Rally propels Cougars to split against Peoria
PEORIA – The Cougars rebounded from a skittish offensive performance in the opener of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Peoria, scoring four unanswered runs to win the nightcap, 4-3.
Chiefs right-hander Alex Reyes limited the Cougars to two hits en route to a 2-1 win in the opener, a Jordan Hankins double and a Ben Carhart single. In Game 2, Cougars left fielder Trey Martin robbed the Chiefs’ Carson Kelly of a solo homer to end the sixth. Kane County kept pushing after that, with Jake Hannemann scoring on a game-tying throwing error after leading off the top of the seventh with a double. Hankins’ sacrifice fly scored Carlos Penalver with the go-ahead run.
Rehabbing outfielder Ryan Sweeney of the parent Cubs, out since May 2 with a hamstring injury, went 0 for 3 with a strikeout in Game 1. The Cougars (44-22) will conclude their series with the Chiefs at 7 p.m. today.
Luchtenburg, Rae advance in amateur
BLOOMINGTON – Recent Geneva graduate Abby Luchtenburg and St. Charles East product Nicole Rae both won twice in match play Wednesday to advance to today’s IWGA state women’s amateur quarterfinals at Crestwicke Country Club. Luchtenberg will face Lexi Harkins of Crystal Lake at 8 a.m., with Rae, an Iowa athlete, opposing Madelynn Swank of Clarendon Hills at 8:08 a.m.
– Kane County Chronicle