Geneseo splits with LaSalle-Peru

Amy Carton
Ryan Kelly connects with the pitch May 9 for his lone hit of the game against LaSalle-Peru.

The Geneseo varsity baseball team finished this past week with one win and two losses in conference action to Streator and LaSalle-Peru.

Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru

LaSalle-Peru tied the series at 1-1 May 10 as the Cavaliers defeated visiting Geneseo, 10-3.

“LP did a very good job of hitting the ball against us on Tuesday and had a big five-run inning in the second which was the difference,” said head coach Steve Brucher. “We clawed our way back and Justin Freddy hit a big three-run homer.”

The Cavaliers took control of the game in the second as they plated five runs.

Geneseo cut the lead to two when the Leafs drove in three runs off a three-run home run shot by Justin Freddy in the top of the fourth to make it a 5-3 ball game in favor of LP.

The Cavaliers extended their lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fifth with two runs, followed by another three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 10-3 advantage.

Geneseo was unable to muster up any runs in the seventh to suffer the conference loss.

“We had runners on base in the fifth and sixth and had opportunities to score, but hit into double plays, which were rally killers,” said Brucher. “That really hurt us.

“Both teams had 10 hits, but we just couldn’t push the runs across the plate when we needed to. LP was able to capitalize when they needed to.”

David Behrens received the loss on the hill for Geneseo.

Derek Mitchell, Jared Kuban and Freddy (3 RBIs) led the team at the plate with two hits apiece, which included a home run by Freddy.

Erik?Solberg, Tyler Fisher, Ryan Kelly and Anthony Roome each contributed one hit to the effort.

Geneseo vs. LaSalle-Peru

The Leafs captured game one of the three game series with LaSalle-Peru May 9 with a 3-1 victory at home.

Geneseo jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off a Fisher two-run triple.

LP cut Geneseo’s lead to one in the top of the second when the Cavaliers plated one run for a 2-1 score.

The Leafs drove in another run in the bottom of the fourth for the 3-1 advantage.

Geneseo was able to fend off LP in the remainder of the contest to earn the conference victory.

Steven?Timbrook pitched the win for Geneseo in six and two-thirds innings of work and allowed one run and five hits. Ryan?Williams entered the game in relief and with the tying runs on base got the final out.

“Steven Timbrook pitched very well and gave up five hits and one run,” said Brucher. “We left some runners on in scoring position, but it didn’t come back to haunt us in this game.”

Geneseo combined for 10 hits on the night as Derek Mitchell led the team with three hits.

Solberg and Fisher (2 RBIs) added two hits apiece with a triple from Fisher, while Kuban, Kelly and Brian Johnson (1 RBI) finished the night with one hit apiece.

“In two games this week, we had 10 hits in each game which is a positive,” said Brucher. “The problem is in each of those games we only scored three runs. We need to find a way to generate some more runs. We are getting on base, we are just not plating the runs.”

Geneseo vs. Streator

Geneseo fell to 3-9 in the conference with an 8-4 loss to Streator at home May 5.

The Bulldogs took the early lead 3-1 in the first inning and then plated another run in the bottom of the second for the 4-1 advantage.

Streator and Geneseo both scored one run apiece in the third for a 5-1 score in favor of the visitors.

“Streator scored five runs in the first couple of innings and when you are having to play catch up from behind it is always a challenge,” said Brucher. “Our guys are doing a good job of staying in the game and focused on the game. They do a good job of trying to work through it and staying positive.”

The Bulldogs drove in one run in the top of the sixth, while the Leafs put two more runs on the board to cut Streator’s lead to 6-4.

Streator plated two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh, however, Geneseo was unable to score any runs in its final at bats.

Jeff Lutz recorded the loss on the hill for Geneseo.

Solberg (1 RBI) stretched out a double for his lone hit of the game, while Mitchell,  Freddy, Kelly?(1 RBI) and Drew DeCap added the team’s other four hits with one apiece. Fisher and  Behrens finished the game with an RBI.

“Baseball is one of those games where all it takes is stringing together a few good games to feel better about yourself going into the postseason,” said Brucher. “If we put it all together at the right time we will put ourselves in a position to win some baseball games.

“I want to see our guys to continue coming to the field every day and wanting to get better.”

The Leafs (8-18 overall and 4-10 in the NIB?12) will host LaSalle-Peru at 4:30 p.m. today at Stone Field and Yorkville in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. May 14.