The Geneseo varsity softball team went 3-2 on the diamond this past week with key conference wins over Ottawa and Streator.
Geneseo vs. Ottawa
The Lady Leafs took an early lead in their contest with Ottawa April 30, and a late run in the seventh allowed them to escape with a 5-4 victory.
“I don’t know what really happened, we came out hammering pretty hard, and then weren’t effective hitting until Jena hit one out in the seventh,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “These girls do play well at the end of games, and, for the most part, if they are in the game they give it their best shot to get the win, and we did that.”
Geneseo jumped out ahead 4-0 in the first inning, highlighted by a home run by Hannah Kain. Ottawa got on the board in the second with one run for the 4-1 score.
The Pirates drove in another run in the fourth and two in the fifth to tie the game 4-4.
Geneseo was able to hold off the Pirates through the sixth and seventh innings, and in the bottom of the seventh, Jena Reddig belted out a home run for the win.
Reddig pitched the win as she allowed six hits, four runs and struck out 12.
Reddig (1 RBI) and Kain (2 RBIs) led the Lady Leafs at the plate with two hits apiece — Reddig with a double and a home run and Kain, a home run.
“Jena pitched a complete game for us and really came through with the home run. She was determined to win that game,” said Pettit. “Hannah Kain also had a great game from behind the plate she did extremely well, gunned down a runner and had a good throw down to third.”
Maddy Shoemaker, Hannah Johnson, Jennifer Yager (1 RBI), Carley Rusk and Rachael Varland, all added one hit; while Darian Gillette finished with an RBI.
Geneseo vs. UT
Geneseo suffered a tough road loss to the UT Panthers April 29, 11-1.
“We just did a lot of things wrong,” said Pettit. “We made errors, completely missed some plays, and just didn’t play well enough to win. You can’t do that against a good team like UT.”
UT drove in two runs to start the game and put another eight runs on the board in the third for the 10-0 advantage.
Geneseo drove in its only run of the game in fourth; while UT scored one more run in the seventh to secure the win.
Page 2 of 3 - Andrea Wagoner received the loss as she allowed four hits and four runs. Yager gave up two hits and four runs; while Reddig allowed nine hits and three runs.
Geneseo combined for seven hits for the game as Gillette led the team with three hits, which included one double.
Kain (1 RBI) added two hits with a double; while Maddy Shoemaker and Alexis Woodruff finished with one hit apiece.
Geneseo vs. Kaneland
The Lady Leafs split in a weekend doubleheader with Kaneland April 27.
Kaneland won the first game, 8-3. After two innings of play, Kaneland led 3-2 as the Lady Leafs scored one run in the first and one in the second. Kaneland plated two more runs in the third for the 5-2 advantage. Geneseo drove in one run in the fifth; while Kaneland pushed three more across the plate for the 8-3 win.
Reddig recorded the loss as she gave up six hits, five runs and struck out one; while Yager allowed eight hits, three runs and struck out two.
Yager and Gillette (1 RBI) led the team with two hits apiece, which included a double from Gillette.
Maddy Shoemaker, Reddig (1 RBI), Kain, Dalee Medley and Angie Schaumburg added one hit each, which included a home run shot by Reddig. Rusk finished the game with an RBI.
Geneseo rebounded to take game two, 13-10 in extra innings as the Lady Leafs opened with a 3-0 lead after the first. Kaneland took control of the lead 6-3 in the fourth, but Geneseo tied the game with three runs in the sixth, 6-6.
The Lady Leafs regained the advantage with two runs in the seventh, but Kaneland tied the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings.
Both teams were held scoreless in the eighth. Geneseo plated five runs in the top of the ninth for the lead, and held Kaneland to only two runs of the win.
Gillette pitched the win as she allowed nine hits and four runs; while Yager gave up five hits and three runs, and Andrea Wagoner allowed three hits and three runs.
Gillette (3 RBIs) and Kain (7 RBIs) paced the Lady Leafs with four hits apiece, which included three home runs by Kain and one from Gillette.
Sierra Ricketts, Maddy Shoemaker, Reddig, Medley and Wagoner chipped in two hits each; while Megan Shoemaker (2 RBIs) had one hit, and Yager had an RBI. Reddig contributed two doubles, Medley had one and Megan Shoemaker had a home run.
Geneseo vs. Streator
Trailing 4-0 after four innings, the Lady Leafs clawed their way back to steal the conference win, 6-4 over host Streator April 25.
Page 3 of 3 - “We were down 4-0 and it just didn’t seem like we could get anything going until the sixth,” said Pettit. “We got a couple going and then really exploded in the seventh.”
The Bulldogs struck first with two runs in the second and two in the third for the 4-0 lead. The Lady Leafs got on the board with one run in the fifth and one run in the sixth to cut Streator’s lead to two, 4-2.
In the seventh, Geneseo pushed four runs across the plate to take the lead; while the Lady Leaf defense was able to hold off the Bulldogs in the bottom of the frame for the come-from-behind win.
Yager recorded the win as she allowed only two hits, no runs and struck out three. Reddig gave up four hits, four runs and struck out two.
Offensively, Reddig (2 RBIs), Gillette (2 RBIs) and Medley led the way with two hits apiece, which included a double from Reddig and Gillette.
Ricketts (1 RBI), Maddy Shoemaker, Yager and Schaumburg added one hit each; while Rusk finished with an RBI.
The Lady Leafs (9-11 overall and 5-2 in the NIB 12) will be on the road today at 4:30 p.m. against Orion.