April 26, 2016
Raiders rally by Trojans
Rich Barnes/contributing photographer
Homer Central’s Molly Ulrich was unable to stretch far enough to haul in this Fulton line drive during Monday’s softball outing at the Homer Junior High School diamond.
After jumping out to a 5-0 start through two innings, Homer Central appeared headed towards its fourth victory of this young softball season.
The Trojans prosperity would not last, however, as visiting Fulton responded by scoring runs in each of the final five innings and securing a 14-7 victory in Monday’s OHSL Freedom Division match-up.
Madison Gilmore homered and tripled to lead Fulton’s 14-hit offensive at the Homer Junior High School diamond that negated the hosts’ quick getaway, dropping the Trojans’ record to 3-2.
“We weren’t as sharp as we have been on defense and to have that happen when we face a good hitting team isn’t good,” said Homer coach Cris Colasurdo. “Fulton had some solid hits, but our defense should have handled some of the hits and made the plays.”
Homer was held to six hits, collected by six different players, A Rachael Osterhoudt double and Ashley Aloi triple were among the Trojans’ highlights, as Morgan Fickett, Jasmine Joseph, Emily McNeill and Molly Ulrich all had singles.
Ulrich scored three of Homer’s seven runs.
For Fulton, Gilmore finished 2-for-4, scored three times and drove in five runs from her clean-up spot in the Red Raiders batting order. Leadoff hitter Brittney Alton finished 4-for-4 and scored twice, while Casey Jones and Karly Kearns had two-hit success for the winners.
After Fulton grabbed a 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth, Homer did score twice in the bottom of that same frame to regain the lead at 7-5. Ulrich reached on an error, stole second and went to third on an overthrown. Osterhoudt also walked and helped herself to second in the next pitch. Aloi scored Ulrich on a sacrifice fly that enabled Osterboudt to reach third, where she scored on a passed ball.
That was the last run Homer scored, as Fulton put together runs over the final three innings to pull away.
“We couldn’t adjust to their pitching change and struggled to get solid hits,” said Coach Colasurdo, Homer getting just one hit off reliever Alton. Homer loaded the bases in the fifth, but a grounder back to Alton ended that inning.
HOMER JVs were 22-8 winners over Fulton, as pitcher Nichole Hotchiss took over on the mound in the third inning and gave up just two hits while striking out seven the rest of the way.
“We started out playing a little too sloppy but got much better as the game went on,” said Coach Cheryl Carboine. “Abby Wagner caught and did a nice job.”
Cammy Austin was a perfect 5-for-5 to lead the Homer offense, with Wagner going 3-for-5. Ashley Casterline also came up with a pair of nice catches in right field on the day.
Homer varsity and JV squads travel to Jamesville-DeWitt on Wednesday, both games 4:30 p.m. starts.
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