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Softball: Burlington Central rally topples Kaneland in extras

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  • Kaneland's pitcher Emilee Erickson makes an offering as catcher Hailey Roach and  Burlington Central hitter Reili Gardner prepare during varsity softball at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland's pitcher Emilee Erickson makes an offering as catcher Hailey Roach and Burlington Central hitter Reili Gardner prepare during varsity softball at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kaneland's pitcher Emilee Erickson makes an offering as catcher Hailey Roach and  Burlington Central hitter Megan Wiater prepare during varsity softball at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland's pitcher Emilee Erickson makes an offering as catcher Hailey Roach and Burlington Central hitter Megan Wiater prepare during varsity softball at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Danielle Yurgil is all smiles as she receives high fives after scoring during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Burlington Central's Danielle Yurgil is all smiles as she receives high fives after scoring during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Danielle Yurgil rounds second base during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Burlington Central's Danielle Yurgil rounds second base during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central shortstop Kristina Ahlers fields a grounder during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Burlington Central shortstop Kristina Ahlers fields a grounder during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kaneland's Natalie Kraemer makes contact against Burlington Central during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland's Natalie Kraemer makes contact against Burlington Central during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kaneland first baseman Hannah Theobald calls a pop fly against Burlington Central during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland first baseman Hannah Theobald calls a pop fly against Burlington Central during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kaneland's Morgan Weber fields a throw at second base on a Burlington Central steal attempt during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland's Morgan Weber fields a throw at second base on a Burlington Central steal attempt during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central's Reili Gardner checks in to bat during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Burlington Central's Reili Gardner checks in to bat during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central catcher Lindsay Jamrozek, left, meets with pitcher Julia Barnes during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night. Barnes earned the win in Kaneland's 4-2 victory while Jamrozek had 3 hits and 4 RBI.

      Burlington Central catcher Lindsay Jamrozek, left, meets with pitcher Julia Barnes during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night. Barnes earned the win in Kaneland's 4-2 victory while Jamrozek had 3 hits and 4 RBI.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central third baseman Gretchen Schrubbe reaches for a throw at third base during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Burlington Central third baseman Gretchen Schrubbe reaches for a throw at third base during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Burlington Central pitcher Julia Barnes makes an offering during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Burlington Central pitcher Julia Barnes makes an offering during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kaneland's Maddy Wheatley gets a jump at second base as Burlington Central pitcher Julia Barnes delivers to home during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland's Maddy Wheatley gets a jump at second base as Burlington Central pitcher Julia Barnes delivers to home during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kaneland's Morgan Weber slides safely into second base as Burlington Central's Kristina Ahlers fields the throw on a steal attempt during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland's Morgan Weber slides safely into second base as Burlington Central's Kristina Ahlers fields the throw on a steal attempt during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

  • Kaneland pitcher Alyson Jesionowski makes a delivery against Burlington Central's during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.

      Kaneland pitcher Alyson Jesionowski makes a delivery against Burlington Central's during varsity softball action at Kaneland Monday night.
    Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer

 
 

It's been a long road full of obstacles for Julia Barnes to get her first win for Burlington Central, so what was one more inning?

Barnes, a junior whose first two years with the Rockets were derailed by injuries, pitched Burlington Central to a 2-1 lead Monday at Kaneland only to see the Knights rally to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Barnes' catcher Lindsay Jamrozek had the answer in the top of the eighth, capping her own big day at the plate with a 2-run single up the middle and making a winner of Barnes, 4-2 over the Knights in the season opener for both teams.

"I'm just excited to be back, just glad to finally being able to play softball for the high school," said Barnes, who injured her wrist in a snowmobile accident as a freshman and tore her ACL playing basketball as a sophomore. "It was really hard to go through and watch everyone play and me sitting watching from the sidelines.

"I was a little nervous the first two innings (today) but it was fun."

Barnes walked 3 batters over the first 2 innings before settling down. Kaneland (0-1) capitalized in the first when Morgan Weber walked, stole second and scored on a throwing error.

Burlington Central (1-0) tied the game 1-1 in the fourth against Kaneland starter Aly Jesionowski. Danielle Yurgil singled and scored on a double by Jamrozek, the first of three straight run-scoring hits by the sophomore.

"I was feeling good when I stepped into the box," Jamrozek said. "We practice hitting a lot. I knew we had some fast runners on. I was just thinking get the ball down and they would make something out of it which they did."

Kaneland coach Mike Kuefler brought in freshman pitcher Emilee Erickson in the top of the fifth. She pitched a scoreless inning before the Rockets grabbed a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Yurgil walked and scored on Jamrozek's line single.

The Knights rallied in the bottom of the seventh, and it took a gutsy effort by Barnes to keep Kaneland from winning it. Weber singled and took third when the Rockets threw away a grounder off the bat of Jesionowski.

Weber scored on a bunt by Hannah Theobald tying the game at 2. After a walk to Donny Sommesi, Kaneland had the bases loaded with no outs but could not push across the winning run as Barnes induced three straight soft infield liners and popouts.

"I was just trying to take one batter at a time, one pitch at a time and make sure they didn't hit it hard," Barnes said.

"I knew Julia would come through in the clutch," Jamrozek said. "She's a really good pitcher. Having her hit those spots really helped us."

It was a frustrating inning for the Knights, who finished with 5 hits on the day including 2 by Maddy Wheatley.

"Looking back I thought we had it," Kuefler said. "Couple infield flyballs. It is what it is. We had a good talk and all the girls understand as long as we are moving forward and learning from our mistakes from this game we'll be just fine."

Gretchen Schrubbe started the winning rally in the eighth with a single. Yurgil was hit by a pitch and Barnes bunted them over before Jamrozek capped her 3-for-4, 4-RBI day with a 2-run single.

Abby Sanders pitched the bottom of the eighth for the save.

"It was a little more neryerve-racking than I would liked, but it's good," Burlington Central coach Erica Snyder said. "I love these games. They did such a good job. It's very easy to let one thing spiral but bases loaded they buckled down and got the job done. I was really proud of them."

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