KCC vs. SWIC 03/02/2024

Date: 03/02/2024

The Kankakee Community College Cavaliers fell to the Southwestern Illinois College Blue Storm 6-5 in seven innings Saturday afternoon. 

The Blue Storm started the game strong with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and another three in the bottom of the second, which gave them an early 6-point lead.  

In the third, the Cavaliers began their response when Dylan Coty scored on an error. Southwestern was unable to score in the bottom of the inning, as KCC’s Peyton Niksch struck out two batters and a third was groundout. 

After trailing 6-1 going into the fourth inning, KCC’s Cole Freeman and Curtis McKay had back-to-back runs to narrow the deficit to three runs. Tyler Thompson quickly followed the pair of runs with his own before Amarion Paxton scored to round out the Cavs’ quick response.  

The Cavaliers turned on the defensive effort in the bottom of the fifth, as pitcher Hunter Niksch quickly struck out two consecutive Blue Storm batters. Niksch allowed one base before outing a third batter. KCC trailed 6-5 following the powerful inning. 

Neither team scored in the sixth and seventh innings, and the Cavaliers came up just one run short, falling 6-5. 

The Cavaliers are 3-3-1 early in the season and will continue their road trek when they play NJCAA DI #11 John A. Logan at 2pm Sunday.