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  • Geneseo softball edges Golden Warriors in 9, 7-6

  • The Geneseo varsity softball team went 3-2 in action this past week, including two conference victories.
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  • The Geneseo varsity softball team went 3-2 in action this past week, including two conference victories.
    Geneseo vs. Sterling
    In a tightly-contested match up between Geneseo and Sterling April 29 in wet, rainy conditions, the Lady Leafs prevailed with a 7-6 victory on the road in nine innings.
    “This was a big conference win and now we are both 4-1, and we both have won all our games except against each other,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “It is a huge conference win, but also it was a really big win for us to learn how to battle through tough games. We had our back against the wall several times, and I am pretty pleased with how they didn’t fold.”
    The Golden Warriors struck first with one run in the first and two in the second to go ahead 3-0.
    Geneseo responded in the third with a Darian Gillette grand slam to put Geneseo up 4-3.
    “It was big that we scratched and clawed to load the bases and it was a huge swing to get us ahead, and then it was a dog fight from then on,” said Pettit.
    Sterling countered in the bottom of the fourth with three runs to take the 6-4 lead, but Geneseo tied the game in the top of the sixth as the squad drove in two runs, 6-6.
    The game remained tied at 6-6 through the seventh and eighth innings. The Lady Leafs pushed the winning run across the plate in the top of the ninth on a Sierra Ricketts sacrifice fly to score Angie Schaumburg.
    “(In the bottom of the ninth), we fought too hard to give up and we really battled and weren’t going to give up,” said Pettit. “Jena Reddig and Hannah Kain really took control of the game. They showed a great deal of leadership and determination to make sure Sterling didn’t sneak back in.”
    Jena Reddig pitched the win as she allowed 15 hits, six runs and struck out eight.
    Maddy Shoemaker and Rachael Varland (1 RBI) led the team with two hits apiece, which included a triple from Varland.
    Gillette’s (4 RBIs) lone hit of the game came in the third on a grand slam shot; while Reddig and Schaumburg (1 RBI) each finished with one hit with a double from Schaumburg. Ricketts ended the day with an RBI.
    Geneseo vs. Kaneland
    Geneseo split its weekend doubleheader with Kaneland April 26.
    Kaneland slid past Geneseo in the first game, 4-3 with Kaneland taking the early 3-1 lead in the first inning. The Lady Leafs brought the game within one with one run in the third, 3-2 and tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth. Kaneland pushed the winning run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
    Page 2 of 4 - Reddig recorded the loss as she allowed seven hits, four runs and struck out two.
    Geneseo combined for seven hits for the game with two apiece from Hannah Kain and Gillette (2 RBIs), which included one double from both. Reddig, Maddie Mackey and Schaumburg added the team’s other three hits.
    The Lady Leafs turned the tables on Kaneland in game two with a convincing 17-9 win.
    Geneseo started off with a 6-5 lead after two innings, and went up 7-5 with one run in the second. The Lady Leafs plated four more runs in the fourth with help from a three-run home run shot by Varland; while Kaneland scored one run for a 11-6 score.
    The Lady Leafs added two more runs in the top of the fifth, and Gillette blasted a grand slam shot in the sixth to give Geneseo the 17-6 advantage. Kaneland finished the game with three runs in the sixth.
    “In the first game, we gave up three runs in the first and we weren’t on our game defensively. It was not a sharp first inning,” said Pettit. “In the second game, our bats came alive and when that happens everyone joins in and that can be really awesome.”
    Jennifer Yager pitched the win as she gave up three hits, one run and struck out three; while Gillette allowed five hits, five runs and struck out one, and Andrea Wagoner gave up four hits, three runs and struck out one.
    Varland (7 RBIs) led the way for the Lady Leafs as she went 5-for-5 for the game with a home run and a double.
    Ricketts chipped in three hits with a double; while Reddig (1 RBI), Kain, Gillette (7 RBIs), Maddie Mackey, Yager (1 RBI) and Schaumburg (1 RBI) chipped in two hits apiece with a grand slam from Gillette and a double from Reddig.
    Geneseo vs. Streator
    In conference action April 25, the Lady Leafs traveled to Streator and caged the Bulldogs, 19-7.
    “We just scored early and often,” said Pettit. “Streator is a quality team, but we just scored early and they thought they were out of the game.”
    The Lady Leafs jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the first inning, and tacked on four more runs in the top of the second. Streator got on the board in the bottom of the second with one run for a 11-1 score.
    Both squads plated one run in the third; while the Lady Leafs drove in three runs in the fourth and Streator had one for a 15-3 score. The Bulldogs scored three runs in the fifth; while Geneseo capped off the game with four runs in the seventh and Streator scored another run in the bottom of the frame.
    Page 3 of 4 - Reddig pitched the win as she allowed three hits, two runs and struck out three; while Yager gave up six hits, five runs and struck out four.
    Ricketts (2 RBIs) paced the Lady Leafs at the plate with five hits; while Mackey (1 RBI) chipped in four hits with one double.
    Kain (7 RBIs), Gillette (1 RBI), Varland (1 RBI) and Rusk (2 RBIs) added three hits apiece with doubles from Kain, Gillette with two and Rusk. Reddig and Yager (3 RBIs) finished the game with two hits each; while Kelsey Etter and Schaumburg (1 RBI) had one hit apiece.
    Geneseo vs. Ottawa
    After a tough loss the night before, the Lady Leafs rebounded with a shut-out road win over Ottawa, 5-0.
    Geneseo plated the first run of the game in the top of the first, and added another run in the top of the fourth for a 2-0 lead.
    The Lady Leafs drove in three runs in the top of the fifth with help from a two-run home run shot by Gillette to secure the win.
    Reddig pitched a complete game where she allowed three hits, no runs and struck out seven.
    Shoemaker and Reddig (2 RBIs) led the Lady Leafs at the plate with two hits apiece. Gillette (2 RBIs) and Rusk added one hit each with a home run from Gillette.
    Geneseo vs. UT
    The UT Panthers stole the victory from the host Lady Leafs in nine innings in a rainy non-conference showdown April 23, 6-4.
    “After the game, I just remember saying that playing this game has to make us better because it is a game that could have gone either way and I hoped we learned from it,” said Pettit. “I really believe it helped us in the Sterling game. It helped us remain composed.”
    Geneseo took the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but UT tied the game in the top of the second at 1-1. The Lady Leafs regained the lead, 3-1 in the bottom of the second when they plated two runs.
    Both squads drove in one run in the third for a 4-2 score in favor of Geneseo. UT pushed two runs across the plate in the fifth to tie the game at 4-4.
    The game remained tied 4-4 through the seventh and eighth innings, and the Panthers snuck two runs across the plate in the top of the ninth to go ahead 6-4, and Geneseo was held scoreless in the bottom of the frame.
    Reddig recorded the loss as she allowed 12 hits, six runs and struck out four.
    Reddig (2 RBIs) led the team with three hits, which included a double; while Shoemaker had two hits, and Ricketts (1 RBI), Kain (1 RBI) and Yager each had one hit.
    Page 4 of 4 - The Lady Leafs (15-5 overall and 4-1 in the NIB 12) will next host Galesburg at 4:30 p.m. May 5.
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