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April 24, 2010

 

Trojans recover to blank Mexico

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

It was the response that coach Cris Colasurdo was looking for.
One day after getting just four hits and struggling during a 6-4 loss to Jamesville-DeWitt, her Homer Central softball squad came right back with a 14-hit attack while Alexis Brown and Alyssa Morgan combined on a four-hit shutout.
The result was a 9-0 Trojans win Friday over Mexico in an OHSL Freedom Division outing at Homer Junior High School. The Trojans improve to 6-1, 8-2 overall. The Tigers fall to 3-3 in league and overall play.
“The girls did a nice job bouncing back from yesterday,” Colasurdo said. “We made some mental mistakes yesterday, but we looked much sharper today. Alexis pitched out of trouble in one inning by keeping her composure. On offense, we didn’t settle for the little things. We attacked more and it paid off. We produced runs and took advantage of Mexico’s mistakes.
“It was very important to bounce back with a league win,” she added. “There will be more times when we will have to be strong the next day. That’s one thing we are learning to do. To come right back after one out, or one game, and make the next play. We are in position to win another league title, so getting the win was very important.”
Katie Sinclair led the Homer assault by going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Lead-off batter Morgan went 2-for-4 with two ribbies and Brown, who was batting ninth in the starting line-up, went 2-for-2 with one RBI. In all, everyone who went to the plate got at least one hit.
“All the girls are capable of hitting if they focus on what they are doing,” Colasurdo said. “Today they were selective with what pitches they swung at. It’s just a matter of who will step up in the game.”
Mexico’s lead-off hitter Kayla Clark was the biggest thorn in the side of Brown and Morgan. Clark went 3-for-4 and led off the game with a double. She wandered too far from the base and was picked off by Luety with a strong throw from behind the plate to Jessica Parmiter who snuck in behind the runner.
The only other Mexico threat came in the fourth inning. Katie Gayne led off with a single. Markie Mannise drew a walk and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Alyssa Grove walked to load the bases, but Morgan buckled down.
She struck out Megan Gayne for the first out. Sinclair made a heads-up play on a grounder by Shannon Cilento. Without hesitation, she fielded the ball quickly and threw to home plate to force out the lead runner, Katie Gayne. Brown then struck out her counterpart in the circle, Bri Vincent, to end the inning.
Morgan came on in the fifth inning and struck out seven of the first eight batters she face. Clark was the lone hit, a two-out single in the fifth.
The Trojans scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the second to get the scoreboard moving. Cayla Hartnett got things started with a single and she kept on running to second as the ball went between the outfielder’s legs. Hartnett moved the third on a passed ball and scored on an error by Vincent, who did not field the one-hopper by Parmiter cleanly.
Parmiter stole second and went to third on a single by Brown. Morgan singled to drive in Parmiter and Brown for the 3-0 lead.
Homer added two runs in the third. The first run was on a bases loaded fielder’s choice by Hartnett. Brown’s second single of the game scored the fifth run of the game.
Ashley Crossway opened the Homer half of the fourth inning with a triple. A scary moment followed when Sinclair ripped a foul-ball line drive that clipped Crossway between the left shoulder and neck.
“The bottom of the ball just grazed that bit of muscle above the collarbone.” Crossway said later.
The force of the shot knocked her down, but she got up and scored when Sinclair singled. Crossway sat out final two inning of the game.
The Trojans closed out the hitting effort with three runs on four hits and two errors in the bottom of the sixth to make the final count 9-0.
Homer softball will return to OHSL Freedom Division action Monday as the Trojans travel to Meldrim Field to face Cortland High at 4:15 p.m.