The Geneseo softball team fought for a victory over Moline and started their spring break trip with a blowout win.

The Geneseo softball team fought for a victory over Moline and started their spring break trip with a blowout win.

Moline at Geneseo

The win over the Maroons was about finding Geneseo’s grit instead of wanting to quit during the Lady Leafs’ victory 11-10 victory in nine innings over Moline on March 21.

With Geneseo leading 10-8 in the top of the seventh, Moline rallied to score a pair of runs and force extra innings.

After watching a two-run lead melt away, the Lady Leafs huddled just outside of their dugout and vow to not be deflated by the comeback effort.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, Geneseo’s Eden McAvoy singled to put courtesy runner Hannah Dunk on the basepaths.

Dunk advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and scrambled to third on a wild pitch.

Dawsyn Hartman fought off multiple pitches with a full count to draw a two-out walk.

With All-State infielder Ava Bieneman at the plate, a wild pitch careened into the fence behind home, and Dunk was able to beat the throw to the plate.

“We have a saying that goes, ‘she who hesitates is out,’” Geneseo Coach Pat Mitchell said. “She didn’t hesitate and made the play at the plate.

Geneseo’s offense carried the Lady Leafs by scoring four runs in the third inning and three runs in the fourth inning.

In the third, Bailey Spindel singled to drive in two runs, and Mary Thomas and Cora Varland each knocked in a run.

One swing of the bat was all Bailey Mitchell needed to give Geneseo a 9-3 lead with her second home run of the season.

The bottom of the Lady Leafs’ lineup continues to produce.

Hartman singled to drive in a run in the fifth inning, and Gabi Allen reached base four times with three hits and a walk.

A senior, Allen has made this most of her opportunities at the plate going 5-for-8 with two extra-base hits and three RBIs in two games.

With everyone in the lineup hitting, Allen believes she can provide a spark for Geneseo when they need it most.

“It matters especially in games like this,” Allen said. “We just a needed a few runs here and there, and it’s important to be able to pull through for my team when they need me. I know the coaches are relying on me a lot. I know it’s pretty important for me to do my part for the team.”

The Lady Leafs’ offense was held in check in extra innings until McAvoy singled up the middle.

A junior catcher, McAvoy thinks this win is just the start for the Lady Leafs.

“Beating them shows us what we can do,” McAvoy said. “Since it’s the beginning of the season, it’s like a marker for us. If we can beat Moline, we can beat anyone.”

Myrtle Beach Invitational

The Lady Leafs continue to tear the cover off the ball defeating Gahanna Lincoln (Ohio) 13-1 on March 25.

Allen cracked a three-run triple in the fifth inning, and Hartman finished with a pair of hits including a double and two RBIs.

Thomas finished with a pair of hits and an RBI, and Spindel doubled and drove in two runs.

Delaney Ostrowski (3-0) made a strong showing in the circle pitching a complete game allowing one run on three hits with four walks and 12 strikeouts.