April 10, 2008
Unbeaten Trojans hold down Bears
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer pitcher Haylee Riley fires a fastball to a Chittenango hitter Wednesday afternoon. Riley and Jessica Rigg combined on a two hitter in Homer’s 12-1 victory.
The offensive firepower of the Homer Central girls was on display Wednesday as nine of the Trojans’ 12 hits went for extra bases.
The result was a solid 12-1 OHSL Freedom Division softball win over visiting Chittenango that improved the Trojans to 3-0 in the division. Chittenango falls to 1-2.
To compound the frustration of the Bears was the ability of senior pitcher Haylee Riley, who did not allow a hit over the opening four innings behind Homer Elementary School.
“I was pleased,” said Homer coach Cris Colasurdo. “We did a nice job. We came out hitting strong, plus we got good pitching from Haylee and Jessica Rigg.
“Our defense is improving,” Colasurdo continued. “We still have some work to do, but we have done well for having played just three games.”
Homer gave Riley all the run support she needed by scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Courtney Rainbow led off with a triple and was awarded home due to an obstruction call of the Chittenango third baseman as she rounded the base. Stephanie Hartquist singled with one out and she then scored on a double by Gabby Luety. Rigg made it 3-0 when she doubled to score Luety. Rigg scored on an error when the shortstop tried to throw her out at third base on a grounder by Riley. The wild throw was off the mark and the error allowed Rigg to score.
From there, it was smooth sailing as the Trojans scored two more runs in the second, one in the third and three in the fourth to build a 10-0 cushion.
Rainbow was 3-for-3 in the game with a double, triple, home run and two RBIs. Luety went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, home run and two RBIs while Rigg was also 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Hartquist was 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in. Danielle Swarm belted a double during the win.
Riley was solid with nine strikeouts and no walks during her four innings of work. Rigg pitched the final three innings, allowing just two hits and one run. She struck out four Chittenango batters and walked three.
Homer Central will try to continue its winning ways this afternoon as the Trojans travel to Meldrim Field to face Cortland High at 4:15 p.m. The Trojans will travel to Herkimer for a pair of games Saturday before hosting Mexico Monday at 11 a.m.
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