The Geneseo baseball team defeated Rockridge and Orion to start the season before falling in a tough road game against Alleman.

The Geneseo baseball team defeated Rockridge and Orion to start the season before falling in a tough road game against Alleman.

Rockridge at Geneseo

Geneseo established an identity of being the comeback kids during their postseason run last season.

In the season opener, Geneseo had a lead disappear and showed the same kind of mental toughness to earn a 6-2 victory over the Rockets at Stone Field on March 14.

After taking a 2-0 lead, Geneseo’s Kyle Pittenger was cruising along until a two-out bloop single fell near the line in right field allowed two runs to score.

With the game tied at two, another weakly hit ball was headed for no man’s land in left when Kyle Toone made a diving grab to preserve the tie and end the inning.

Instead of trying to hack their way back into the game, Geneseo stayed patient and loaded the bases with three consecutive walks.

“We had some really good at-bats,” Geneseo Coach Scott Christensen said. “We have some guys with good approaches at the plate. They aren’t afraid to let a strike or two go by if it’s not their pitch.”

The Leafs’ Colton Garcia worked a full count and singled to drive in two runs to give Geneseo the lead again.

Garcia believes reinforcing the “don’t” quit mentality allows Geneseo to continue to fight in any situation.

“It’s big,” Garcia said. “If we are down early in the game especially, it’s always nice to have a big comeback and in the dugout, we all get into it, too.”

Kyle Wise followed with an RBI single, and Geneseo scored another run on an error.

Pittenger earned the win on the mound, and Ty Johnson had an impressive performance in relief allowing two hits over two shutout innings.

“It was good to get the first one,” Pittenger said. “I’m excited about the group of guys we have. A lot of people are saying that we lost a lot of talent, but I think we also gained a lot of talent. I’m confident with the team we have and the effort we are putting in.”

Geneseo at Orion

The Maple Leafs nabbed a 7-6 win in extra-innings over the Chargers at Love Park on March 15.

Geneseo’s Isaiah Rivera finished 2-for-4 with a home run and an RBI, and Zac Olson clubbed a pair of hits and finished with an RBI.

Wise had a pair of hits and an RBI, and Cole Hartman finished with a double.

The Leafs’ Jaren Brucher, Garcia, and Toone each drove in a run, and Johnson picked up the win on the mound.

Geneseo at Alleman

The Pioneers held off the Maple Leafs comeback attempt as Alleman held on for a 2-1 victory at the Alleman Sports Complex March 20.

Jake Winslow single was the only Geneseo hit in the game, and Zac Olson stole a pair of bases.

Geneseo’s Winslow scored an unearned run in the fourth inning to tie the game at one, but Alleman answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth.

Pittenger was saddled with the loss despite giving up just two runs on five hits over five innings.

Johnson had another nice outing working a clean inning with a pair of strikeouts.