It seemed like all Geneseo needed was one big hit. Then boom, boom, boom they had three big hits leave the park.
It seemed like all Geneseo needed was one big hit.
Then boom, boom, boom they had three big hits leave the park.
The Lady Leafs’ softball team scored four runs on four hits with three home runs in the fifth inning to take control of the season opener.
Geneseo defeated Dunlap 10-0 in six innings scoring nine runs in the final two innings at the J.F. Edwards Complex on March 19.
Geneseo held a 1-0 lead with Gabi Allen hitting an RBI single to give the Lady Leafs the lead, but the Lady Leafs left the bases loaded in the first and second inning.
After crushing a ball foul down the left field line, Geneseo’s Bailey Mitchell smacked a home run into the right-field corner to expand the lead.
The Leafs’ Spindel doubled, and Mary Thoms cracked a two-run home run to right center.
Eden McAvoy had a wall scraper just get over the fence to straightaway center after nearly getting one out of the park in the second innings.
“You don’t want to get into that rut of thinking, ‘now I have to hit a home run,’” Pat Mitchell said. “You don’t want to depend on it, but it’s nice to know you have that power at a lot of different places in the lineup too.”
In the regional championship last season, Geneseo was left searching for a big hit getting shutout by Pontiac 2-0.
“I think all of us are ready to crush this season,” Bailey Mitchell said. “We didn’t end where we wanted to last season. We want to come out and make it what we want this season.”
It seemed like everything just came easier to the Lady Leafs at the plate in the sixth.
Hannah Himmelman singled and scored, and Katie Jagers drew a walk to turn up the pressure.
A junior, Dawsyn Hartman hit a ball deep into the for a double, and Thomas drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.
McAvoy hit an RBI single to make it 9-0, and Allen ended the game with an RBI single.
On the mound, Delaney Ostrowski (1-0) earned the win pitching a six-inning shutout allowing four hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
A senior, Ostrowski faced runners in scoring position in the third inning but finished the inning with a strikeout to keep Dunlap off the board.
With runners on the corners in the top of the sixth, Ostrowski induced a grounder to end the inning.
Hartman made a diving stop on a shot up the middle to get the first out of the game.
Ostrowski believes having a solid squad behind her helped her to finish the game with a shutout.
“It’s relaxing as a pitcher,” Ostrowski said. “You make a small mistake and you know your teammates are going to pick you up and nothing is going to be hurt on defense.”