Geneseo finished the regular season with the Moline softball Super Duals, and the Lady Leafs began the postseason with a win in the Class 3A Regional Semifinal.

Geneseo finished the regular season with the Moline softball Super Duals, and the Lady Leafs began the postseason with a win in the Class 3A Regional Semifinal.

Geneseo vs. Limestone

The Leafs rallied for a 6-4 victory over Limestone in the opening game of the Super Duals held at the Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline on May 21.

Trailing 3-0, Geneseo tied the game in the fourth inning with an RBI double from Breanna Jones.

In the fifth inning, the Leafs’ Andrea Wagoner and Allison Yager hit back-to-back run scoring singles to give Geneseo a 5-3 lead.

GHS’ Delaney Ostrowski extended the lead with an RBI single in the sixth inning.

Maddy Shoemaker had two hits out of the leadoff spot, and Yager finished with two RBIs.

Jane Thomas earned her 14th win of the season allowing two hits with 12 strikeouts in relief.

Geneseo vs. Minooka

The Lady Leafs never got on track falling against Minooka 7-0 in the second round of the Super Duals.

Minooka scored two runs in the first inning, and Geneseo was only able to put together four hits in the game.

Maddy Shoemaker had two of the Leafs hits, and Carlee Chehak stole a base.

Geneseo vs. Lockport

The Lady Leafs had one last regular season rally in them defeating Lockport 3-2 in eight inning in the final game of the Super Duals.

Geneseo’s Wagoner went the distance in the circle for the Leafs to pick up the win, the Leafs scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to pull out the victory.

The Leafs’ Wagoner hit the game-winning RBI single.

Geneseo had four consecutive hits in the eighth inning, and McKinsey Walters and Ostrowski each drove in runs.

Geneseo vs. Dunlap

Being the No. 1 seeded team in a sectional comes with a lot of weight.

Which is why Geneseo coach Pat Mitchell is pulling from Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s bag of tricks.

Mitchell has been emphasizing the pleasure of the game over the pressure, and the team has been embracing it.

The Leafs had a karaoke night before the Moline Super Duals to end the regular season, and before regionals began assistant coach Bob Pettit pitched batting practice to the team wearing a wig.

“Problem is, I have to think of something else,’’ said Mitchell laughingly. “I’m working on a petting zoo.”

It was all fun and game for Geneseo in the Class 3A Regional Semifinal against Dunlap on May 24.

Geneseo scored five runs in the inning on their way to a 9-0 victory over host Dunlap.

“When you’re the No. 1 seed, you do have a bullseye on your back,” Mitchell said. “You have to learn how to play with it by just having fun, not worrying about what they do and just going out to do what you do. So we tried to give them a distraction during BP to loosen them up so they could relax and hit the ball. It worked. We hit the ball hard.”

Walters’ no doubt home run to lead off the fifth inning was when the Geneseo bats broke through.

Walters’ homer was a rocket out of the park, but she didn’t get a home run trot.

“I never saw it,” Walters said. “I just started running.”

Geneseo’s Wagoner hit a double off the wall to chase the Dunlap starting pitcher from the game.

“We were kind of struggling with the bats going into this game,’’ Wagoner said. “We focused pretty hard on hitting in the last week, and it definitely paid off.’’

Briley Koberlein and Jasmine McCormick each drove in runs in the inning to extend the Leafs lead to 9-0 before the fifth came to a close.

Wagoner earned the win on the mound allowing three hits over five innings with four strikeouts.

Geneseo’s Thomas pitched the final two innings of hitless ball striking out four.

A senior, Varland drove in a run in the bottom of the first inning to give Geneseo a 1-0 lead.

The Leafs’ Varland came through with another clutch RBI in the third inning to extend Geneseo’s lead to 2-0.

Ostrowski finished the game 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Maddy Shoemaker drove in two runs on two hits.

The Lady Leafs will play for the Class 3A Regional Championship on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Geneseo will play the winner of the Pontiac/Prairie Central semifinal game in the championship.