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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Ottawa edges Leafs, 7-6

  • The Geneseo varsity baseball team split in conference play this past week, and also was able to come away with the sweep in a weekend doubleheader.
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  • The Geneseo varsity baseball team split in conference play this past week, and also was able to come away with the sweep in a weekend doubleheader.
    Geneseo vs. Ottawa
    In conference action April 16 at Stone Field, the Leafs and Pirates were locked in a close battle, but it was the Pirates who emerged with the one-run victory, 7-6.
    “Ottawa is the preseason pick to win the conference, and I thought we competed very well with them and gave ourselves chances to win the game,” said head coach Steve Brucher.
    The scoring action started early as Ottawa opened the game with three runs in the top of the first, but Geneseo responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame for the 3-2 score.
    The Leafs tied the game up 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth; while Ottawa plated the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth for the 4-3 score.
    Ottawa drove in two more runs in the sixth; while Geneseo countered and drove in two runs to give the Pirates the one run advantage, 6-5.
    The Pirates put themselves up by two in the top of the seventh with one run. Geneseo’s attempt to tie the game or nab the win fell short as the Leafs were only able to score one run in the bottom of the frame.
    “We had runners on first and third in the seventh, and Zach Riffe had a real good at bat, but we couldn’t get the tieing run in,” said Brucher. “We had chances and good at bats.”
    Billy Converse recorded the loss on the hill as he allowed 11 hits, seven runs and struck out five; while Nathan Yager gave up no hits and no runs.
    Alex Craig (3 RBIs) led the team at the plate with four hits; followed by Rayce Singbush (2 RBIs) with three off three doubles.
    Michael Daniels and Zak White added two hits apiece with a double from White; while Mike Murray and Adam Stenzel (1 RBI) finished the game with one hit each.
    Geneseo vs. Princeton
    Geneseo grabbed two home victories over the weekend as the Leafs swept visiting Princeton, 5-4 and 10-1 April 13.
    In game one, Singbush’s walk-off double was the game-winner in eight innings.
    Earlier in the game, Geneseo jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but Princeton drove in one run in the third for the 2-1 score. The Leafs added another run in the fourth for the 3-1 advantage.
    Princeton plated two runs in the fifth; while Geneseo scored one in the bottom of the frame for the 4-3 Leaf lead. The Tigers tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth and both teams were held scoreless in the seventh to force extra innings, where Singbush drove in the winning run off a double.
    Page 2 of 3 - “I think the make up of our team is very good right now and they have the mind set that they are always going to battle and play 21 outs,” said Brucher. “They have the belief that they always have a chance.”
    Yager pitched the win as he allowed one hit, one run and struck out five; while Nevada Nilsson gave up three hits, three runs and struck out six.
    “Nathan Yager threw very, very well for us and didn’t allow an earned run,” said Brucher. “Nevada Nilsson also went five innings and did a good job.”
    The Leafs scored five runs on six hits in game one with Singbush (1 RBI) leading the way with two hits, including a double.
    Zach Riffe, Daniels (1 RBI), Joe Thomas, and Yager each finished the game with one hit; while Alex Craig had two RBIs and Jon Solberg had one RBI.
    A seven-run fourth inning by the Leafs was the difference in game two as the Leafs won 10-1.
    “The second game was nice to get the opportunity to play some guys that normally aren’t in the lineup and a chance for the coaches to see what they can do,” said Brucher. “Kevin Wolak, Lucas Knepp and Jeremy May all took advantage of the opportunity and made the most of it.”
    Geneseo struck first with one in the second, but Princeton countered with one run in the third for the 1-1 tie.
    The Leafs drove in seven runs in the fourth, followed by two in the sixth for the win.
    Greg Rusk pitched the win as he allowed seven hits, one run and struck out five; while Singbush gave up no hits and no runs.
    Singbush (3 RBIs) paced the Leafs at the plate with three hits, which included a home run shot and a double.
    Stenzel (1 RBI), Murray (1 RBI) and Kevin Wolak (2 RBIs) chipped in two hits with a double from Murray.
    Daniels, Trevor Craig, Lucas Knepp, Jeremy May (1 RBI) and Alex Craig all finished with one hit.
    Geneseo vs. Dixon
    The Leafs captured the win in the third game of the series with Dixon April 11, 12-2, to win the series two games to one.
    Geneseo and Dixon were locked in a 0-0 stalemate through the first two innings, but the Dukes broke the tie in the bottom of the third with a run.
    The Leafs responded with one run in top of the fourth to tie the game up, and then plated seven runs in the top of the fifth to take the 8-1 lead.
    Page 3 of 3 - Geneseo drove in another four runs in the top of the sixth; while Dixon scored one in the bottom of the frame to give GHS the victory.
    “That was really, really big coming off a loss the night before and to go up there and get the win,” said Brucher. “One of the most important parts was Joe Thomas having a two-out RBI single in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1, which took the pressure off, and then we had a big seven-run fifth inning.
    “Adam Stenzel had a two-run single and Jon Solberg had a two-run double, which really got us going. We also had a great outing from Zach Alexander (on the mound).”
    Zach Alexander pitched the win for the Leafs as he gave up two hits, one run and struck out eight. Converse allowed only two hits, one run and struck out one in one inning.
    Thomas (3 RBIs) and Alex Craig paced the Leafs at the plate with three hits apiece, which included a double by Thomas.
    Riffe (3 RBIs), Singbush, Stenzel (3 RBIs), Trevor Craig (1 RBI) and Solberg (2 RBIs) added two hits apiece with two doubles from Solberg and one from Singbush. Daniels finished the game with one hit.
    The Leafs (10-5 overall and 2-2 in the NIB 12) will host Sterling Newman at 10 a.m. April 20 in the a doubleheader.
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