four hits and three RBIs as Rosary (6-12) pounded IMSA.
St. Francis 1, Chicago Christian 0: At Wheaton, St. Francis edged Chicago Christian in SCC action.
St. Charles East 9, Larkin 0: At St. Charles, East (12-3-3, 4-0-1 UEC River) rolled on senior night behind nine different goal scorers. East coach Paul Jennison said Darcy Cunningham supplied a nifty, back-heel finish off a Julia Peterson cross.
St. Charles North 2, Plainfield North 2: At Plainfield, Sophie Pohl scored an unassisted goal and Hanna Durocher scored off a Danielle Noverini assist as North (13-3-2) tied in nonconference play.
Geneva 6, Elgin 0: At Elgin, Michaela Loebel scored three goals and Megan Fitz, Annie Waldoch and Quincy Swanson also scored as Geneva (10-4-2, 3-1 UEC River) rolled in conference play.
Kaneland 5, Rochelle 0: At Rochelle, freshman Holly Collingbourne scored three goals and Brittany Olson and Heather Ortiz also scored while Courtney Diddell added two assists for Kaneland (11-1-1, 6-0-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East).
St. Charles East 2, Geneva 0 (25-14, 25-23): At St. Charles, East prevailed in UEC River action. David Franz had 13 assists for the Vikings.
St. Charles North 2, Larkin 0 (25-15, 25-19): At St. Charles, Drew Lanz notched 13 digs and Jeff Rollins led North (12-13, 3-0 UEC River) with seven kills.
St. Charles East 6, Geneva 1: At St. Charles, Jasper Koenen (6-1, 6-0 winner over Nick Huang) earned his 99th career win at No. 1 singles as East rolled to the UEC River win. Geneva’s lone win came at No. 1 doubles (Ryan Doeckel and John Potts).
St. Charles North 7, Elgin 0: At St. Charles, North won all seven matches in straight sets, including 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 3 doubles (Brady Goldsworth and Peter O’Brien) and No. 4 doubles (Trevor Kurtzhals and Luke Dunteman).
Batavia 7, Streamwood 0: At Streamwood, Batavia (17-3, 3-1 UEC River) got a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles from James Carr as the Bulldogs dominated the Sabres.
Kaneland wins triangular: At Aurora, Kaneland (111 points) steamrolled host Marmion (36) and Aurora Central Catholic (33). Kaneland’s Ben Barnes won the triple jump (39-8 3/4) and long jump (20-11 1/2).
St. Charles North 16, Conant 9: Judson Huxtable scored six goals to pace victorious North.