SOFTBALL

Pirates scuttle Lady Leafs’ win streak

Chris Steele
Anna McAvoy tracks down a grounder through the rain during Geneseo’s game against Jefferson.

The Lady Leafs’ softball team trampled Rockford Jefferson and suffered a heartbreaker against Ottawa.

Jefferson at Geneseo

Jasmine McCormick’s two-run home run in the first inning set the tone during the Lady Leafs’ 18-0 victory over Jefferson at the JF Edwards Complex on March 24.

GHS’ McCormick finished with three runs driven in on two hits, Geneseo’s Ava Bieneman strung together three hits with a pair of RBIs, and Breanna Jones tripled and drove in two runs.

The Lady Leafs’ Caitlin Gilmore, Anna McAvoy and Jane Thomas each drove in two runs with a pair of hits.

Briley Koberlein finished with two hits and a RBI, and Maddie Mackey tallied a pair of hits.

Allison Yager drove in two runs, and Hannah Tesmond drove in a run.

Mackey earned the win in the circle pitching two innings of one-hit ball with three strikeouts.

Thomas pitched two innings in relief with four strikeouts, and Delaney Ostrowski pitched the final inning with a pair of strikeouts.

Geneseo at Ottawa

It was a reminder that anything can happen on the diamond.

Down to their final out, the Pirates rallied to snag a walk off 2-1 victory away from the Lady Leafs on March 28.

With Geneseo leading by one in the seventh, Ottawa’s Sloan Gayan hit a two-run triple in the seventh to give the Pirates the Nothern Illinois Big 12 West conference opener.

A two-out walk by Ottawa’s Jenna Nink was the catalyst for the rally, and Jazzy Bowman followed with a single to set the stage for Gayan’s game winner.

Geneseo was the beneficiary of a leadoff walk which led to its only run.

The Leafs’ Bieneman walked to open the sixth inning and passed ball allowed her to score the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.