April 15, 2016
Aloi plate perfection boost for 2-0 Trojans
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer shortstop Molly Ulrich forces Phoenix baserunner Shannon Dolan at second base Thursday. Homer’s Mackenzie Conklin backs up the play.
Ashley Aloi was perfect at the plate and it helped Homer Central win its OHSL Freedom National Division softball home opener Thursday.
Aloi went 3-for-3 with a home run as the Trojans improved to 2-0 with a 7-2 win over visiting Phoenix at the Homer Junior High School diamond.
The visiting Firebirds fall to 0-1 in the division, 0-2 overall.
“It was another good game,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said, her team coming off a 16-1 win over Chittenango the previous day. “We hit the ball well and we made the plays in the field. Caley Cornwell and Lindsey Sovocool both made great catches to keep Phoenix from scoring runs.”
Homer took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Aloi delivered a two-run home run.
Phoenix scored once in the second and again in the third to tie the game, but the Trojans responded with a run in the bottom of the third to retake the lead for good. Molly Ulrich reached on an error and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Mackenzie Conklin. Allie Osterhoudt hit a fly ball that was dropped and Ulrich scored for the 3-2 lead.
Homer pitcher Rachael Osterhoudt took it from there.
Though not a hurler who piles up a lot of strikeouts, Osterhoudt does not walk opposing batters and consistently gets the ball over the plate while letting her defense make the plays. She allowed eight hits, but held the Firebirds to just the two runs.
Osterhoudt helped her own cause by going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Homer added solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings before sealing the win with two runs in the sixth inning. With two outs, Conklin reached second base on an error. Allie Osterhoudt singled her home. After Aloi walked, Cornwell smacked an RBI double.
Alicia Midlar led Phoenix with her 3-for-4 bat.
Homer will return to Freedom Division action Monday, hosting East Syracuse-Minoa at 4:30 p.m. behind Homer Junior High School.
HOMER JVs improved to 2-0 on the season with a 10-2 victory over Phoenix Thursday. Cammy Austin pitched a strong game for the Trojans as she struck out seven batters and only allowed two hits.
Izzi Hart led the 13-hit Trojan offense with her 4-for-4 bat that included one triple and two RBIs. Kim Duda caught for Austin and went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs. Nicole Hotchkiss and Cammy Austin both had triples.
“Marisa Cottrell impresses me with her speed, scoring four times,” Homer coach Cheryl Carboine said. “Defensively, we are playing well to. I am thrilled with our start.”
Homer will host Cortland JVs Saturday 11 a.m. before ES-M comes to town Monday at 4:30 p.m.
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