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  • The Geneseo varsity baseball team continued to find success on the diamond with two wins over Streator and the sweep of Sterling in the NIB 12.
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  • The Geneseo varsity baseball team continued to find success on the diamond with two wins over Streator and the sweep of Sterling in the NIB 12.
    Geneseo vs. Streator
    After three scoreless innings of play, the Leafs made the most of the fourth and fifth innings to capture a 10-0 win over visiting Streator May 6.
    “To hold Streator to no runs in two games is just a testament to our pitching staff and also our defense,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “We’ve played very clean defense lately, had good outings on the mound, and executed offensively.”
    The game was locked in a scoreless stalemate through the first three innings until Lane Akre belted out a two-out double to score one run in the first and give Geneseo the 1-0 lead.
    Geneseo went to the plate in the fifth and drove in nine runs to end the game in five innings, 10-0.
    “Lane Akre had a huge hit for us. It was a 0-0 game in the fourth with a runner on second and two outs. Lane came through for us. That was big,” said Brucher. “We blew the game open in the fifth inning, and the key to that was Matt Rowley and Adam Stenzel getting on base to start, and then we strung a few hits together.”
    Greg Rusk pitched the win on the mound for Geneseo as he allowed two hits, no runs and struck out six; while Drew Himmelman earned the save as he gave up no hits and no runs.
    Rayce Singbush (4 RBIs) led the Leafs at the plate with two hits, which included a triple.
    Matt Rowley (1 RBI), Adam Stenzel (1 RBI), Mike Murray (1 RBI), Trevor Craig, Akre (1 RBI) and Alex Craig (1 RBI) all chipped in one hit with a double from Akre.
    Geneseo vs. Streator
    Geneseo dominated host Streator May 5 in varsity baseball action with a 12-0 shut out.
    The Leafs got the scoring started right away with two runs in the first and another three in the second for a 5-0 lead. Geneseo plated four runs in the fifth and drove in three more in the sixth to earn the win.
    Billy Converse pitched a complete game on hill to earn the win as he gave up five hits, no runs and struck out five.
    Leading the offensive effort was Rowley (2 RBIs), Stenzel (2 RBIs), Rusk and Alex Craig (2 RBIs), all with two hits, which included a double from Stenzel. Singbush (1 RBI) and Trevor Craig added one hit apiece.
    Geneseo vs. Sterling
    The Leafs captured the sweep of Sterling in convincing fashion May 2, 14-3 on the road.
    Page 2 of 3 - Geneseo jumped out to a commanding 10-0 lead in the top of the first inning; while Sterling got on the board with one run for a 10-1 score.
    The Leafs scored another run in the second; while Sterling plated two runs in the third for a 11-3 score in favor of Geneseo.
    Geneseo drove in two more runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
    “I think Sterling is young, and they don’t have the pitching depth this year,” said Brucher. “In game one and three we were able to get to their starting pitcher early and get into their bullpen, and we took advantage of that.”
    Zach Alexander pitched the complete game and win on the hill for Geneseo as he allowed five hits, three runs and struck out six.
    Stenzel (3 RBIs) paced the offensive effort for the Leafs with three hits, which included a double.
    Murray (1 RBI) and Rusk chipped in two hits each with a double from Rusk; while Rowley (1 RBI), Singbush, Cooper Humphries (2 RBIs), Zak White and Alex Craig (3 RBIs), all had one hit with a double from Singbush. Trevor Craig finished the game with an RBI.
    Geneseo vs. Sterling
    Geneseo edged out visiting Sterling May 1, 5-3 in conference action at Stone Field.
    “To me, in our three-game schedule, game two is the tough one and is more of a mental challenge,” said Brucher. “If we win game two then we have the momentum and are energized to go for the sweep.”
    Sterling snuck one run across the plate in the top of the first, but Geneseo responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame to go ahead, 2-1. The Leafs extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second.
    The Golden Warriors cut the Leafs’ advantage to one in the top of the fifth, 3-2, but Geneseo countered with one run in the bottom of the frame for a 4-2 score.
    Sterling tacked on another run in the top of the fifth, but again the Leafs responded with one run in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-3 score. The Leafs held off the Golden Warriors in seventh to earn the win.
    Rusk pitched the win as he allowed four hits, two runs and struck out two; while Himmelman recorded the save as he gave up one hit, one run and struck out two.
    Geneseo combined for six hits for the game with Singbush leading the team with two; followed by Rowley (1 RBI), Stenzel, Humphries (2 RBIs) and Akre (1 RBI), all with one hit; which included a double from Akre. Trevor Craig finished the game with an RBI.
    Page 3 of 3 - Geneseo vs. Sterling
    The Geneseo varsity baseball team grabbed win No. 1 over Sterling at home April 30, 10-0.
    The Leafs plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, and then drove in three more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 3-0.
    Geneseo pushed another run across the plate in the bottom of the fourth, and ended the game in five innings with five runs the bottom of the fifth.
    Converse pitched a complete game and only allowed one hit, no runs and struck out four.
    Murray (3 RBIs) paced the Leafs with two hits, which included a double in the third inning.
    Stenzel, Singbush (2 RBIs), Humphries (1 RBI) and Alex Craig (1 RBI) finished the game with one hit apiece.
    “The biggest key has been our pitching staff, especially our starters, Billy, Greg and Zach,” said Brucher. “They all have done an outstanding job.
    “I think we have made good progress at the plate throughout the year, but the key for us is to have a couple guys locked in at the plate. We have a lot of guys who can hit, and so many weapons offensively.”
    The Leafs (19-5-1 overall and 9-1 in the NIB 12) will be on the road next at LaSalle-Peru at 4:30 p.m. May 12.

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