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  • Lady Leafs capture pair of NIB 12 victories

  • The Geneseo varsity softball team nabbed two conference wins this past week, but also suffered a non-conference loss at home.
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  • The Geneseo varsity softball team nabbed two conference wins this past week, but also suffered a non-conference loss at home.
    Geneseo vs. Streator
    Geneseo jumped out to an early lead on visiting Streator and never looked back as the Lady Leafs notched an 11-3 conference win May 6.
    “The mental game has a lot to do with it,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “We had already beaten Streator pretty handily at Streator, and when we jumped out 6-0 that got Streator in the frame of mind that they wouldn’t beat us.”
    The Lady Leafs opened the game with three runs first and drove in three more in the third for the 6-0 advantage.
    Streator got on the board in the fourth with two runs; while both squads plated one run in the fifth for a 7-3 score.
    Geneseo capped off the game with four runs in the sixth.
    Jena Reddig pitched the wi for Geneseo as she allowed four hits, three runs and struck out nine.
    Reddig (3 RBIs) helped her cause as she went 3-for-4 at the plate with one double; while Rachael Varland (4 RBIs) also went 3-for-4, which included a pair of triples.
    Maddy Shoemaker (1 RBI) and Darian Gillette (1 RBI) chipped in two hits apiece with two doubles from Gillette; while Sierra Ricketts, Hannah Kain, Maddie Mackey (1 RBI) and Carley Rusk, all finished with one hit with a double from Kain.
    “Maddie Mackey has performed extremely well at the JV level and proved she can hit, play defense and pitch,” said Pettit. “Now we just have to figure out how she fits into our equation.”
    Geneseo vs. Galesburg
    The Lady Leafs got off to a rocky start May 5 against Galesburg and couldn’t recover as the girls fell 8-3 at home.
    “We were flat and just didn’t make the plays we normally do,” said Pettit. “We gave them six outs and had some plays we needed to make. Galesburg is capable of beating anybody, and we just didn’t come with our ‘A’ game.
    “Once Galesburg started feeling like they would win, they started making fantastic plays they never make. When you give a team a reason to believe, you give them hope and they rose to the occasion.”
    Galesburg jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first, and tacked on two more runs in the fifth to go ahead 7-0.
    The Streaks plated one run in the top of the seventh; while Geneseo finally got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the frame, but it was too late.
    Page 2 of 2 - Gillette recorded the loss for Geneseo as she allowed eight hits, five runs and struck out four. Jennifer Yager gave up four hits and two runs; while Mackey allowed three hits and one run, and Andrea Wagoner gave up no hits and no runs.
    Offensively, Shoemaker led the effort as she went 4-for-4; followed by Kain (1 RBI) with two hits.
    Ricketts (2 RBIs) and Mackey finished the game with one hit apiece, which included a double from Ricketts.
    “Maddy Shoemaker has been as consistent as anyone all year long and has been a great lead off batter,” said Pettit. “The rest of the girls are doing well, too, but Rachael Varland has been coming on strong lately. She is on fire right now.
    “When you can go up and down the line up and have everyone be a threat, you are tough to stop.”
    Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru
    An early jump on the host Cavaliers helped the Lady Leafs notch a 6-2 road victory May 1 in conference play.
    “We were very focused defensively and didn’t give up anything easy,” said Pettit. “We didn’t take L-P for granted and played hard from the beginning. We got the lead and didn’t settle.”
    Geneseo opened play with a 1-0 lead after the first and a 2-0 lead after three innings.
    The Lady Leafs added another run in the fifth off a solo home run by Kain; while LaSalle-Peru got on the board with one run in the bottom of the frame for a 3-1 score.
    Geneseo plated three more runs in the top of the sixth with help from a two-run homer by Reddig to extend the squad’s advantage to 6-2 for the win.
    “We had the lead and then L-P scored, but the fact we answered right after that was really important,” said Pettit. “Us coming back and scoring took the game away.”
    Reddig pitched a complete game for Geneseo as she allowed five hits, two runs and struck out five.
    Reddig (2 RBIs), Kain (2 RBIs) and Shoemaker paced the team at the plate with two hits apiece, which included home runs by Reddig and Kain.
    Ricketts, Gillette, Varland and Yager (1 RBI) chipped in one hit apiece.
    The Lady Leafs (17-6 overall and 6-1 in the NIB 12) will be in action at 11 a.m. May 10 in a doubleheader at Pontiac.
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