The Geneseo varsity softball team put big numbers on the board this past week with a total of 31 runs scored against Rock  Island and Rockridge.

The Geneseo varsity softball team put big numbers on the board this past week with a total of 31 runs scored against Rock  Island and Rockridge.

Geneseo vs. Rock Island

It was raining home runs for the Lady Leafs April 7 in Rock Island with Geneseo belting out four on its way to a convincing 16-5 win over the Rocks.

Maddy Shoemaker got the night started with a solo home-run shot in her first at bat, which was followed by a two-run home run blast by Darian Gillette to put Geneseo up 3-0 in the first. Rock Island got two of the runs back in the bottom of the frame for a 3-2 score.

“I wouldn’t say I was surprised (by the home runs), because I see them everyday in practice, but I was really pleased with how well we did it,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “Especially two in the first inning with two strikes. Those were really good at bats, and to get that good of a swing with two strikes, I was pleased they have that much confidence in their hitting.”

The Lady Leafs continued their offensive attack in the second as they drove in seven runs led by a two-run home run shot by Angie Schaumburg; while Rock Island scored two runs for a 10-4 GHS lead.

“This is Angie’s second this year, so you can’t call it a surprise,” said Pettit. “She has exceptional bat speed and power is about bat speed.”

Geneseo pushed two more runs across the plate in the third; while Rock Island scored one to put Geneseo ahead 12-5. The Lady Leafs capped off the game with four runs in the sixth led by Jena Reddig’s solo homer.

Andrea Wagoner pitched the win as she allowed six hits, five runs and struck out three; while Reddig gave up one hit, no runs and struck out four.

Offensively, Shoemaker (1 RBI) led the team as she went 4-for-5 for the night with a double and a home run.

Sierra Ricketts (1 RBI) and Hannah Kain chipped in three hits apiece with a double from Kain; while Gillette (3 RBIs) and Jennifer Yager (2 RBIs) added two hits with a home run from Gillette.

Maddie Mackey, Wagoner (1 RBI), Reddig (1 RBI), Carley Rusk (2 RBIs) and Schaumburg (2 RBIs) all finished with one hit, which included home runs from Reddig and Schaumburg.

“We don’t have a weak spot in our order at all,” said Pettit. “When your No. 9 hitter has two home runs, we are pretty solid all the way through.”

Geneseo vs. Rockridge

The Lady Leafs were able to hold off a late rally by visiting Rockridge April 2 to earn a 15-11 victory.

“Defense has to be the name of the game, and pitching is a part of that, but we can’t count on pitching being dominant all the time,” said Pettit.

“We are playing good hitting teams, and Rockridge is one of them that hit the ball hard and sometimes you can’t defend. I felt our offense was better than theirs, and whoever hit the ball the hardest and the most would win.”

Rockridge struck first with one run in the top of first, but Geneseo countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame for a 2-1 lead.

Reddig hit a home run shot in the third to put the Lady Leafs 3-1, but Rockridge cut Geneseo’s lead to one in the top of the fourth, 3-2. The Lady Leafs tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 7-2.

Rockridge drove in two runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to make it a 7-6 ball game until the Lady Leafs plated eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend their advantage to 15-6.

The Lady Rockets surged a comeback, but fell short in the top of the seventh with five runs.

Reddig pitched the win for Geneseo as she allowed nine hits, five runs and struck out two. Yager allowed four hits and four runs; while Wagoner gave up two hits and two runs.

Leading the way at the plate was Rachael Varland (4 RBIs) and Shoemaker (2 RBIs) with three hits apiece, which included a double from Varland.

Ricketts and Schaumburg (1 RBI) added two hits each with one double apiece; while Reddig (1 RBI), Mackey (1 RBI), Kain (2 RBIs), Gillette, Yager (1 RBI) and Rusk (2 RBIs) all chipped in one hit with a home run from Reddig and a double from Mackey.

The Lady Leafs (6-2 overall) will host Dixon tonight at 4:30 p.m. at JF Edwards Complex.

“Dixon gave us a scare in one game last year when they came out and pounded it and took the lead,” said Pettit. “We had to come back and beat them. We are not going to take anyone for granted.”