Rockets force extras, but Maple Leafs score four in eighth to prevail


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Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 9:32 pm
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By Terry Duckett, tduckett@qconline.com
EDGINGTON -- Taking a two-game losing streak into Thursday's makeup contest with Rockridge following a 4-0 start, the Geneseo baseball team was looking to regain its winning touch.

After seeing a one-run lead fly away with Nick Madison's solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Maple Leafs found themselves having to play some extra ball. However, they made it well worth their while, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth to earn a 6-2 win over the Rockets.

Adam Stenzel started the eighth for Geneseo (5-2) by reaching on an error, ultimately scoring on a wild pitch to break the 2-2 deadlock. Mike Murray then delivered an RBI single, and the Leafs tacked on two more runs to lift starting pitcher Reed Buysse's record to 2-0.

"Reed threw 72 pitches in seven innings. I had half a mind to put him back out there for the eighth, but I decided to take him out when he was feeling good about himself and in a position to win,'' said Geneseo coach Steve Brucher. "Fortunately for us, we capitalized on a mistake in the eighth.''

Rockridge (2-2) struck early when sophomore Cody Bingman's RBI double gave it a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. That held up until the top of the fourth, when the Leafs' Rayce Singbush belted a two-run homer to give his club a 2-1 edge, which it enjoyed until Madison went yard to tie the game.

"That was a big shot,'' Brucher said of Singbush's homer, "especially after losing Monday and Tuesday, and then falling behind here. Rockridge responded, but I thought we had some good at-bats in the eighth. This was a good win for us, and I hope we can build off of it.''

Rockridge coach Glen Cook was pleased with the progress his young squad continues to make. Both run producers, Bingman and Madison, are a sophomore and junior, respectively.

"We just called Cody up to the varsity (Thursday), and that wasn't only a good hit, it was a good at-bat for him, taking pitchers and fouling off one or two before lining a pitch into the gap,'' said Cook. "We showed a lot of improvement from the Rock Island game (a 12-5 Tuesday loss). We're young, but our guys can play. I think we're going to be a pretty good team by the end of the year.''


















 



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