The Maple Leafs’ baseball team competed against Alleman, hosted its home opener against Sherrard and played a game during its trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Maple Leafs’ baseball team competed against Alleman, hosted its home opener against Sherrard and played a game during its trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Alleman at Geneseo

Alleman was able to take advantage of Geneseo errors to defeat the Maple Leafs 8-4 at the TBK Bank Sports Complex, in Bettendorf, Iowa, on March 19.

A pair of errors in the first inning allowed the Pioneers to put three runs on the board in the first inning.

Geneseo’s Colton Garcia finished with a pair of hits including a doubled to drive in a run in the sixth inning.

Payton Clauson and Parker Magness each drove in a run, and Jaren Brucher hit a double.

Sherrard at Geneseo

Baseball is a game of full of failure, so it’s always rewarding to have a game where almost everything starts clicking.

Geneseo’s Jaren Brucher pitched three-hitless innings, and the Maple Leafs’ bats came alive to defeat Sherrard 12-2 in five innings at Stone Field on March 21.

The Maple Leafs’ Brucher set the tone by pitching around a leadoff walk in the first inning.

A University of Central Missouri baseball 2020 commit, Brucher saw the importance of establishing the Sherrard game would be different after Geneseo stumbled in the first two games of the season.

“If I can go out and have a shut down first inning, we all start to feed off of everything else,” Brucher said. “Then we start putting up three or four (runs) an inning, and it’s great to see.”

A senior, Brucher pitched three innings of scoreless ball with no hits, three strikeouts and two walks to earn his first win of the season.

Geneseo’s hitters loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning, and Nathan Beneke smacked a two-out single to drive in two runs.

A sophomore catcher, Beneke came up big again driving in two more runs in the second inning with two outs.

Having success in every phase of the game is something Beneke believes will build the team’s confidence.

“Pitching, hitting and fielding it was a solid game all around,” Beneke said. “This is where we realize how good of a team we can be.”

In the third inning, Geneseo’s Tyler Green scored on a wild pitch and Zac Olson singled to drive home a run to take a 10-0 lead.

Payton Clauson singled to drive in two runs in the fifth, and Jacob Winslow finished 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Olson finished with two hits and crossed the plate three times, and Garcia doubled.

Myrtle Beach Spring Trip

Chagrin Falls scores six runs in the fourth inning to defeat the Maple Leafs 12-2 in five innings to start Geneseo’s spring trip in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on March 25.

Brucher drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Erik Stenzel scored on a passed ball.