Top-seeded Dunlap exploited Geneseo’s weaknesses defeating the Maple Leafs 10-0 in six innings in the regional semifinal at Stone Field, on May 23.

A saying heard in baseball dugouts is there are two kinds of players: those who have been humbled by the game, and those who are about to be humbled.

Top-seeded Dunlap exploited Geneseo’s weaknesses defeating the Maple Leafs 10-0 in six innings in the regional semifinal at Stone Field, on May 23.

Baseball is all about making adjustments to failure inherent in the game.

Although Geneseo had won three consecutive regional titles, a string of injuries hindered Geneseo’s ability to make those necessary adjustments this season.

“We faced a lot of adversity this year,” Geneseo Coach Scott Christensen said. “We lost our No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers before the season even started. In the middle of the season, we lost one of our starting catchers. No matter what our record was, when those guys came to practice every day, they had a great attitude. You never knew what our record was. They just wanted to get better.”

Dunlap scored four runs in the first inning and added five more runs in the third inning.

A junior, Jake Winslow gave Geneseo (10-22) two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The Maple Leafs’ Erik Stenzel singled to break up the no-hit bid.

While Geneseo was unable to replicate the success they have had in the past, injuries allowed a lot of younger players to get experience on the diamond earlier than expected.

Christensen thinks that trial-by-fire will lead to a quick turnaround similar to what Alleman experienced this year reaching the sectional championship.

“I read what Alleman coach (Jerry Burkhead) said, and how they were in a similar situation the last couple of years,” Christensen said. “We are right where they were, and we are hoping for a similar outcome down the road.”

Geneseo graduates a small senior class of just five players who Christensen has seen make big contributions to the program.

“They showed good leadership. (Wise) is the heart and soul of the team,” Christensen said. “Kyle Pittenger had an outstanding year on the mound, Kyle Toone battled until the end, Braden Robinson with his injury wasn’t able to do as much as he wanted and Caden Hessler’s teammates love him.”