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  • GHS baseball downs Dukes, Rocks

  • The Geneseo varsity baseball team went 2-1 on the diamond this past week with wins over Dixon and Rock Island, but a loss at home to Morris.
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  • The Geneseo varsity baseball team went 2-1 on the diamond this past week with wins over Dixon and Rock Island, but a loss at home to Morris.
    Geneseo vs. Dixon
    Geneseo opened conference play April 15 on the right side of the win column as the Leafs bested visiting Dixon, 8-1.
    “It is always good to start off on the right foot and be one up - not one down - in the conference,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “But it is marathon, not a sprint.”
    The Leafs scored runs in the first four innings to earn the win. Geneseo plated one run in the first and one in the second to go ahead 2-0.
    Dixon snuck a run across the plate in the top of the third, but Geneseo responded with five runs in the bottom of the frame for the 7-1 advantage.
    The Leafs drove in one more run in the bottom of the fourth, and managed to hold off the Dukes through the remainder of the contest for the win.
    Billy Converse pitched a complete game on the hill for Geneseo as he allowed only one run, four hits and struck out five.
    “I think we responded very well in the series opener with Dixon, swung the bats well and scored eight runs in the first four innings,” said Brucher. “Billy pitched another great game and had a solid outing.”
    Adam Stenzel, Rayce Singbush, Cooper Humphries (2 RBIs) and Trevor Craig (2 RBIs) led the team at the plate with two hits apiece, which included a double from Humphries.
    Joe Thomas added one hit; while Alex Craig finished with two RBIs and Jeremy May had one RBI.
    Geneseo vs. Morris
    Visiting Morris jumped out to an early lead on Geneseo, and the Leafs were unable to recover April 12 as the Redskins defeated the Leafs, 5-1.
    “Saturday was a combination of things, No. 1 Morris’ pitcher did a very good job of keeping us off balance with a lot of off speed pitches, and we didn’t have a very good day at the plate,” said Brucher. “No. 2, we fell behind early and didn’t play well defensively and didn’t pitch well.”
    Morris plated three runs in the opening inning and one more in the second for the 4-0 advantage. The Redskins drove in another run in the top of the fifth; while their defense continued to hold the Leafs scoreless.
    Geneseo got on the board in the bottom of the seventh with its only run of the game.
    Page 2 of 2 - Alex Christensen recorded the loss on the hill for Geneseo as he gave up five hits, four runs and struck out one. Zach Alexander allowed only one hit and struck out one; while Drew Himmelman gave up two hits, one run and struck out two. Jonathan Dahl allowed no hits and no runs.
    Leading Geneseo’s offense was Matt Rowley (1 RBI) and Alex Craig with two hits apiece.
    Singbush, Mike Murray, Trevor Craig and Lane Akre added one hit each with a double from Akre.
    Geneseo vs. Rock Island
    After trailing 3-0 after the third inning, the Leafs rallied to take the lead and earn the 8-3 victory over Rock Island April 10 on the road.
    The Leafs were held scoreless through the first four innings; while Rock Island drove in two runs in the first and one in the third to go ahead 3-0.
    Geneseo got on the board and took the lead in the fifth as the Leafs plated five runs with help from a three-run home run shot from Murray. The Leafs drove in three more runs in the sixth to extend their lead and seal the victory.
    Greg Rusk pitched the win as he allowed six hits, three runs and struck out four; while Dahl gave up no hits, no runs and struck out one.
    “One of the biggest things (against Rock Island) was Greg Rusk on the mound,” said Brucher. “He struggled at first in a couple innings, but, to his credit, he regrouped and really ended up pitching a solid game.”
    Stenzel (3 RBIs) led the offensive charge for Geneseo with three hits, which included two doubles.
    Murray (3 RBIs), Rowley (1 RBI), Singbush (1 RBI), Humphries, Trevor Craig and Zak White, all chipped in one hit with a home run by Murray.
    “We have several guys who have ‘gap power’ to hit more than just singles,” said Brucher. “That was a big hit for Mike at a big time. He came up earlier in the game with the bases loaded and hit the ball hard to second, and came up again and hit it to straight away center.
    “Adam Stenzel also had a nice day at the plate with two doubles and three RBIs. It was a good come from behind win.”
    The Leafs (9-3-1 overall and 1-0 in the NIB 12) will next host Ottawa at 4:30 p.m. April 21 at Stone Field.

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