The Geneseo High School softball team claimed three more wins this past week, which included the squad’s first conference victory of the season.
Geneseo vs. Rochelle
Three home run shots from three different players were just part of the Lady Leafs’ 17-7 assault on host Rochelle March 27 as Geneseo improved to 5-0 on the year.
“We did have a big night at the plate. We just hit a lot of shots,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “The wind was probably a factor in the game, and I thought it might be a 28-21 game. It was crazy with the wind and there were some misjudged balls.”
Geneseo jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead on Rochelle in the first inning and drove in four more runs in the second to take the 9-0 lead. The Hubs got on the board in the bottom of the second with three runs to make it a 9-3 ball game.
The Lady Leafs continued their offensive attack in the third inning with two runs, which included a solo home run shot by Haley Cathcart. Rochelle plated three more runs in the bottom of the frame to give Geneseo the 11-6 advantage.
Geneseo belted out six runs in the top of the fourth highlighted by home run shots from Jessica Murray and Kassi Anderson to extend the Lady Leafs’ lead to 17-6. Rochelle added one more run in the bottom of the fourth for a 17-7 score.
Both squads were held scoreless in the fifth to end the game in five innings.
Emily Zaderaka pitched the win for Geneseo to improve to 3-0 on the year.
At the plate, Murray (4 RBIs) led the team with five hits, including two doubles and a home run.
Anderson?(4 RBIs), Bailee Kain (2 RBIs) and Cathcart (2 RBIs) added three hits apiece with a home run from Anderson and a double and home run from Cathcart.
Taylor Wise, Zaderaka and Jena Reddig (2 RBIs) finished the game with two hits apiece with a double from all three, while Olivia Goethals, Paige Dwyer and Karissa Herrman each contributed one hit to the team’s 23 for the game.
“Right now, after five games, we are sitting with five different players with home runs,” said Pettit. “Offensively, I couldn’t have asked for anything more, but defensively, I think we kind of let down once we got a big lead. We have to stay focused every time.”
Geneseo vs. Ottawa
A three-run home run blast by Anderson helped the Lady Leafs put the 5-0 Ottawa Pirates on their heels and earn Geneseo’s first conference win of the year, 11-1 March 23.
“I was very surprised by the score, but it scares me a little bit because I don’t want to be overconfident going into the next game,” said Pettit. “We do have a lot of offensive power, but I really didn’t expect to score 11. I think once we scored 11, Ottawa didn’t know how to handle it.”
Anderson broke the 0-0 stalemate in the third inning as she crushed a three-run homer to put Geneseo up 3-0.
Ottawa responded in the top of the fourth with one run, but Geneseo countered in the bottom of the frame with another run for a 4-1 score.
The Lady Leafs sealed the victory in the bottom of the sixth as they drove in seven runs for the win.
Zaderaka recorded the win to improve to 2-0 and Reddig received the save.
Murray led the way for Geneseo at the plate with three hits, which included a double.
Goethals (2 RBIs), Anderson (3 RBIs), Zaderaka (2 RBIs) and Cathcart all pounded out two hits with a double from Goethals.
Herrman?(2 RBIs), Ana Norville, Reddig and Wise finished the game with one hit apiece, which included a double from Herrman.
Geneseo vs. Riverdale
Geneseo shut out visiting Riverdale March 22 in non-conference action by a score of 8-0.
“I don’t understand why we beat Riverdale handily, because they are a good team and system,” said Pettit. “I think, mentally, we have the edge because Riverdale expects to lose. I was pleased with they way we played because we shut them down and continued to play good defense. That is the way we should play every game, continuing to attack no matter the score.”
After a scoreless first inning, Murray belted out a two-run home run to put the Lady Leafs on the board, while Goethals plated the team’s third run of the inning to take the 3-0 lead.
Geneseo drove home three more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend its advantage to 6-0 and added another two runs in the bottom of the fifth to seal the win.
Zaderaka pitched the win for the Lady Leafs and only allowed two baserunners in four innings. Reddig and Murray combined to close out the shut out in the last three innings.
Offensively, Wise (2 RBIs) led the team with three hits, followed by Anderson (4 RBIs) with two hits, each with one double.
Murray’s (2 RBIs) lone hit of the game was her two-run home run in the second, while Goethals stretched out a double for her only hit of the game. Zaderaka also contributed one hit to the win.
The Lady Leafs (5-0 overall and 1-0 in the NIB 12) will next host Alleman at 10 a.m. March 31.