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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Lady Leafs stumble vs. Sterling

  • The Geneseo varsity softball team had a tough week in conference play suffering two losses, but grabbed a weekend victory at home.
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  • The Geneseo varsity softball team had a tough week in conference play suffering two losses, but grabbed a weekend victory at home.
    Geneseo vs. Sterling
    Geneseo ran into trouble on the diamond April 16 in the form of visiting Sterling as the Golden Warriors dominated the Lady Leafs at the plate for a 13-2 victory.
    “We knew we were inexperienced, but we had hoped we made more progress,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “Our inexperience showed we were intimidated by a good team. We just didn’t execute and once momentum got going the wrong direction we didn’t have the experience to come back.
    “A more experienced team doesn’t compound errors, and once we made a couple errors it was contagious and we couldn’t turn it around.”
    After two innings the game remained scoreless, but Sterling changed things in the top of the third with three runs to take the lead.
    The following inning, the Golden Warriors knocked in six runs to put them up 9-0, and continued to hold the Lady Leafs scoreless.
    Sterling posted four more runs in the seventh; while Geneseo finally got onto the board in the bottom of the frame with home runs by Darian Gillette and Hannah Kain.
    Jena Reddig recorded the loss for Geneseo as she gave up seven hits, six runs and struck out two; while Jennifer Yager allowed 10 hits, seven runs and struck out two.
    Sterling belted out 13 runs off 17 hits; while Geneseo has held to only two hits from Gillette (1 RBI) and Kain (1 RBI).
    Geneseo vs. Pontiac
    The Lady Leafs rebounded from a loss the night before to knock off Pontiac, 11-3 April 13 in Geneseo.
    “The girls road with positive momentum and that got contagious and everyone did well,” said Pettit. “Our lack of experience causes us to go up and down. We played poorly Friday, good Saturday and poorly Tuesday. We just have to get more consistent.”
    Geneseo took the early 6-0 lead with one run in the first and five in the second. Pontiac got on the board with two runs in the fourth, but Geneseo responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame for the 8-2 GHS lead.
    The Lady Leafs drove in two more runs in the bottom of the fifth; while both teams scored one run in the sixth. Geneseo was able to hold Pontiac scoreless in the seventh for the win.
    Reddig received the win as she gave up five hits, three runs and struck out six; while Andrea Wagoner recorded the save as she allowed three hits, no runs and struck out four.
    Page 2 of 2 - At the plate, Sierra Ricketts, Reddig (3 RBIs), Gillette (2 RBIs), Rachael Varland (1 RBI) and Maddy Shoemaker (1 RBI) led the way with two hits apiece, which included two doubles from Varland and one from Ricketts.
    Yager (2 RBIs), Kain (1 RBI) and Carley Rusk each finished with one hit, including a double from Yager and Kain.
    Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
    Geneseo and LaSalle-Peru were locked in a close battle through five innings April 12 in conference action in Geneseo. The Cavaliers were able to emerge victorious with a 6-0 win and hand Geneseo its first conference loss.
    “It was a cold night and again that goes with experience to have that mental toughness and to play through adversity,” said Pettit. “We didn’t do that very well.
    “We didn’t play to the best of our capabilities, and we were either intimidated by the presence of L-P or the weather conditions. We didn’t play to our potential.”
    After five scoreless innings, L-P broke the stalemate as the Cavaliers drove in four runs. L-P plated two more runs in the top of the seventh to claim the victory.
    Reddig recorded the loss as she allowed five hits, one run and struck out one; while Yager gave up six hits and five runs.
    Geneseo was held scoreless on six hits as Yager led the team with two hits. Ricketts, Hannah Johnson, Megan Shoemaker and Rusk added the team’s other four hits, which included a double by Johnson.
    “It is difficult for those girls (like freshmen Rachael Varland and Maddy Shoemaker and sophomore Carley Rusk) because they are playing very hard, working hard at the game and learning under fire,” said Pettit of the freshmen and sophomores jumping in at the varsity level right away.
    “Unfortunately, they are not getting that year or two of JV to hone their skills. It is really hard to do, but they are learning and I feel we will be a better team at the end of the season.”
    The Lady Leafs (5-7 overall and 3-2 in the NIB 12) will be in action this weekend in a doubleheader against Erie/Prophetstown at 10 a.m. April 20 in Geneseo.
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