In baseball action this past week, the Geneseo varsity baseball team split match ups with Ottawa and Princeton and completed the series sweep of Dixon.
Geneseo vs. Ottawa
After a 4-0 start to the conference schedule, the Leafs suffered their first loss in NIB 12 play on the road to Ottawa, 14-4 April 17.
Geneseo plated two runs in its first at bats, but Ottawa quickly responded with four of its own in the bottom of the frame to take the 4-2 lead.
“I thought we started off really well and had five hits in the first inning, unfortunately, we only scored two runs,”?said head coach Steve Brucher. “It was just a night where Steven?Timbrook didn’t have it on the mound. He couldn’t get comfortable and find his rhythm.”
The Pirates drove in four more runs to extend their advantage to 8-2 in the bottom of the third. Geneseo attempted to cut into the lead as the Leafs plated two runs in the top of the fourth for an 8-4 score in favor of the hosts.
“The score is a little deceiving because we were able to creep back and cut Ottawa’s lead to 8-4 and make it a ball game,” said Brucher. “If we could have held them there, we would have had the momentum, but the game just got away from us in the last inning.”
Ottawa countered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth, along with three more in the bottom of the fifth to end the game in five innings.
Steven Timbrook recorded the loss on the mound for Geneseo.
Contributing to the offensive effort for the Leafs were Derek Mitchell (2 RBIs) and michael Daniels (1 RBI) with two hits apiece, which included a double from Mitchell.
Matt Rowley stretched out a double for his lone hit of the game, while Timbrook, Ryan Williams (1 RBI) and Drew DeCap added one hit apiece.
Geneseo vs. Ottawa
The start of a new three-game series pitted two unbeaten NIB 12 teams in Geneseo and Ottawa against each other April 16 with only one being able to remain flawless in the conference.
Geneseo earned the win 9-6 to stay undefeated, despite a late seventh inning rally by the visiting Pirates.
“Ottawa is an outstanding baseball program. They are one of the elite teams in our league,”?said Brucher. “To get that first game with Ottawa was a big morale booster.”
The Leafs opened play scoring three runs in their first at bats and knocked home another run in the bottom of the second to take the 4-0 lead.
Geneseo plated three more runs in the bottom of the fourth before Ottawa drove in its first runs of the game to make it a 7-2 ball game. The Leafs countered in the bottom of the fifth with two runs of their own to go up 9-2.
After a scoreless sixth, the Pirates surged a comeback and pushed four runs across the plate, but the Leafs were able to hang on for the victory.
Jeff Lutz threw six innings for the Leafs and only allowed two runs, one hit and struck out nine to receive the win. Williams earned the save in one inning of work as he allowed no hits, no runs and struck out one. Eric Lindsey pitched a third of an inning where he gave up five hits and four runs.
“Two keys in my mind were Jeff Lutz, who threw exceptionally well and only gave up one hit and gave us six solid innings,”?said Brucher. “The other thing was we scored early and took advantage of their pitcher who was a little wild. David Behrens also had a clutch two-out single and that was important for us to come and score quickly.”
Offensively, DeCap (1 RBI) led the team with two hits, followed by Rayce Singbush (1 RBI), Mitchell, Daniels (2 RBIs), Brian Johnson and David Behrens (2 RBIs), all with one hit, including a double from Mitchell.
Rowley and Williams finished the game with one RBI?apiece.
Geneseo vs. Princeton
The Leafs were able to bounce back quickly after dropping game one of the doubleheader with Princeton, 5-3 to take game two, 6-1 and avoid the sweep April 14.
“I think they were upset after the game one loss, but, to our team’s credit, they came out and had a good approach to game two and plated a run early to give us the lead,” said Brucher. “Eric Lindsey did a nice job in his first start of the season on the mound.”
In game one, Princeton grabbed the early lead 3-0 in the first inning and held Geneseo scoreless through the first three innings.
The Leafs got on the board with one run in the fourth, while the Tigers plated two more runs for a 5-1 advantage.
After scoreless fifth and sixth innings, the Leafs attempted to steal the victory, but only managed to drive in two runs in the top of the seventh.
Behrens received the loss on the hill in five innings of work. He allowed seven hits, five runs and struck out three. Lutz pitched one inning and allowed one hit, no runs and struck out three.
Offensively, Singbush (2 RBIs) and Behrens led the team with two hits, while Mitchell, Daniels (1 RBI), Williams and JJ Rivera ended the contest with one hit apiece.
In game two after a scoreless first, the Leafs broke through first in the second inning with one run to take the 1-0 lead.
Princeton tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the fourth, but Geneseo countered with one run in the top of the fifth to regain the lead, 2-1.
The Leafs put a little cushion between them and the Tigers in the top of the sixth as the squad knocked in four runs to go up 6-1.
Geneseo managed to hold off Princeton in the final inning and a half to earn the win.
Lindsey pitched the win on the mound and allowed six hits, one run and struck out two in six innings of work, while Timbrook threw one inning and allowed one hit, no runs and struck out one.
Williams led the Leafs with two of the team’s six hits, while Timbrook (1 RBI), Johnson (1 RBI), Nathan Yager (1 RBI) and Behrens, all contributed one hit.
Geneseo vs. Dixon
After finding themselves in a 4-0 hole in the first inning, the Geneseo baseball team fought its way back and emerged victorious to sweep the series with Dixon, 10-7 in eight innings April 12.
“It is hard to sweep a team and is a lot harder than people think,” said Brucher. “We fell behind early and had to play catch up all night long, but to our guys’ credit they scored single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, and three in the eighth for the win.”
The host Dukes jumped on the Leafs 4-0 in the first inning, but the Leafs responded in the top of the second with three runs to cut Dixon’s lead to 4-3.
Dixon plated another run in the bottom of the third, while both squads scored a run in the fourth for a 6-4 score.
Geneseo pulled within one in the top of the fifth, 6-5, as the Leafs drove in one run. In the sixth inning, both squads scored one run to make it a 7-6 ball game.
The Leafs tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the seventh and held off the Dukes in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings.
Geneseo pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the eighth and held Dixon scoreless to earn the come-from-behind victory.
Lindsey pitched the win for the Leafs in three innings of work and allowed four hits, one run and struck out three, while Williams recorded the save in one inning and allowed one hit, no runs and struck out three. Zach?Alexander also pitched for the Leafs and allowed five hits, six runs and struck out four in three innings.
The Leafs combined for six hits, but received 13 walks and stole 10 bases with four from Rowley and three by Mitchell.
Williams (1 RBI) and Singbush (1 RBI) led the team with two hits apiece with a double from both, while Rowley (2 RBIs) and Daniels (2 RBIs) had one hit each. Johnson finished the game with an RBI.
“I think winning those close games early on did a lot for this team,” said Brucher. “It gave them a sense of confidence, they learned to win and what to do in those close games.”
The Leafs (14-7 overall and 4-1 in the NIB 12) will be on the road at 10 a.m. April 21 against Sterling Newman.