A 12-5 victory over the Clinton LumberKings Friday night, coupled with a Burlington loss, earned the Kane County Cougars a spot in the Midwest League playoffs for the first half of the season.
Third baseman Jordan Hanks (2 RBI) was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate to lead a 14-hit attack for the Cougars, who also took advantage of 5 errors by Clinton. Hanks raised his average to .316 on the season.
Left fielder Shawon Dunston Jr. stole a pair of bases in the sixth inning -- and three in the game -- to fuel the Cougars' comeback after the game was 5-5 entering the bottom of that inning. Dunston (2 RBI) and shortstop Carlos Penalver each scored three times for Kane County (41-20).
Zak Hermans (2-0) got the win in relief for the Cougars, who open a three-game homestand Saturday night against Cedar Rapids at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.