Maple Leafs' baseball team has the will to win

Chris Steele
Marshall Rice fires a pitch to the plate during the Maple Leafs’ 4-1 victory over Sherrard at Stone Field in Geneseo.

The Maple Leafs stayed undefeated knocking off United Township, Sherrard and Rockridge to improve their record to 6-0.

United Township at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs’ Jacob Pauley pitched a gem to earn the win on the mound with a complete game shutout at Stone Field on March 22.

Geneseo scored two runs in the fifth inning, and Pauley kept the Panthers’ bats quiet for a 2-0 victory.

A senior, Pauley worked seven innings allowing three hits with three walks and 13 strikeouts.

Geneseo’s Dylan Pardoe hit a pair of singles and drove in a run, and Keaton Rice brought home a run with a sacrifice fly.

Cade Humphries and Keaton Rice each hit a double, and Marshall tallied a pair of hits.

Sherrard at Geneseo

The Maple Leafs’ pair of aces continued to deal on the mound as Marshall Rice pitched Geneseo to a 4-1 win over the Tigers.

Rice struck out 11 and didn’t allow a walk while scattered six hits and one solo home run.

Pauley and Marshall Rice showing they can work complete games under the new pitch count rule could be a huge advantage for the Maple Leafs this season.

“Going into conference if we get that one-two punch going and win both of those games,” Marshall Rice said, “We will win conference.”

Dylan Pardoe gave Geneseo a lead in the third inning on a sacrifice fly that scored Tyler Thompson.

With the Leafs struggling to score early on this season, Pardoe’s sacrifce to center wasn’t what he was looking for, but it got the job done.

That ability to do a job is something Pardoe thinks kind of embodies this team and builds confidence.

“We have a lot of young guys here and they need to learn to compete,” Pardoe said. “I think it’s good for us to be in these close games.”

Pardoe said that once the team finds its confidence at the plate the hits will follow.

For now, Geneseo has been finding runs any way they can get them.

In the sixth inning, the Maple Leafs’ Jordan Anderson put down a perfect bunt single.

After Keaton Rice was caught in a pickle between second and third, he was able to stay alive long enough to get back to second base with Anderson retreating to an uncovered first base to avoid disaster.

Geneseo’s Kyle Wise drew a walk to load the bases, and Trey Johnson drove in a run and Anderson scored on a throwing error. Braden Robinson hit an RBI double to add to the Leafs’ cushion.

Rockridge at Geneseo

The Leafs’ pitching staff put together a three-hit shutout against the Rockets at Stone Field on March 28.

Geneseo scored five runs in the second inning which proved to be ample support in the 6-0 victory.

Jaren Brucher notched the win allowing two hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

Dale Benjamin allowed just one hit in one inning of work, and Kyle Pittenger worked a clean final frame with a strikeout.

Keaton Rice drove in two runs, and Thompson singled and drove in a run.