The Geneseo varsity softball team closed out this past week with a 3-1 record and went 1-1 in conference play with a win over Dixon, but a loss to Sterling.
Geneseo vs. Sterling
In Geneseo April 17, the Lady Leafs and the Sterling Golden?Warriors squared off in conference action with Sterling capturing the victory 11-4.
“I don’t know what it was. I?am hoping it was an off night,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “Sterling certainly played better than us, and we will see in the second game if they are better than us. They came ready to play, and we made too many mistakes.”
The Golden Warriors struck first with one run in the top of the first, but the Lady Leafs responded with a two-run home run by Taylor Wise to give Geneseo the 2-1 lead.
Sterling regained control of the lead in the top of the second as the squad plated three runs for the 4-2 advantage. The Warriors scored another run in the top of the third to go up 5-2 on Geneseo.
The Warriors continued their offensive attack in the fifth inning as they pushed four more runs across the plate, while the Lady Leafs scored two in the bottom of the frame to give Sterling the 9-4 lead.
Sterling closed out the game with two runs in the top of the sixth and held Geneseo scoreless for the remainder of the game to hand the Lady Leafs their first NIB 12 loss of the season.
“We hit some balls hard that Sterling made some good plays on and sometimes it just goes that way,” said Pettit. “To have 17 hits to our seven is a significant difference. We just couldn’t get the momentum and Sterling had it.”
Jena Reddig recorded the loss for Geneseo to move to 8-1 on the year.
Leading the effort at the plate for Geneseo was Jessica Murray with two hits.
Olivia Goethals (2 RBIs), Wise (2 RBIs), Kassi Anderson, Haley Cathcart and Karissa Herrman added one hit apiece with a home run from Wise and a double from Anderson.
An eight-run first inning by the Lady Leafs was too much to overcome as Geneseo defeated Galesburg, 9-1 April 16 in Geneseo.
“It was one of those games where we got the business done early and cruised through,” said Pettit. “A lot of people got to play and did a good job when they got their opportunity.”
The Lady Leafs jumped out on the Silver Streaks right away as eight of the team’s first nine batters scored for the 8-0 lead.
Geneseo plated another run to go up 9-0, a score the squad maintained through the next three innings.
Galesburg avoided the shut out with one run in the top of the sixth, but were unable to muster any more runs.
Reddig pitched the win for Geneseo to improve to 8-0 on the year.
“Jena was 8-0 going into the Sterling game and you can’t do that without doing a good job,” said Pettit. “She is performing well for a sophomore and has been progressing as the season has gone on.”
Leading the way for the Geneseo offense was Wise (4?RBIs) and Murray (1 RBI) with two hits apiece, including two doubles from Wise.
Anderson, Emily Zaderaka (1 RBI), Cathcart (1 RBI) and Herrman (1 RBI) added one hit apiece, while Reddig finished the game with an RBI.
Geneseo vs. Sherrard
The Lady Leafs survived a Friday the 13th match up with visiting Sherrard with a two-run victory, 7-5 in non-conference play.
Geneseo jumped out ahead early when the girls plated two runs in the bottom of the first and went up 4-0 with two runs in the bottom of the third.
Sherrard got on the board with one run in the top of the fourth, but Geneseo responded with a Murray solo home run to make it a 5-1 ball game.
The Tigers began to close in on the Lady Leafs as they plated two runs in the top of the fifth and one run in the top of the sixth to bring them within one, 5-4.
Geneseo countered in the bottom of the sixth with two runs to extended its lead to 7-4. Sherrard picked up one run in the top of the seventh, but stranded the tieing runs on base.
Reddig pitched the win to improve to 7-0 on the season, while Zaderaka recorded the save.
Murray (2 RBIs) and Zaderaka?(3 RBIs) led the Lady Leafs at the plate with two hits apiece, including a home run by Murray and a double from Zaderaka.
Olivia Goethals, Wise (1 RBI), Darian Gillette (1 RBI) and Herrman finished the game with one hit apiece, which included a double from Herrman.
Geneseo vs. Dixon
Fourteen hits producing 11 runs led the Lady Leafs to an 11-1 conference win over host Dixon April 12 in six innings.
Geneseo took control of the game early with two runs in the top of the first for the 2-0 lead.
After two scoreless innings, the Lady Leafs drove in three runs in the top of the fourth and two in the fifth for the 7-0 advantage.
In the sixth inning, Geneseo plated four runs, while Dixon got on the board in the bottom of the frame to give Geneseo the 11-1 victory.
Zaderaka pitched the win to improve to 6-2 on the year and Reddig recorded the save.
Leading the way for offense was Goethals (1 RBI) with three hits, followed by Wise (1 RBI), Bailee Kain (2 RBIs) and Herrman (1 RBI), belting out two hits apiece, including two triples by Kain and one from Wise.
Murray (1 RBI) stretched out a triple for her lone hit of the game, while Gillette, Reddig, Paige Dwyer (1 RBI), Cathcart (2 RBIs) and Sierra Anast (1 RBI), all had one hit with a double from?Anast.
The Lady Leafs (14-3 overall and 4-1 in the NIB 12) will next host Rock Island at 4:30 p.m. April 23.
“I hope to see a more determined attitude to repair some of the things that are getting us,” said Pettit. “These girls have the capabilities, they need to show they are determined and learn from their mistakes.”