Regnier has indeed watched her young shortstop blossom this spring.
"She had a good year for us last year, but she's really developed her power and developed her voice on this team," Regnier said. "She's a leader. She puts in the time, and it shows. She wants it."
Yorkville (3-5, 0-1) dug an early hole Tuesday, but was in it until the end.
Kaneland (4-3, 1-0) scored three runs in the first, and a five-run second inning made it 8-1.
Knights' cleanup hitter Hannah Theobald led the charge with three hits and four runs batted in.
The Foxes, though, closed to 9-7 with a four-run sixth capped off by Dani Evans' RBI double. Haylee Reyes and Aloisio reached to start the seventh, but Kaneland relief pitcher McKenna Ryan came back to retire the next three batters.
The Foxes, like Kaneland back on the softball diamond after a week-long layoff because of the poor weather, showed fight that their coach has come to expect.
"This team is not going to lay down," Regnier said. "They will fight for every last out."