The Batavia baseball team kept the line moving in a doubleheader sweep at Streamwood Thursday.
And moving. And moving. And moving.
After winning Game 1 of a rare weekday twin bill 9-6 to even the Upstate Eight River series at a game apiece, the Bulldogs unleashed the full scope of their offense in the first inning of the nightcap. They sent 19 men to the plate against three Streamwood pitchers, scoring 13 runs on 8 hits, 7 walks and 2 errors in an eventual 19-3 victory shortened to five innings.
"When you're hitting the ball like you're hitting it, you don't want it to end," said Batavia cleanup hitter Kyle Niemiec, who on the day went 3-for-6 with a double, a solo home run and 3 RBI. "We didn't want it to end. We went through the lineup twice."
One day after pitcher Adam Sojda held Batavia (16-9, 11-7) to 4 hits in a 4-3 Streamwood victory, the Bulldogs took their revenge by outhitting the Sabres 20-16 in the two victories.
"We knew we had to be focused; that was the biggest thing," Batavia coach Matt Holm said. "In the first inning of that second game, I think after we had two outs we got 5 or 6 hits and a couple more walks. It's contagious on the good side and sometimes it's contagious on the bad side. (Wednesday) we must have popped up eight times."
Game 1 was more competitive, though it didn't seem like it would be so after Batavia second baseman Tyler Kledzik clubbed his first grand slam at any level of baseball to stake the Bulldogs to a 9-2 fourth-inning lead.
"I just knew I hit it hard and I thought maybe it had a chance, but I didn't know off the bat at all," Kledzik said of his fifth home run of the season. "It just kept carrying and went over."
Streamwood (7-18, 6-14) battled back with 2 runs in the fourth inning and single runs in the fifth and seventh. The Sabres had the tying run at the plate with one out in the seventh, but starting pitcher Luke Golson (5-0) finished the game by notching a strikeout before he induced a game-ending tapper back to the mound.
"We did a good job in that game of coming back to 9-6 with a couple of guys in scoring position," Streamwood coach Ryan Lasota said. "I like the way we're starting to swing the bat. We're starting to have a better approach and hit it up the middle and to the right side so in that regard I'm pleased. In the second game we struggled throwing strikes, misplayed some easy plays and the wheels came off, obviously."
Sojda went 3-for-6 with 2 doubles and Jesse Rico hit a 2-run home run in the opener for the Sabres.
St. Charles East 10, Elgin 0 (6 inn.): A 4-run first inning had the Maroons (6-22, 4-13) down for the count early in this Upstate Eight River win for the Saints (20-8, 15-4). John Carroll had 2 hits and 3 RBI while Anthony Adduci (2B, RBI, BB) and Jim Dale both went 2-for-3 with 1 RBI. Thomas Adams also had 2 hits for East. Pitcher Keegan Kochis threw 43 of his 66 pitches for strikes, punching out 5, walking 2 on 3 hits in 5 innings for the win.
Geneva 9, Larkin 3: The Vikings (18-10, 14-7) pushed across 8 runs through the first 3 frames and scattered 10 hits to get a UEC River win over the Royals (6-20, 2-16). Geneva's Jack Wassell was 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, a run scored and 4 RBI while Justin Hasegawa had 3 hits and Dylan Baer (2 hits) doubled. AJ Hostman, Jeremy Davis and Vince MacDonald each had 1 RBI to help Bryan Callaly (6IP, 4H, 2ER, 8K, 4BB) pick up the win. Kevin Roberts doubled for Larkin, who collected only 4 hits.
Grayslake Central 9, Dundee-Crown 6: The Rams matched D-C (12-12, 7-6) with 3 runs of their own in the bottom of the first and belted out 4 in the second to help get a FVC crossover win. Jonathan Mays (RBI) and Sean Jay (2B) both had 2 hits while Ryan Denz had a double, 2 hits and 3 RBI for the Chargers. Erik Hedmark (2 hits, RBI) also provided some offense while Matt Wiechmann suffered the loss on the bump.
