Geneseo defeated IVC in the Class 3A Pontiac Regional Semifinal and battled host Pontiac for the regional title.

Geneseo defeated IVC in the Class 3A Pontiac Regional Semifinal and battled host Pontiac for the regional title.

Class 3A Pontiac Regional Semifinals — Geneseo vs. Chillicothe (IVC)

The Lady Leafs’ Jane Thomas and Delaney Ostrowski combined to pitch a shutout and Geneseo’s offense did enough to earn a 3-0 victory over IVC, in Pontiac, on May 24.

Thomas earned the win in the circle pitching three innings scattering a pair of hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

A junior, Ostrowski pitched lights out in relief throwing four hitless innings with no walks and six strikeouts to earn her third save of the season.

Ostrowski hit an RBI single in the third inning to drive in Ava Bieneman to earn Geneseo a 1-0 advantage.

In the fourth inning, Bailey Mitchell clubbed a two-run home run to extend Geneseo’s advantage to 3-0.

Bieneman finished with two hits including a double, and Allison Yager singled and scored a run.

Class 3A Pontiac Regional Championship — Geneseo vs. Pontiac

Pontiac’s Regan Krause had to reach out and make it happen.

With a pitch coming in high and outside, Krause reached across the plate and lifted the ball over the left-center field wall for a home run.

It was Pontiac’s first hit of the game, but all Pontiac needed was the long ball and defense to earn the regional title over the Lady Leafs 2-0, in Pontiac, on May 26.

“There are games you lose, games you win, and games the other team loses,”

Geneseo Coach Pat Mitchell said. “I don’t feel like we lost this game, I feel like they won this game. They did all the things they needed to do. We didn’t give it away.”

Pontiac only mustered four hits, but two were solo home runs.

“It was just like what happened in the IVC game,” Mitchell said. “You could feel it in their dugout. Once they hit the home run, a (sigh of relief) and the dugout has a whole different feeling.”

Pontiac’s Addison Masching hit another home run in the sixth inning to extend the lead.

Geneseo was never able to get the big hit to put pressure on Pontiac’s pitchers.

Geneseo had a chance to strike first, as Ostrowski doubled with one out in the first inning.

However, Pontiac’s Amanda Fox was able to wiggle out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.

Geneseo was in good position to tie the game in the fourth inning after Caitlin Gilmore drew a leadoff walk.

With pinch runner Elli Weller giving Geneseo some speed on the basepaths, Weller was able to reach second on a wild pitch and advance to third on a wild throw on a pickoff attempt by the Pontiac catcher.

However, Fox again managed to avoid damage forcing a strikeout, a popup and closing on the inning with a strikeout.

Fox earned the win pitching five shutout innings allowing two hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

A hard-throwing righty, Krause came in and pitched two scoreless innings in relief allowing no hits, one walk and striking out three for the save.

“It’s not necessarily the velocity,” Mitchell said. “It’s after seeing the lefty you are looking at it off the left hip and all of a sudden she comes in and you are looking at it off the right hip.”

Washington defeated Pontiac 2-1 in the Class 3A Washington Sectional Semifinal, on May 29.

Washington will play Normal University in the Sectional Championship on Saturday, June 2.