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Geneva/Genoa suffers sweep

Team hoping for full roster in regionals

July 14, 2010 | 08:32 AM
Genoa City — The Geneva/Genoa Red Legs are stumbling into the playoff picture.

That's because last weekend the boys dropped both games of a doubleheader, 15-7 and 2-0, to Beloit, considered to be one of the top two teams in Region 7 along with Burlington.

Once again, the Red Legs fell victim to the numbers game. They were without Jake Hodgeman along with several other top players. However, they have still found a way to possess a 15-9 mark heading into regionals Wednesday, July 21 at Telfaer Field in Beloit, home of the Minnesota Twins Single-A affiliate Beloit Snappers.

Coach Curt Andresen said a couple costly errors hurt his team in the 2-0 contest.

"Beloit had a really good pitcher," Andresen said. "We didn't really have our strong lineup. We left a lot of guys on base."

Elkhorn's Ryan Shaw went the distance on the mound for the Red Legs, only allowing two unearned runs.

In the 15-7 tilt, Andresen mixed things up a bit with a different lineup. Geneva/Genoa started strong, taking a 4-3 lead early on. But Beloit erupted for a nine-run inning later to pull away.

"I got some guys experience," Andresen said. "Ian Weber had a good game. He is really hitting the ball."

Weber is only 16 but has played the last five games with the Red Legs. Andresen anticipates Weber will make an impact for Badger's varsity squad next year.

Along with Weber's two hits, Colter Beck smoked a triple and single.

The Red Legs will return to the Snappers home July 21 to battle Union Grove in the first round of regionals. Westosha Central's Johnny Wilson, a first-team all-Southern Lakes Conference selection in the spring, will miss regionals but will return should the locals reach state. But Andresen is excited to have Jake Hodgeman on board for regionals.

"Everyone on the team is saying they'll be available for regionals," Andresen said. "We'll be fine. Burlington, Beloit and Kenosha will be the toughest teams to beat. We've beaten Kenosha, but we haven't defeated Burlington or Beloit. Beloit has very good pitching."

Beck walks off

Geneva/Genoa had its collective rally cap on Saturday against the Zion (Ill.) Barons at Krisik Park.

Heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Red Legs trailed 4-1 with only three outs to go. After Ryan Meinen scored on a passed ball, Beck came up with runners at the corners and one out. He didn't wait long, belting the first pitch, a hanging breaking ball, way over the fence in left-center field.

The Red Legs pulled off the dramatic victory despite missing three starters. Brett Marth pitched the whole game for Geneva/Genoa.

Geneva/Genoa 6, Waterford 1

On July 8, Wilson and Shaw combined to fire a gem at Waterford.

Wilson helped himself at the plate with a home run, and Weber and Alec Storms each added two hits. Laramie Wieseman added a single for the Red Legs.

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