Lockport 3, Aurora Christian 1: The Eagles (22-5-1) offense managed just 1 run on 6 hits in this nonconference loss to the Porters that snapped an 11-game winning streak. Drew Wagner (2B) had 2 hits while Sam Tickle had a walk and 1 RBI. Wagner (4H, 3R, 0ER, 6K, 1BB) tossed 6 innings on 104 pitches and was cruising along with 1 run allowed through four innings until Lockport broke a 1-1 tie on 2 errors in the fifth that scored 2 and broke a 1-1 tie
Elmwood Park 5, St. Edward 2: Jason Allen, Matthew Schimbke (2B, RBI) and Jack Olson each had 2 hits but the Green Wave (4-22, 1-17) couldn't generate anymore offense in a Metro Suburban crossover lost. Pitcher Karl Bibler suffered the loss on the mound giving up 6 hits on 5 runs (3 earned), 2 strikeouts, 3 walks and a HR. St. Edward outhit the Tigers 9-7 but committed 3 errors.
Westmont 10, ACC 2: A modest 2-game win streak for the Chargers (18-10) was snapped in nonconference action. ACC was only allowed 5 hits and Kyle Czerak accounted for 2. The Sentinels made it tough early with 3 in the first and 2 in the second for a 5-run lead and led 7-0 after 4 innings.
Yorkville 4, Kaneland 3 (8 inn.): Jake Marczuk had 3 hits, Will Ring smacked 2 hits and Joe Laudont doubled in a run, but a late rally by the Foxes in the final 2 innings allowed Yorkville to steal this NI Big XII East matchup from the Knights (11-10, 7-4). Yorkville tied the game in the seventh with 2 runs then concluded matters on an RBI single to center by Brendon Reifsteck with 1 down in the eighth. Jacob Violett suffered the loss on the mound in 7-plus innings of work as the Knights lost 2 of 3 in the series.
Mount Carmel 17, Marmion 2: The Cadets (8-20, 3-15) dropped another Chicago Catholic Blue Division loss to the Caravan (19 hits), who exploded 4 in the sixth and 10 in the seventh inning. Bobby Pierce smacked a 2-run homer and Brandon McPherson doubled to account for half of the Cadets' hits.
Rockford Christian 6, Burlington Central 3: A 2-run fifth for the Royal Lions was the difference in this Big Northern East loss for the Rockets (16-9, 10-3), who dropped 2-straight to Rockford Christian. David Lauber (2B) was Central's top hitter with 2 hits and Ryan Knowlton doubled.
St. Charles East 7, Elgin 0: It was a milestone night for St. Charles East girls soccer coach Paul Jennison, who picked up his 100th win in his seventh season coaching the Saints during a victory over Elgin in Upstate Eight River action. Jennison was more selfless than anything on the honor.
"Honestly, it's 100 percent due to the kids, I've been incredibly fortunate for the position I've been on the boys and the girls side," said Jennison, who gave thanks to his assistants as well. "It's a massive thank you to anyone that's played at any level but obviously any of the girls that played on the team over the last 7 years. We couldn't have done it without any of them so thank you to everyone that's played."
Kyla Augustine and Julia Peterson made it all happen with 2 goals each, while Shannon Gatehouse, Chantel Carranza and Megan O'Neal added scores. Morgan Kull added 1 assist for East (16-3, 4-1).
St. Charles North 5, Jacobs 0: The North Stars (16-3-1, 6-0) rounded out the regular season with a sound victory over the Golden Eagles in nonconference action. Amanda Czerniak totaled 1 goal and 1 assist while Hailey Rydberg, KB Kusswurm, Jordan Karom and Lauren Muzzalupo scored 1 goal each. Elli Wahlberg added 1 assist. Keepers Sami Sample and Leanne Stahulak (2 saves) each played 1 half for a combined shutout.
