Geneseo’s 14U baseball team won the USSSA 14U AA Illinois State Tournament June 28-June 30.

Geneseo’s 14U baseball team won the USSSA 14U AA Illinois State Tournament June 28-June 30.

The Geneseo G-Sox opened pool play June 28 with an 8-0 win over ESP Select Reds of Plainfield. Keaton Rice contributed two doubles and four RBIs; while Braden Ries pitched three shutout innings and allowed two hits.

In game two of pool play, Geneseo suffered a 5-2 loss to the Antioch Warriors. Marshall Rice had an RBI in the contest.

After pool play, the G-Sox received the No. 8 seed for the single-elimination tournament.

Geneseo shut out Metro Maniacs of Maryville, 7-0 in the first round of the tournament. Trey Johnson went 3-for-3 at the plate; while Marshall Rice pitched a complete game with a two-hit shutout and three strike outs.

The G-Sox moved on to face the No. 1 seeded IL Hitmen of Willowbrook by a score of 6-4. Marshall Rice went 2-for-2 at the plate; Braden Ries pitched five shutout innings, struck out three and gave up two hits to eliminate the overall No 1 seed.

In the semifinal contest, Geneseo edged out No. 13 Tri-County Red Devils, 3-2. Jordan Anderson went 1-for-2 at the plate and scored a run; Conner LeGrand started on the mound and pitched five innings; while Sam Thomas came in and shut down the Red Devils in the last two innings to get the win. Geneseo won the game on a squeeze bunt down the first base line by Dylan Pardoe to score Andrew Benhart in the bottom of the seventh.

The G-Sox ran into the Antioch Warriors again in the championship game where Geneseo emerged victorious, 2-1 over the Warriors to claim the championship. Jacob Pauley pitched a complete game as he allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts that included the last two batters in the bottom of the seventh. Anderson drove in both of the Geneseo runs with a bases loaded double in the fourth inning.

Geneseo is in action this week in the 15U Mickey Mantle Tournament July 10-14 at Stone Field.

The squad also will compete in the Babe Ruth 14U IL State Tournament July 18-21 at Stone Field in Geneseo. The winner will advance to the Babe Ruth 14U Ohio Regional in Jasper County, Ind. July 24-30.

Geneseo is defending Babe Ruth 13U IL State Champions from 2012, 12U Cal Ripken IL State Runner-up in 2011; 11U Cal Ripken IL State Champions in 2010 and 10U Cal Ripken IL State Champions in 2009.