April 9, 2010
Trojans hold off CBA in clash of unbeatens
Ashley Crossway went 4-for-4 and drove in the winning run as Homer Central continues its winning ways.
Crossway snapped a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Trojans notched a 7-4 OHSL Freedom Division softball win over visiting Christian Brothers Academy at the Junior High School Thursday in a battle of undefeated teams.
Homer improves to 3-0 in division and overall play. The Brothers drop to 1-1 in the division, 2-1 overall.
“We came out hitting the ball,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “We struggled a bit defensively, but it was nice for us to bounce back after CBA tied the score in the top of the fourth inning..
“Ashley and Alyssa Morgan hit the ball well,” she continued. “Alexis Brown pitched well. She hit a little snag in the fourth. Alyssa pitched three shutout innings.”
After holding CBA scoreless in the top of the inning, Homer struck quickly in the bottom of the first, but it happened with two outs. Crossway got single and Katie Sinclair reached base of an error. With two runners on, Rachel Perry ripped a triple that gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
The home team added two more runs in the second inning. Meghan Hartquist led off with a single. Hartquist moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cayla Hartnett. Ashley Barnard drew a walk and Morgan (2-for-4) singled to load the bases. Gabby Luety lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield which allowed Hartquist to score and Barnard to advance to third.
After Morgan swiped second base to put runners at second and third, Crossway delivered a single that scored Barnard for the four-run advantage.
Syracuse CBA got some timely hits and took advantage of some fielding miscues to tie the game in the top of the fourth inning. Jordan Sheridan helped her own cause with a lead-off double. Molly O’Brien (2-for-3) followed with a single. Maggie Fennell reached on an error to load the bases. Kaitlin McIntyre singled home one run.
Marisa Hamel followed with a single to score two more runs as the Trojan lead shrunk to 4-3. Alexis Mento would plate the final run of the inning to knot the score at 4-4.
Homer regrouped and refocused, taking the lead again. With one out, Morgan singled and moved to second on a passed ball. With an open base, Luety was walked. Crossway singled to drive in Morgan for a 5-4 Trojan lead while Luety went to third. Sinclair hit a deep sacrifice fly that allowed Luety to score from third base for the 6-4 cushion.
Morgan came on to pitch the final three innings and earned the save. She did not allowed a hit and struck out one CBA batter. Brown fanned two Brothers over the first four innings. Each pitcher walked two batters.
The Trojans added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. with one out, Luety walked, Crossway singled and Sinclair hit a double to score Luety for the 7-4 advantage. Sheridan pitched out of any further trouble. In addition to giving up 10 hits and three walks, Sheridan struck out five Homer batters.
Homer next travels to Syracuse on Tuesday to face Fowler High at 4:45 p.m.
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