MAPLE PARK — After defeating the Kaneland Knights in the first of a two-game series on Tuesday, the Hubs varsity baseball team hit the road looking for its first conference sweep of the season.
But it was all black and white when the two teams squared off at Kaneland High School on Thursday, with the Knights utilizing an eight-run fifth inning to roll over the Hubs by a score of 14-4. The loss drops Rochelle to 6-5-1 overall and 1-3 in conference play.
The Hubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after senior Kyle Seebach tripled to start the frame and senior teammate Landon Griffith singled to left field. Seniors Matt Albers and Caleb Gould also walked in the inning, but Rochelle was unable to do any more damage.
Kaneland outfielder Preston Havis homered in the bottom of the second to put the Knights up 2-1, and three hits in the third inning led to two more runs for the black and white. Albers came around to score for Rochelle in the top of the fourth inning, but Kaneland fired back with another two-run frame ignited by a Luke Gomes triple.
With a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Knights exploded for eight runs to put the game firmly out of Rochelle’s reach. Havis clobbered his second home run of the game to start the frame, and eight more Kaneland players reached base helped by five Hub errors.
Albers attempted to keep Rochelle alive with a solo home run in the top of the seventh, and junior Noah Mershon singled to keep the Hub offense going. But a disastrous sixth inning would be too much for the purple and white to overcome.
Rochelle will start a three-game set with Geneseo on Monday.