Brockport, N.Y. – The fourth-seeded Geneseo softball team (22-19) posted a pair of wins Friday to remain alive in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) playoffs. The Knights beat sixth-seeded Oswego (17-19) 6-0, then eliminated top-seeded Brockport (22-16) 5-4. Geneseo will play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. against Cortland in the double elimination tournament.
In Friday’s first game, senior Katie Gallagher (Gansevoort/Schuylerville) threw a complete-game shutout, blanking the Lakers on four hits. She struck out five batters and issued only one walk. Gallagher allowed just two runners as far as third base and retired the last eight hitters for her third shutout of the season.
Junior Elise Porreca (Lancaster/Lancaster) singled in two runs to highlight Geneseo’s three-run second inning. Senior third baseman Jessica Steubing (Fairport/Fairport) led off with a single and senior left fielder Lexi Williams (Waterford/Shenendehowa) reached when her bunt was mishandled. After Porreca singled home the game’s first two runs she moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of senior center fielder Alexa Salzman (East Meadow/East Meadow).
Steubing singled in sophomore catcher Ashley Fillmore (Getzville/Williamsville North) – who had reached on one of Oswego’s three errors – to give Geneseo a 4-0 lead in the third and the Knights tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth.
Fillmore and first year right fielder Mikayla Moore (Stillwater/Stillwater) collected run-scoring singles to close out the scoring.
Fillmore and Steubing both had two of Geneseo’s eight hits.
In their second game of the day, the Knights rallied to eliminate top-seeded Brockport with a 5-4 win. Geneseo erupted for four sixth-inning runs – after being held to one hit in the game’s first five innings – with Porreca’s three-run home run the decisive hit.
Sophomore shortstop Samantha Brown (Canton/Hugh C. Williams) led off the inning with a double, giving the Knights just their fourth base runner. One out later, a single by Steubing put runners on first and third and Williams singled home the Knights’ first run. Porreca followed with her first home run of the season to put Geneseo ahead for good.
The Knights pushed across a seventh-inning run when Fillmore drew a lead-off walk and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches. The host Golden Eagles scored once in the bottom of the seventh and put runners on second and third before sophomore Corrin Spallone (Greece/Greece Arcadia) retired the game’s final batter to clinch the win.
Spallone (8-10) struck out seven batters in the complete-game effort.
Game one box score
Game two box score