The Lady Leafs’ softball team battled Rochelle, was upset by Ottawa and rallied for a win over ranked Kaneland.

The Lady Leafs’ softball team battled Rochelle, was upset by Ottawa and rallied for a win over ranked Kaneland.

Geneseo at Rochelle

The Lady Leafs’ Delaney Ostrowski pitched a one-hit shutout to lead Geneseo to an 8-0 victory on April 24.

Ostrowski finished the game with no walks and nine strikeouts to improve to 6-1 on the season.

With Geneseo leading 1-0 in the fourth, Ostrowski drew a walk to bring home a run, and Caitlin Gilmore singled to drive in two runs with the bases juiced to highlight a five-run frame.

Ostrowski and Gilmore expanded Geneseo’s lead in the sixth inning.

Ostrowski doubled to drive in a run, and Gilmore followed with a double to score Ostrowski.

Ava Bieneman had a pair of hits, and Anna McAvoy singled and drove in a run.

Geneseo at Ottawa

The Lady Pirates snuck past the Lady Leafs for a 3-2 victory on April 26.

Ottawa’s Jenna Nink hit a two-run home run in the third inning and added a run in the fifth inning.

Geneseo’s Allison Yager drove in a run in the fourth, and she scored Ostrowski on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Ottawa’s Sloan Gayan had a solid outing pitching a complete game allowing two runs on five hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts.

Kaneland at Geneseo

An eight-run third inning pushed the Lady Leafs past the Knights for an 8-2 victory at the J.F. Edwards Complex on April 27.

Geneseo had seven consecutive runners reach base in the third inning to take the lead.

Gilmore and Ostrowski each doubled and drove in a run, and Yager hit an opposite field two-run home run.

Following the home run, Geneseo’s Kaitlyn McKeag immediately got on base with a single to put the pressure right back on Kaneland.

A senior first baseman, McKeag thinks the attitude of the team is not to dwell on the negative after a loss like Ottawa.

“I think we do a good job of coming back and picking each other up,” said McKeag who finished with two hits. “I think it’s our key to success because if one person gets down it’s easy for us all to spiral.”

Geneseo loaded the bases and Bailey Mitchell singled to drive in a run, and Bieneman singled home another run in the next at-bat.

Jane Thomas singled to drive in two more and cap the Leafs scoring.

Thomas earned the win in the circle pitching six-plus innings allowing one run on five hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

Thomas believed that after the loss to Ottawa the Lady Leafs had something to prove.

“I think after a tough game, we wanted to come back and prove we are still a good team,” Jane said.

While Geneseo broke the game open with a big inning, Lady Leafs’ coach Pat Mitchell wants to see the team to not be satisfied.

“The only concern is we didn’t tack on runs when we had opportunities,” Mitchell said. “We hit the ball hard, so we can’t fault that. But we need to tack on runs because a day like this, this place looks like Wrigley field with the wind blowing out."

Bieneman was outstanding with three hits and an RBI, and Bailey Spindel hit a double and tallied an RBI.

Mary Thomas finished with a pair of hits, and Cora Varland slashed a double.