Lady Leaf softball scores first home win

Amy Boldt
Lindsey Beighle fires the ball over to first for the out.

In front of their home fans, the Lady Leaf softball team notched a 5-1 victory over Rock?Falls March 21 to improve its record to 2-0 on the year.

“I think for an early season game we are doing well,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “Defensively we had one little missed play that did cost us a run, but that is early season stuff.”

The Lady Leafs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after the first two innings. Geneseo knocked in one run in the bottom of the first and then drove around three in the bottom of the second.

Both squads were held scoreless in the third inning. Rock?Falls got on the board in the top of the fourth with an unearned run for a 4-1 Geneseo lead.

The Lady Leafs countered in the bottom of the fifth inning with another run to put them up 5-1. Both squads were held scoreless through the remainder of the contest.

Brooke Nienhaus pitched the win for Geneseo as she struck out eight and allowed four hits. Nienhaus improves to 2-0 on the year.

“Obviously, we are excited with our pitching,” said Pettit. “Brooke has had two outstanding games and has not given up an earned run yet. Her pitching is what we had hoped for.”

Geneseo combined for five hits on the day with Robin Schaefer (2 RBIs) and Lindsey Beighle (1 RBI) leading the way each with a double for their lone hits of the game.

Annie Lenz, Allison?Wiese and Brooke Anderson added the team’s other three hits. Nienhaus ended the game with an RBI.

“(The newcomers) are getting experience in winning fashion,” said Pettit. “If they can learn a lesson and still win that is good. They are getting experience under their belts. We are not ready for the state championship yet, but we are making progress.”

The Lady Leafs (2-0 overall) will next host Moline at 4:30 p.m. March 30 at Bollen Field, followed by a road match up with Alleman at 4:30 p.m. March 31.

“Moline is always a barometer,” said Pettit. “Their entire team is challenging and you can count on them being disciplined and aggressive and they will hit and field well. This is where we will really find out what we are made out of.”

Brooke Nienhaus strikes out the Rock Falls batter March 21 during Geneseo’s homeopener with the Rockets.