The Geneseo varsity baseball team got the season started off on the right foot with a 4-0 record, but ran into two tough opponents this past week to suffer its first two losses.
Geneseo vs. Alleman
After keeping things close through the first four innings, the Leafs let the Pioneers get away from them in the final three frames April 2 as Alleman came away with a 17-5 victory.
“I think it was a good baseball game for a better part of five innings,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “I felt like we had good at bats in the last three innings, but just couldn’t string a few of those together to get momentum and get back in the game.”
Geneseo jumped on the Pioneers, 2-0 in the first inning, but Alleman got one back in the second for a 2-1 score.
The Pioneers grabbed the advantage in the top of the third with four runs, but the Leafs countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning for the 5-4 Alleman lead.
Alleman plated four runs in the top of the fifth and held Geneseo to one for a 9-5 score. The Pioneers drove in three more runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to put the game out of reach for the Leafs.
Billy Converse recorded the loss on the hill as he allowed 10 hits, nine runs and struck out two in five innings. Nathan Yager gave up four hits and three runs in one inning; while Michael Daniels allowed three hits and five runs and Rayce Singbush allowed no runs and no hits.
Singbush (1 RBI), Mike Murray (1 RBI) and Jon Solberg (1 RBI) led the offensive effort for Geneseo with two hits apiece, which included two doubles from Singbush.
Adam Stenzel (1 RBI), Reed Buysse (1 RBI) and Alex Craig added the team’s other three hits with one apiece. Zak White ended the game with an RBI.
Geneseo vs. Sherrard
Geneseo suffered its first loss of the season on the road April 1 to Sherrard, 8-5.
“It was one of those things,” said Brucher. “Greg Rusk pitched for us as a sophomore and did a good job. It was a tough day to pitch, but he came out and battled. We really didn’t come through with many hits with two outs and runners in scoring position. The defense also made a couple of mistakes and in a game like that, one or two mistakes is the difference in the game.”
Sherrard struck first with one run in the bottom of the first, and held on to that 1-0 lead through the next two innings.
Page 2 of 4 - Geneseo got on the board in the top of the fourth with two runs, but Sherrard countered with five runs for a 6-2 advantage.
Sherrard plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 8-2 lead. The Leafs attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh with three runs, but it wasn’t enough.
Greg Rusk recorded the loss on the mound. He pitched four innings and gave up nine hits, six runs and struck out three. Joe Thomas pitched two innings and allowed four hits, two runs and struck out one.
Trevor Craig (2 RBIs) led the way for the Leaf offense three hits, which included a double.
Daniels, Singbush (1 RBI) and Buysse (1 RBI) contributed the team’s three other hits for the game, which included a double from Buysse.
Geneseo vs. Fulton
The Leafs ended the weekend with a sweep of visiting Fulton March 30 with a 6-1 victory and a 19-3 win.
After a scoreless first inning in the game one, the Leafs plated one run in the bottom of the second, while Fulton tied the game at 1-1 in the third.
Geneseo drove in three runs in the bottom of the fourth and one run in the fourth and fifth for the 6-1 advantage and the win.
Buysse received the win on the mound for Geneseo. In six innings of work he allowed one hit, one run and struck out 15. Yager pitched one inning and allowed one hit, no runs and struck out one.
The Leafs teamed up for eight hits with three from Daniels (2 RBIs), two from Solberg (2 RBIs), including one double, and one from Zach Riffe, Thomas (1 RBI) and Yager. Singbush finished the game with one RBI.
The Leafs made quick work of Fulton in game two with a 19-3 victory in four innings.
Fulton scored one run in the first, but Geneseo countered by plating 13 runs in the bottom of the frame for the 13-1 lead. Both squads scored one run in the second; while in the third Fulton added another run and Geneseo scored five more to secure the win.
Nevada Nilsson pitched the win for Geneseo and allowed three hits, three runs and struck out six.
Leading the way for Geneseo offensively was Singbush (4 RBIs) belting out four hits, including one double.
Stenzel (1 RBI) and Buysse (3 RBIs) chipped in three hits apiece; while Jeremy May (3 RBIs) and Lucas Knepp (1 RBI) added two hits.
Alex Craig (2 RBIs), Daniels (2 RBIs), and Trevor Craig (1 RBI) finished with one hit each; while Kevin Wolak had an RBI.
Geneseo vs. Amboy
Page 3 of 4 - On March 29, Geneseo pounded out 16 hits on its way to a 15-9 victory over Amboy in non-conference action.
“The first few games we really played well,” said Brucher. “In the Amboy game and the second Fulton game, I thought we swung the bats well and overcame mistakes in the field.”
Amboy struck first with one run in the top of the first inning, but Geneseo countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame for the 2-1 lead. The Leafs added three more runs to the board in the bottom of the second to extend the lead to 5-1.
Amboy tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the third, but Geneseo knocked in seven runs to regain the lead, 12-5. Amboy scored another run in the fourth, while Geneseo added another two, plus one in the fifth for a 15-6 advantage.
Amboy plated three more runs in the top of the sixth, but were held scoreless for the rest of the contest.
Zach Alexander pitched the win for Geneseo in three innings of work as he allowed two hits, five runs and struck out four. Thomas recorded the save in four innings of work as he allowed six hits, four runs and struck out two.
Daniels (2 RBIs) and Singbush (4 RBIs) paced the Leafs’ offense with three hits apiece, which included two doubles from Daniels and one from Singbush. Riffe (2 RBIs), Murray (3 RBIs) and Buysse (2 RBIs) chipped in two hits apiece with a double from Murray; while Trevor Craig (2 RBIs), Alex Craig, Solberg and Stenzel each contributed a hit.
Geneseo vs. Rock Island
The Leafs finally opened the 2013 season, and on the right foot, as they edged out a win over Rock Island, 1-0 March 28.
After three scoreless innings, Geneseo got on the board in the top of the fourth with one run. The Leafs were able to hold on to their advantage through the rest of the contest.
Converse pitched the win on the mound for Geneseo in five innings of play where he allowed two hits, no runs and struck out two. Yager recorded the save with two innings of work and allowed RI no hits, no runs and struck out one.
The squad combined for five hits on the day with Daniels and Alex Craig leading the team, each with a double. Riffe, Singbush and White added the Leafs’ other three hits.
“In the first few games we had at least two of the three things working (pitching, hitting and defense),” said Brucher. “That led to the success in the first few games.
“The wins are nice, but the goal is to use the games to identify areas that need improvement and use practice to fix and correct those faults. I am content with where we are at right now, but we know there is still a lot of room for improvement. I believe we will continue to grow as a team.”
Page 4 of 4 - The Leafs (4-2 overall) will host AlWood today at 4:30 p.m. at Stone Field and will be on the road at 11 a.m. for a doubleheader against Morris April 6.