KCC’s pitching staff was dominant against Olive-Harvey College on Tuesday winning the game with a score of 8-0.
The Cavs’ offense was led by Tyler Thompson, who had 2 hits, 2 runs, and 1 RBI, and Jack Snyder, who hit a home run and had 2 RBIs. Cole Freeman also had 2 hits and 2 RBIs, while Chris Suchoski contributed 2 hits and 1 RBI.
Pitcher Andrew VanOeveren had an outstanding game, throwing 6 innings, striking out 11 batters, and allowing no runs and only 4 hits. Relief pitchers Luke Wolff, Jackson Smith, and Lucas Frank also had strong performances, combining for 5 strikeouts and only allowing 3 hits.
KCC will be back on the field on Thursday as they take on Morton College. First pitch is slated for 3pm.
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KCC put their offense and defense together for a 13-3 victory over Oakton. Paco Paulina led the way for the Cavs with four hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs. Jack Snyder also had a big game, driving in six runs, including a 3-run homer in the sixth inning. Tyler Thompson added two RBIs and Curtis McKay hit a solo home run.
KCC’s pitching staff also had a solid outing, with starter Graham Kasey allowing just two earned runs in five innings of work. Relievers Zach O'Donnell and Brett Hecimovich combined to shut out Oakton over the final three innings.
On March 24th, 2023, KCC defeated Rock Valley College 5-4 in a closely contested baseball game held in Rockford, IL. The game saw the Cavs take an early lead with a run in the third inning, and then extend their lead with runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Rock Valley College fought back with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, but KCC was able to hold on for the victory.
Top performers for Kankakee included Tyler Thompson, who had two runs scored, Jack Snyder who had two RBIs, and Nick Barlow, who came in as a relief pitcher and earned the win with four strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work.
KCC defeated Prairie State College 8-7 in extra innings on Thursday. Despite committing six errors, the Cav’s bullpen managed to shut down Prairie State, with Jackson Smith earning the win after striking out three in 1.1 innings pitched. Top performers included Tyler Thompson (2B) with a double, 2 runs, and an RBI; Paco Paulina (3B) contributing 2 hits, 2 RBIs, and a stolen base; Cole Freeman (RF) with a double and 2 RBIs; and Andy Onnen (1B) adding a hit, an RBI, and 2 runs.
The Cavaliers take on Rock Valley today on the road. First pitch is set for 3pm.
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On March 15, 2023, KCC faced off against College of DuPage in a thrilling game that resulted in a 9-5 Cavalier victory. The game was close throughout, with KCC pulling ahead 8-2 only to see DuPage cut that lead to 3 heading into the eighth inning. KCC tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th and Kaleb Waller came in and threw a perfect 9th to seal it for the Cavaliers.
The Cavs got off to a strong start, scoring two runs in the first inning with a 2 run HR by Jack Snyder. The home runs would continue in the 4th as Cole Freeman and Braedan MacDonald went back-to-back for KCC. In the 5th inning, Danny Puplava smashed a 3-run homer putting them ahead 8-2. DuPage managed to score three runs in the eighth inning, but KCC’s defense held strong and prevented any further runs.
The Cavs’ offense was led by several standout performances. Jack Snyder had a particularly impressive game, hitting a home run and driving in two runs. Danny Puplava also hit a home run and drove in three runs. Braedan MacDonald and Cole Freeman each had solo home runs, and Curtis McKay contributed with a double, a triple, and an RBI. Gavin Noreus and Andy Onnen also added hits for KCC.
On the pitching side, Zack Millsap picked up the win for KCC taking his record to 3-0, pitching six innings and allowing only two runs while striking out seven batters. Jackson Smith, Brett Hecimovich, and Kaleb Waller also contributed to KCC’s pitching effort.
KCC moves to 8-3 on the season and weather permitting will be back at home on Saturday to face College of Lake County for a 1pm start.
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In the quarterfinal of the Region 4 tournament, KCC Lady Cavs defeated Kishwaukee College 73-64 to advance to the semifinals. Both teams started off strong in the first quarter, ending the period in a tie at 20 points each.
KCC gained momentum in the second quarter, outscoring Kishwaukee 19-12, thanks to the impressive shooting of Jazmyn Smith who scored 26 points on the night, going 12-14 from the field.
Na'lani Williams also had a strong performance for KCC, recording a double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Valorie Dagg and Hayley Diveley contributed 10 and 14 points respectively.
KCC will now move on to face Rock Valley on Saturday, March 4 in the semifinal of the Region 4 tournament at Rock Valley College.
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In a tough game against Southeastern, the Lady Cavs were unable to get any runs across the plate and fell by a final score of 8-0. Estelle Audette and Tori Budde were the only KCC batters to record hits. Pitchers Kaitlynn Heale and Kaitlyn Marks combined for 4.2 innings pitched, giving up 13 hits and eight runs, two of which were earned. Heale took the loss, dropping her record to 0-2 on the season.
In a tough road matchup, KCC struggled to get anything going against North Iowa Area, falling 10-0. NIACC jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning and adding five more in the second. They continued to pile on with three more runs in the third inning. KCC's offense was held to just one hit, a double by Paxtyn Hicks.
For the Lady Cavs, Paxtyn Hicks went 1-for-2 with a double, but unfortunately that was the only hit of the game for the team. Pitcher Koralie Morin took the loss, giving up seven runs in just 1.1 innings. Kaitlynn Heale came in for relief, allowing three more runs in 2.2 innings of work.
The KCC softball team opened up their season in Burlington, IA on Saturday. In their opening game, they played a strong Des Moines Area team and came up short, losing 9-5. Despite the loss, Estelle Audette had a standout performance for KCC, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBIs, and three stolen bases. Tori Budde also had a strong showing at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Lady Cavs offense left eight runners on base. They did manage to hit three doubles, with Estelle Audette, Sophia Hulsey, and Kaitlyn Marks all contributing to that total.
On the mound, Kaitlynn Heale took the loss for KCC, giving up six runs (all earned) on eight hits and five walks over 2.1 innings pitched. Koralie Morin and Kaitlyn Marks also saw time on the mound for the Lady Cavs, combining to give up three runs (all earned) on five hits and four walks over 3.2 innings pitched.
The Lady Cavs fell to Highland on Saturday, 72-60. Hayley Diveley let the way with 17 points, including five three-pointers. Valorie Dagg had 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Na’lani Williams contributed 7 points and had 3 assists, while Jazmyn Smith had 10 points and 3 steals. The Lady Cavs will look to bounce back as they enter tournament play Wednesday evening as they host Kishwaukee College. Tip is set for 5:30. Catch it live here: https://bit.ly/KCCCavsLiveStream