The Geneseo varsity baseball team went 3-0 this past week with narrow victories over Rock Falls and Sterling Newman.
Geneseo vs. Rock Falls
Geneseo nabbed a close victory in non-conference action April 22, 4-3 over visiting Rock Falls.
“Rock Falls has been a very good baseball program and have a very solid team this year,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “It was a game where the wind was blowing toward right field and knocking down a lot of balls hit to left. It was a pitchers’ ball game.”
After three scoreless innings, Rock Falls struck first in the top of the fourth with three runs, but Geneseo responded with one run in the bottom of the frame for the 3-1 score.
The Leafs cut the lead to one as they plated one run in the bottom of the fifth, 3-2, and Geneseo pushed two runs across the plate in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win off an Adam Stenzel two-out two-run walk off double.
“Jeremy May got a lead- off walk, we got him to second, and Rock Falls intentionally walked Zach Riffe,” said Brucher. “Adam Stenzel came up with a big hit on a 3-1 fastball to the left center gap to score the tieing run and Zach Riffe scored the winning run. It was an exciting win for us.”
Nathan Yager pitched the win as he allowed only one hit, no runs and struck out one. Billy Converse gave up five hits, three runs and struck out four.
Geneseo’s only two hits of the game came from Zach Riffe (1 RBI) and Stenzel (2 RBIs) with a double from Stenzel.
Geneseo vs. Sterling
The Leafs slide past visiting Sterling Newman twice in their April 20 doubleheader, 8-7 and 3-2 at Stone Field.
In game one, Newman jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, but Geneseo cut the lead to one, 3-2 in the third. The Leafs plated five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the 7-3 advantage, but Newman tied the game in the top of the sixth with four runs, 7-7. Geneseo drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh off a one-out walk off single by Trevor Craig to score Rayce Singbush.
Singbush recorded the win in relief as he gave up no hits, no runs and struck out two. Zach Alexander allowed four hits, three runs and struck out five; while Greg Rusk gave up three hits, four runs and struck out two.
Riffe (2 RBIs), Trevor Craig (2 RBIs), Yager and Zak White led the team with two hits apiece, which included a double from Yager.
Page 2 of 2 - Singbush and Joe Thomas (2 RBIs) chipped in one hit apiece; while Michael Daniels had an RBI.
In game two, Newman again took the early lead, 1-0 in the second, but Geneseo tied the game at 1-1 in the third. The Leafs scored the go-ahead run in the fourth, 2-1. In the sixth, Newman tied the game at 2-2, but the Leafs responded with one run in the bottom of the sixth for the win.
“You always want to get the first one in a doubleheader, but we got behind early and fortunately we were able to score in the seventh,” said Brucher. “The key in game two was again we were up, they tied it and we responded. That has been the story of our one-run wins, we have been able to respond in a positive fashion.”
Jonathan Dahl pitched the win for Geneseo as he gave up no hits and one run; while Singbush recorded the save as he allowed no hits, no runs and struck out one.
Nevada Nilsson allowed two hits, one run and struck out one; while Alex Christensen gave up no hits and no runs.
At the plate, Stenzel, Singbush and Lucas Knepp led the team with two hits apiece; while Daniels (1 RBI) and Jeremy May (1 RBI) finished with one hit each.
“We are now almost 20 games into the season and at the half-way point,” said Brucher. “I think the guys are feeling more comfortable now. Offensively, we are doing a nice job and our pitching is solid. We are making progress and moving in the right direction.
“As a coach, I am gaining more and more faith in the guys we have on the bench to come in and fill in where they are needed. As we say ‘their stock is on the rise’”
The Leafs (13-5 overall and 2-2 in the NIB 12) will be on the road tonight at 4:30 p.m. against Sterling.