April 15, 2009


Trojans move on to finals


Rich Barnes/Contributing Photographer
Former Homer Central baseball coach John Baden throws out the first pitch at the Baden Tournament to catcher Andy Parker Tuesday. Homer won twice to reach today’s finals against Skaneateles

Staff Writer

There were plenty of highlights in the first round of the John Baden Tournament for baseball host Homer Central Tuesday, but the biggest may have been the pitching performance of Brent Quinlan.
The freshman hurler didn’t figure in the decision, but his first varsity start was still memorable in the Trojans’ 2-1 victory over Fulton which sent Homer (3-0 overall) into today’s 1 p.m. championship game against Skaneateles. Quinlan worked 3-1/3 innings, allowing two hits and four walks while striking out four batters and allowing one unearned run before Brandon Simonetta came on in relief to post his second win of the season.
After former Trojans’ coach Baden tossed out the ceremonial first pitch, Homer thumped LaFayette 15-3 in six innings as the game was called at 12:30 p.m. due to time constraints. That was the first game of the day at the high school. Fulton rolled to a 16-2 win in the second game before the Trojans and Red Raiders met.
At Tully High School, the other three teams in the tournament battled. Tully topped Onondaga 16-4, Skaneateles edged Onondaga 6-4 and Skaneateles rolled over Tully 11-1.
The match-ups today began at Homer with the fifth-place game between LaFayette and Onondaga. Homer and Skaneateles meet in the championship game at 1 p.m. with Fulton and Tully battling for third place at 4 p.m.
Homer 2, Fulton 1: Homer took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Eric Rosato stroked a two-out single and Alex Duell followed with a double down the right field line that plated Rosato.
The Trojans increased their advantage to 2-0 in the third inning. Zach Blanden led off with a single and he moved to second on a passed ball. Rosato grounded out, but Blanden moved to third on the play. Duell lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield that allowed Blanden to tag-up and score.
Fulton (1-2) got one run back in the fourth. Marshall Cooper drew a lead-off walk. With one out, Max Ambuske singled to right field as Copper raced to third base. Andy Clark walked to load the bases and that was the end for Quinlan. With Simonetta pitching, a passed ball allowed Clark to score and the other two runners advanced a base. After a strikeout, Nik Ravesi walked to again load the bases, but Chris Frontale flied out to right field to end the inning.
The Red Raiders threatened again in the top of the fifth. When Max Fobes (2-for-4) singled with one out and moved to third on an error that allowed the ball to go out of play. Simonetta struck out Cooper and Nick Tomarchio grounded out to end this inning.
Simonetta struck out five and surrendered two hits to notch his second win in as many days.
Josh Collins scattered six Trojan hits, walked three and hit two batters in the complete game loss.
Homer 15, LaFayette 3: Blanden and Rosato were each 2-for-2 to lead the Trojans to victory over LaFayette. Homer scored four runs in the top of the first inning and five more in the second for a 9-0 lead before LaFayette got on the board.
With three runs on the board in the first, Trojan sophomore Andy Parker (2-for-3) delivered an RBI double in his first varsity at-bat for a 4-0 Homer lead.
It was Parker with a big two-run triple in the top of the second that was part of the five-run uprising.
Victor Dupuis scored on a passed ball for the first Lancer run and Chris Plumley added an RBI single in the bottom of the second.
Emptying his bench, Homer coach Robert Nasiatka saw his team score three runs in the third, two more in the fourth and one in the sixth while LaFayette plated one more run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Ricky Newman also swung a 2-for-4 bat for the Trojans in this victory.
Zach Randolph pitched the first three innings to earn the win. Ethan Forester tossed the fourth and fifth innings with Newman working the sixth.