Geneseo softball falls in seventh, 6-5

Amy Carton
Allison Wiese crushes the ball into the outfield for the Lady Leafs April 28 against Ottawa.

The Geneseo High School softball team went 4-2 this past week as the Lady Leafs met up with two tough conference foes in Streator and Sterling.

Geneseo vs. Streator

A seventh inning thriller fell just short of success for the Lady Leafs May 3 as Streator edged Geneseo, 6-5 in conference action.

“Yes, I expected tough competition from Streator,” said head coach Bob Pettit. “We had to come from behind to beat them earlier this year so we knew they were very good. To have a two run lead in the seventh and lose it, we should have been able to close the door on them.”

After two scoreless innings, the Bulldogs put the first runs on the board in the bottom of the third with three runs.

Geneseo got one back in the top of the fourth for a 3-1 score in favor of Streator.

The Lady Leafs rallied in the top of the seventh as they plated four runs to take the 5-3 lead highlighted by a two-run homer by Olivia Goethals. Streator managed to drive home three runs in its final at bats to steal the win, 6-5.

“We were down 3-1 in the seventh and had to come from behind and I congratulate our girls for not quitting,” said Pettit. “It was an incredible come back on our part.

“We hoped to hold momentum, but I think the adrenaline of that rally must have changed our defensive mentality and we just couldn’t settle down.”

Emily?Zaderaka received the loss for Geneseo to fall to 19-4 on the year.

At the plate, Lindsey Beighle led the team with three hits with one double, while Goethals (3 RBIs) added two hits, which included a home run shot in the seventh.

Taylor Wise (1 RBI), Allison Wiese (1 RBI), Kassi Anderson and Karissa Herrman each finished with one hit with a double from Wise.

Geneseo vs. Milledgeville

It was raining home runs for the Lady Leafs May 2 as Jessica Murray blasted three home run shots and Kassi Anderson parked another. With that offensive effort, Geneseo was able to shut down Milledgeville 11-0.

Geneseo came out and took care of business May 2 against Milledgeville as the Lady Leafs shut out the visitors 11-0.

The Lady Leafs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first as Jessica Murray blasted a home run shot in the lead off spot. Murray blasted back to back home runs as she parked another homer in the second to help Geneseo push four runs across the plate in the second to take the 7-0 lead.

Geneseo drove in two runs in the fifth, which included another home run by Murray and two more in the sixth with a home run from?Anderson to end the game in six innings.

Zaderaka pitched the win to improve to 19-3 on the year.

Jessica Murray (5 RBIs) led the offense with four hits, which included three home runs and a double.

Jenna Mickley (1 RBI), Anderson (3 RBIs) and Goethals (1 RBI) added two hits apiece with a home run and double from Anderson.

Beighle stretched out a double for her lone hit of the game, while Wise (1 RBI), Wiese and Herrman all finished with one hit with  double from Wiese and Herrman.

Geneseo vs. Stillman Valley

The Lady Leafs swept its weekend doubleheader with Stillman Valley, 7-0 and 18-4 April 30.

In game one, Geneseo drove in four runs in the opening three innings to take the 4-0 lead. The squad plated two more in the sixth and one in the seventh to earn the shut out victory.

Zaderaka pitched the win to improve to 16-3 on the year and Murray recorded the save.

Beighle, Mickley (1 RBI) and Goethals (1 RBI) led the team with two hits apiece with a double from Beighle.

Murray, Wise, Wiese (2 RBIs), Anderson (1 RBI), Bailee Kain, Paige Dwyer and Molly Allison (1 RBI) all finished with one hit. 

In game two, Geneseo started with a 1-0 lead in the first and then scored another in the top of the second. Stillman Valley grabbed control of the lead in the bottom of the second with four runs for the 4-2 score.

The Lady Leafs regained the lead in the third with four runs as Mickley parked a home run shot, followed by two runs in the fourth for an 8-4 score.

Geneseo plated 10 runs in the sixth and seventh, five in each to close out the game.

Zaderaka pitched the win to improve to 17-3 overall and Murray recorded the save.

The Lady Leafs had their bats going as the squad combined for 26 hits for 18 runs.

Beighle (3 RBIs) paced the squad with five hits with one double, while Murray (1 RBI) added four hits with two doubles and a triple.

Wise (4 RBIs), Wiese (3 RBIs), Anderson and Kain (1 RBI) finished with three hits apiece with doubles from Wise, Wiese and Kain and also a triple from Wiese.

Mickley (4 RBIs) contributed two hits to the win, which included a home run blast, while Allison, Goethals and Dwyer all had one hit.

Geneseo vs. Ottawa

Home runs from Wise and Anderson helped boost the Lady Leafs to a 10-4 conference win over Ottawa April 28 in Geneseo.

Geneseo bounced back quickly after a loss to Sterling the night before as Wise parked her first hit of the game for a two-run homer to put Geneseo up 2-0 in the first.

The Lady Leafs plated three more runs in the third for the 5-0 advantage.

Ottawa got on the board in the fifth with four runs to come within one, 5-4. Geneseo countered in the bottom of the frame to extend its lead to two, 6-4.

The Lady Leafs shut the door on the Pirates in the bottom of the sixth as Anderson blasted a two-run homer for two of Geneseo’s four runs to make it a 10-4 ball game.

Geneseo’s defense was able to hold off Ottawa in the seventh for the win.

Jena Reddig received her first varsity win, while Murray recorded the save.

At the plate for Geneseo,  Wiese (3 RBIs) led the way with three hits.

Beighle, Wise (2 RBIs), Anderson (2 RBIs),   Goethals and Murray all contributed two hits with two doubles from Beighle and a home run by Wise and a home run and double from Anderson.

Mickley (1 RBI) ended the game with a double for her lone hit of the game, while Herrman had an RBI.

Geneseo vs. Sterling

It was a typical Geneseo-Sterling battle on the softball diamond April 27 that went into the seventh inning tied at 2-2. A offensive surge in the bottom of the seventh by Sterling led to a 5-2 win for the Golden Warriors to hand Geneseo its first conference loss.

“It is always a shock when you lose,” said Pettit. “We came from behind in that game and we were on a roll and I thought we would capture the win. I have to give Sterling credit because they battled back and created a rally, but we have another shot at Sterling.”

Sterling opened the game up with a run in the bottom of the first and drove in another run in the bottom of the third to take the 2-0 lead.

Geneseo got on the board in the top of the fifth when Anderson hit a solo shot over the fence for the home run for a 2-1 score.

The Lady Leafs tied the game up 2-2 in the sixth when Wiese belted out a home run.

Geneseo was held scoreless in the top of the seventh and attempted to shut down the Golden Warriors in the bottom of the frame to force extra innings.

However, Sterling stole the win in the seventh with two on and two out when Ashli King hit a walk-off three-run home run.

Murray received the loss for Geneseo to fall to 1-1.

Wiese (1 RBI) led the offensive effort with two hits, which included a home run.

Murray, Beighle, Wise, Anderson (1 RBI) and Goethals all finished the game with one hit with a home run from Anderson.

“A conference championship is important and we still have a shot,” said Pettit. “But the postseason is what is really important and we have to play these tough games and play with two outs in the seventh. Now we’ve been there so we won’t let it happen again. We have the experience to deal with the situation better.”

The Lady?Leafs (20-5 overall and 5-2 in the NIB 12) will next host Alleman at 4:30 p.m. May 9, followed by a road match up with Dixon at 5 p.m. May 10.