Pitching and defense have become the staple of the Maple Leafs baseball team.

Pitching and defense have become the staple of the Maple Leafs baseball team.

Geneseo’s great play on the mound and in the field led them to wins over Orion, LaSalle-Peru and a pair of wins against Rochelle.

Orion at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs’ Braden Robinson and Jordan Anderson held the Chargers offense at bay, and Geneseo hit three doubles in the third inning

to pave their way to a 3-2 victory at Stone Field on April 19.

Robinson earned the win on the mound pitching five-plus innings allowing two runs on three hits.

Anderson notched the save pitching a hitless final inning and two-thirds.

Robinson said his strategy isn’t to strike out the side, but he wants to let the defense do the work and turn ground balls into outs.

However, having catchers like Keaton Rice and Kyle Toone to guide who are able to keep runners honest on the basepaths is another way the Leafs defense can change a game.

“It makes me feel like I have to step up my game,” Robinson said. “(Keaton) is amazing, and I feel like I have to match his level. It helps me because I know nobody is going to be stealing off him.”

In the seventh inning, Geneseo’s Dylan Pardoe threw out a runner from short from deep in the hole to keep the tying run from reaching base.

After giving up a run in the sixth, Geneseo had the gloves working turning a double play to end the inning.

Pardoe gunned down the final out on a grounder to end the game.

“I think one of our strong points is getting groundballs and making good throws,” Pardoe said. “I think that is what good defense is for us.”

Geneseo’s Keaton Rice finished 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a RBI.

The Leafs’ Jacob Pauley and Pardoe each doubled for Geneseo.

Kyle Wise and Jordan Jackson each doubled and drove in a run for the Leafs.

Geneseo at LaSalle-Peru

The Maple Leafs couldn’t be stopped at the plate earning a 14-7 victory to take the NIB 12 Conference series at Veteran’s Park on April 20.

After a slow start at the plate, Geneseo’s bats heated up during the team’s spring trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Leafs’ have continued to hit the ball hard since returning home, and scored five runs in the first inning and three runs in the second.

Geneseo’s Jackson finished 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs, and Marshall Rice hit a pair of doubles with three RBIs.

Tyler Thompson drove in two runs with a single, and Pardoe tripled and stole two bases.

Keaton Rice hit a pair of singles and drove in a run, and Wise hit a double to bring home a score.

Anderson singled to bring home a run, and Jaren Brucher picked up the win on the mound.

Rochelle at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs’ Pauley was untouchable allowing just one hit in a complete-game shutout against the Hubs at Stone Field on April 24.

Geneseo nabbed a 1-0 victory behind three hits in the conference opener as Pauley finished with six strikeouts.

The Leafs were able to scratch across a run in the third inning as Anderson singled to score Thompson.

Geneseo at Rochelle

The Maple Leafs’ pitchers continued to shut down the Hubs earning a 12-0 victory in six innings at Rochelle High School on April 25.

Geneseo’s Marshall Rice put on a clinic holding Rochelle to one hit without allowing a walk while striking out eight.

The Leafs’ Keaton Rice hit two mammoth home runs to the opposite field, and Humphries hit a two-run homer in the first inning to stake the Leafs to an early lead.

Keaton Rice finished with five RBIs and 10 total bases in the game, and Pauley smacked a three RBI double.

The Maple Leafs improve to 18-3 overall and 6-2 in the NIB 12 conference.