The Lady Leafs’ softball team started the season undefeated, and Geneseo pitching is showing poise in high-pressure situations.

The Lady Leafs’ softball team started the season undefeated, and Geneseo pitching is showing poise in high-pressure situations.

Rockridge at Geneseo

The Lady Leafs ran into adversity, but Geneseo remained composed and rallied for an 11-4 victory against the Rockets at the J.F. Edwards Complex on March 14.

Delaney Ostrowski earned the win in the circle pitching four scoreless innings in relief while allowing just one hit to six strikeouts.

After falling behind 4-0, Geneseo rallied at the plate with a three-run third inning to vault them back into the game.

Delaney Ostrowski singled driving in a run to get the scoring started in the third inning.

Geneseo’s Allison Yager singed to drive in another run, and Anna McAvoy knocked in another run with a single.

Ostrowski tied the game up with an RBI single in the fourth inning, and the Lady Leafs’ took the lead for good with a three-run home run from Bailey Spindel in the next at-bat.

A sophomore, Bailey Mitchell hit a solo home run in the sixth.

Eden McAvoy smashed a three-run home run to cap the sixth inning Geneseo scoring splurge.

Orion at Geneseo

The Lady Leafs made clutch plays to come away with a 6-1 victory at the J.F. Edwards Complex on March 15.

GHS’ Ostrowski earned her second win of the season pitching five innings while allowing just one unearned run on six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Orion got a run across in the third inning on a single to bring the score to 3-1, but a groundout to Kaitlyn McKeag at first ended the inning.

The Leafs’ pitching duo of Jane Thomas and Ostrowski have been able to pitch well in pressure situations because of the trust they have in their defense on the diamond.

“It’s awesome to know you can come out here and do your job and the defense is going to work for you,” Ostrowski said. “I had a few bloops that were hit and knowing that my defense was going to come back and pick me right back up — that is the greatest feeling.”

With Geneseo leading 5-1 in the fifth inning, Thomas faced a similar situation facing the bases loaded with two out.

A pop fly near the fence of the visitor’s dugout was caught by third baseman Mary Thomas ending the threat to keep the Chargers off the board.

In the bottom of the fifth, Mary Thomas showed that same confidence at the plate hitting a solo home run to the parking lot.

“In my head, before I went up to bat, I thought I was really feeling it,” Mary Thomas said. “In my last at-bat, I had a rough time and popped it up. My teammates picked me up, I got out there and thought I could do it. I believed in myself and it was a nice hit.”

Geneseo staked an early 2-0 in the first inning.

Ostrowski scored on an error and Anna McAvoy drove in a run with a single.

The Lady Leafs added two more runs in the fourth inning with Yager and McKeag each plating a runner each with a ground ball.

Ostrowski finished 3-for-4 with a double, and Yager finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Alleman at Geneseo

Geneseo’s Jane Thomas and Ostrowski combined to pitch a two-hit shutout to earn the Lady Leafs a win over the Pioneers with double-digit wind gusts blowing through the J.F. Edwards Complex on March 19.

Jane Thomas picked up her first win of the season pitching six strong innings allowing one hit with three walks and nine strikeouts.

Ostrowski tallied her first save of the season allowing one hit with a strikeout in the final frame.

“It gives both of us a lot of confidence to know that we have someone who can come in and finish it once we have gone through the lineup,” Jane Thomas said, “And when we are getting weaker we have the outfield that can play the wind right and get all the outs we need.”

A senior, Jane Thomas did well pitching her way through stressful innings.

In the sixth inning, Jane Thomas set the Pioneers lineup down in order with three fly outs to Geneseo’s Yager in left field.

With runners on first and second in the second inning, Thomas fielded a comebacker and threw out the runner at first to preserve a 1-0 lead.

After Mary Thomas’ RBI single in the second inning gave Geneseo the lead, Yager singled home a run to expand the Lady Leafs advantage.

Yager believes the biggest strength of the Lady Leafs might be coming through in tough situations.

“We work a lot on mental strength,” Yager said. “We are always out in the cold and dealing with adversity to build that mental strength because we are put into situations in games you can’t really emulate in practice.”

Geneseo’s mental toughness was tested in the top of the seventh. A double play ball resulted in no outs after the umpire determined Geneseo’s player didn’t make contact with second base for the force out.

With one out and the go-ahead run coming to the plate, Ostrowski managed to get a groundout for the second out and struck out the final batter to end the game.

Ostrowski finished 3-for-3 with a double, and Anna McAvoy finished with a pair of hits and a run scored.

Geneseo at Dunlap

The Lady Leafs offense hung a crooked number in the first inning and rode to an 8-1 victory at Dunlap High School on March 20.

Spindel hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give Geneseo the lead.

Jane Thomas drove in two runs with a single with two outs, and Mitchell followed by driving in two more runs.

Caitlin Gilmore singled to drive in a run to push Geneseo’s lead to seven.

A senior, Gilmore added another run with a single in the third inning, and Ostrowski earned her third win of the season in the circle.

A junior, Ostrowski pitched five innings allowed three hits and one run with four walks and five strikeouts.

Jane Thomas finished the game with two hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts.

Gilmore was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Mitchell finished with a triple and two RBIs.