Maple Leafs finding ways to win on the diamond
The Maple Leafs swept Freeport in a doubleheader to open the season, and Geneseo hosted Alleman in a battle of area teams.
Freeport at Geneseo
The Maple Leafs’ pitching lead the way to a 1-0 victory in the opener, and Geneseo earned a 9-5 win powered by the bats in the matinee at Stone Field on March 18.
In the first game, Geneseo’s Marshall Rice, Braden Ries and Braden Robinson combined to pitch a three-hit shutout for a 1-0 win.
GHS’ Marshall Rice pitched three hitless innings with five strikeouts, Ries earned the win allowing one hit over two innings and Robinson notched the save with a pair of strikeouts.
Kyle Wise hit a double to drive in Robinson for the go-ahead run in the fourth inning for the Maple Leafs.
Keaton Rice had a pair of hits, and Tyler Thompson and Jordan Anderson each tallied singles.
In the second game, Geneseo built an 8-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning and hung on for a 9-5 win.
Geneseo’s Keaton Rice had a pair of hits and drove in a run, and Marshall Rice tallied a pair of RBIs.
Cade Humphries doubled and drove in a run, and Jaren Brucher hit a run-scoring triple.
GHS’ Thompson tripled and scored a run, and Jordan Jackson singled and scored a run.
The Leafs’ Jacob Pauley singled and pitched two scoreless innings.
Brucher pitched two hitless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
Conner LeGrand struck out three in an inning and two-thirds, and Trey Johnson finished the final frame allowing just one hit in an inning of work.
Alleman at Geneseo
Things looked bleak for the Maple Leafs in the bottom of the 10th inning trailing 7-4.
However, a walk-off single from Humphries ended a miraculous four run comeback in the bottom of the 10th inning for an 8-7 win at Stone Field on March 21.
After leading 4-1 through five innings, Geneseo errors and mistakes allowed Alleman to sneak back into the game and force extra innings.
The Pioneers scored two runs in the seventh to tie the game, and the Leafs went six innings without scoring a run.
Humphries did the heavy lifting for the offense with three singles and a sacrifice fly.
Anderson had a pair of hits with a RBI, and he made a couple of heads up plays in at first base to save runs.
The Maple Leafs’ Jackson doubled, drew three walks and stole a base, and Pauley drove in a run on two hits.
Kyle Toone singled and drove in a run, and Keaton Rice hit a triple.
On the mound, Brucher had a nice varsity debut as a starter.
A sophomore, Brucher pitched four innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits four walks and four strikeouts.
Ries and LeGrand both were effective in relief, but the Leafs committed four errors in the cold conditions allowing two unearned runs.
Geneseo’s Ross Chapman earned the win on the mound.
The Maple Leafs’ next game will be a doubleheader at Monmouth-Roseville on Saturday, March 25 starting at 11 a.m.