Bartlett 10, East Aurora 0: The Hawks (16-5-1) ended their regular season in style with a drumming of the Tomcats (3-14-1, 0-4-1) to end UEC Valley play at 4-1, good for second place behind Glenbard East. Kaitlin Brohan led the way with 2 goals and 1 assist while Shelley Lyjak and Shaelen Kaiser each sported 2 goals. Sarah Jurek and Carrigan Sablik dished 1 goal and 1 assist. Jenna Dombrowski added a goal and Jenna Noesen totaled 2 assists. Mariah Martinez, Mariela Alba, Tabitha Evans, Natalie McGinnis all had 1 assist and keeper Teagan Noesen garnered 2 saves for the shutout. East goalie Daisy Quinonez compiled 16 saves.
Larkin 3, Streamwood 2: In a preview of next Tuesday's Class 3A Streamwood regional semifinal, both Stephanie Nunez and Sam Moreno had 1 goal and 1 assist as the Royals (9-11, 1-5) got the win in UEC River play over the Sabres. Elizabeth Baeza tallied 1 goal and Tonya Franco 1 assist. Maddie Young nailed down 7 saves in net. Streamwood (6-13, 0-6) saw Alondra Blanco and Karina Nevarez score goals while Shonali Pierce and Paulette Carranza spotted assists.
Burlington Central 9, North Boone 0: Emily Kisch improved to 12-3 with a gem against North Boone on Thursday, pitching Burlington Central to a win with 14 strikeouts and just 1 hit allowed in 6 innings of a 9-0 win.
Kisch also doubled twice. Kristina Ahlers tripled for the Rockets (19-5, 10-2).
Batavia 12, Streamwood 2: The Bulldogs (17-11, 10-5) gave Kaylan Waldron all the offense she needed with 3 runs in the first inning. Waldron struck out eight and didn't walk a batter.
Leadoff hitter Toni Galas and No. 9 hitter Jessica Kleist both had 3 hits and scored 3 runs. Kleist tripled twice. Waldron helped herself with 3 RBI, and Jena Bendoraitis drove in 2.
Nijal Desai doubled and drove in a run for the Sabres.
Geneva 14, Larkin 0: Rachel Fanella and Alissa Dierks combined on a no-hitter as the Vikings (20-7, 10-5) picked up their 20th victory.
Fanella and Dierks also both doubled while Alyssa Kramer and Sarah Bauer hit home runs. Kramer added a triple as did Katelyn Keller who went 3-for-4.
Cary-Grove 3, Dundee-Crown 2: Colleen Kaveney and Brianne Prank both had 2 hits for the Trojans (7-16). Sydney Ruggles struck out 11 and only allowed 2 earned runs for the Chargers (14-17). Claire Weeks had 2 hits.
DeKalb 2, Kaneland 1: Courtney Davis only allowed 1 earned run and struck out four but took the loss when the Barbs scored with 2 outs in the bottom of the seventh. Meg Cohrs and Hannah Theobald had the only 2 Kaneland (15-13) hits against Morgan Newport.
McHenry 5, Jacobs 3: Emily Borg homered and drove in all 3 runs for the Golden Eagles (8-11).
Bartlett 11, Glenbard East 2: Danielle Kirby picked up the win for the Hawks (17-8) and also drove in 2 runs. Elyse Hickey went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and walked 3 times, and Taylor Rotondo also drove in 2 runs and scored twice.
Hampshire 9, Grayslake Central 7: The Whip-Purs pulled out the win with 4 runs in the seventh inning. Sarah Bowen and Jasmine Lopez both had 3 hits and homered; Bowen drove in 4 runs. Morgan Haefling and Elli Lopez scored twice.
Jasmine Lopez earned the win.
Huntley 10, Crystal Lake South 0: Sophomore Tiffany Giese threw a 3-hit shutout, striking out seven and walking none for the Red Raiders (19-5, 8-0) who won the Fox Valley Conference Valley title outright.
Riverside-Brookfield 3, Aurora Central Catholic 1: Paige Miller only allowed 1 earned run and Danielle Brown doubled for the Chargers (12-13).