The Geneseo varsity softball team went 2-1 in conference action this past week with wins over Dixon and Streator, but suffered a loss to LaSalle-Peru.
Geneseo vs. Dixon
The Lady Leafs were able to recover from an early deficit with the help three home runs late in the game to defeat Dixon, 13-7 May 8 in Geneseo.
“Dixon is getting better all the time, and they did some things last night I?have never seen a Dixon team do,”?said head coach Bob Pettit. “We didn’t prepare as much as we should have, but then we kicked it in, came back and showed our resiliency. We couldn’t get anything going and then finally a couple hits found the holes.”
Dixon jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and plated another run in the top of the second for the early 5-0 advantage.
The Lady Leafs responded with two runs in the third for a 5-2 score. Both squads plated two runs in the fourth to make it a 7-4 ball game in favor of Dixon. Geneseo’s two runs came off a two-run homer by Jessica Murray.
Geneseo continued to fight its way back into the game as the girls pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 7-7.
“I think the girls did have a sense of urgency after three or four innings and realized this was serious and they had to play better, which they did on both sides of the ball,”?said Pettit.
The Lady Leafs broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth with six runs led by a home run by Kassi Anderson and followed by a grandslam blast by Haley Cathcart to put the game out of reach.
Jena Reddig pitched the win for Geneseo.
Leading the offense were Emily Zaderaka and Taylor Wise (2 RBIs) with three hits apiece and a double from Wise.
Murray (3 RBIs), Anderson?(2 RBIs) and Darian Gillette chipped in two hits each with home runs from Murray and Anderson.
Olivia Goethals, Reddig and Cathcart, all finished with one hit, which included a grandslam from Cathcart. Hannah Johnson ended the game with two RBIs.
Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
Three runs in the first inning were all LaSalle-Peru would need to defeat visiting Geneseo in conference play May 3 as the Cavaliers earned the 3-1 victory.
“I don’t know if were ready right out of the chute,” said Pettit. “We weren’t really prepared, and there were a couple of plays we could have made and if we would have made those it would have been a different game. We have to start playing on the first pitch if we are going to be successful down the stretch.”
Page 2 of 2 - L-P jumped out to the 3-0 lead in the first inning and held on to that advantage until Geneseo plated its only run of the game in the top of the fourth.
Both teams were held scoreless for the rest of the contest. Zaderaka recorded the loss for the Lady Leafs.
Geneseo was held to only two hits for the game from Murray and a double from Wise. Zaderaka finished the game with an RBI.
Geneseo vs. Streator
The Lady Leafs got back on track in a big way May 2 when the girls shutdown visiting Streator in conference action, 8-0.
“Streator gave us a scare the first time through at Streator, so we were prepared,”?said Pettit. “I think we let them know we were there to play and we did play from beginning to the end. We stayed focused and played hard.”
Geneseo broke the two-inning stalemate as the squad drove in four runs in the bottom of the third to put them up 4-0.
The Lady Leafs held onto the 4-0 lead through the next two innings before they plated four more runs in the bottom of the sixth, highlighted by a two-run home run shot by Murray.
Geneseo took an 8-0 lead into the seventh and managed to hold off the Bulldogs in the top of the inning for the win.
Zaderaka pitched the win for the Lady Leafs to improve to 8-2 on the year.
Murray (2 RBIs), Goethals, Wise (2 RBIs) and Bailee Kain paced the team at the plate with two hits apiece, which included a home run from Murray.
Anderson (2 RBIs), Zaderaka (1 RBI), Gillette (1 RBI) and Reddig, all finished with one hit.
“Until the season is over, we have to try to get better everyday and battle every pitch,”?said Pettit. “We need to strive to be better than we were yesterday.?If we keep that in mind you never know what might happen. We might have a nice little run.”
The Lady Leafs (18-8 overall and 6-3 in the NIB 12) will next host Moline at 4:30 p.m. May 15.