MAPLE PARK – With such evenly matched teams, it was going to be a close battle when Sycamore and Kaneland played one another in Maple Park on Monday night. The Knights edged out a 3-2 victory in eight innings on their home field.
Kaneland is now 21-6 overall and 5-2 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference. The Spartans are 20-5-1 overall and 6-3-1 in conference.
The game went into extra innings tied 2-2. Two sisters produced the winning run for Kaneland. Rose Roach came home on her sister Hailey Roach’s bunt at the top of the eighth inning – Kaneland was the road team after the game was moved to Maple Park – to go ahead, 3-2.
“For Rose and her sister Hailey with that squeeze at the end of the day was big for us,” Kaneland coach Mike Kuefler said. “I called Hailey down and talked to her and told her that the first strike was going to be hers, and then I thought different, and we’re going to put this thing down and see what we can do. She did a good job of getting it done.”
Sycamore pitcher Faith Reynolds went the distance in the loss.
For the Knights, it was a game of two strong pitchers. McKenna Ryan pitched four innings and held the Spartans to two runs.
Emilee Erickson came in and finished pitching the last four innings for the Knights.
Sycamore coach Jill Carpenter said the Spartans had some good swings but didn’t see the results.
“We finally made some adjustments to McKenna, and Emilee came in,” Carpenter said. “It’s a different look. She’s a lefty. She throws a little harder. We were able to put a couple good swings in.”
Reynolds scored the first run on an error in the first inning to take Sycamore ahead, 1-0.
Kaneland answered back with two runs in the second inning. Olivia Stoker and Lauren Callahan scored on a line-drive error by Donatella Sommesi to right field to put the Knights ahead, 2-1, in the second inning. Sycamore tied things up, 2-2, in the fourth inning when Erin Simmons scored on a single by Kenzie Schlosser.