May 1, 2012
Homer avenges lone league loss
MARCELLUS — Homer Central and Marcellus began the month as softball adversaries and the rematch came on the last day of April.
The Mustangs took that first encounter 10-3, and that had been the only OHSL Liberty Division loss for the Trojans. With five different players rapping out two hits and Alyssa Morgan scattering just four Marcellus hits, Homer got revenge with a 10-2 triumph on Monday — giving the visiting team wins in each contest.
The first place Trojans improve to 6-1 in league play and 8-2 overall. The Mustangs slip to 4-2, 7-2 overall and into fourth place in the league standings.
“We scored a lot of our runs with two outs,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “Alyssa did a nice job and the defense played well behind her. It was also nice to see us get some hits today. Everyone really stepped up.”
Homer took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning and built an advantage with three more runs in the third. Katie Sinclair (2-for-5) opened the third with a single and she moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Meaghan Bossard. After a fly out, Chelsea Cornwell drove home Sinclair with an RBI single. Cheyenne Gaffney (2-for-3) stepped to the plate and belted a two-run homer to give the Trojans had a 4-0 lead.
Marcellus got one run back in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Homer retook command with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Cornwell drew a walk and Gaffney singled for the Trojans. Kristen Fuller (2-for-4) stepped to the plate and drove the ball into left-centerfield for a double, scoring both Cornwell and Gaffney for a 6-1 lead.
The Mustangs tried to battle back with one run in the bottom of the fifth, but Homer continued to put runs on the board. Two more runs in the sixth and two in the seventh helped the Trojans build the final margin. Morgan and Nikea Ulrich helped the assault as each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
As well as Morgan hit the ball, she was equally effective in the pitching circle. Morgan struck out six Marcellus and walked three Mustangs.
Homer will return to non-league action Thursday. The Trojans will travel to Mexico for a 4:30 p.m. game.
HOMER JVs dropped a 14-1 decision to visiting Solvay. “Solvay just had their 47-game winning streak broken by Marcellus,” Homer coach Cheryl Carboine said. “They were a very good team, but we held it close until the fifth.”
Solvay led 2-0 entering the fifth and the Bearcats pulled away with eight runs that inning to go ahead 10-0.
“Lately it seems we have a terrible habit of having one bad inning,” Carboine said. “We committed too many mistakes in the fifth which you can’t do against a strong team like Solvay.”
Solvay pitcher Lindsay Burnett handcuffed the Homer batters with 11 strikeouts and four walks while surrendering just five hits.
Molly Ulrich laid down two bunts for hits and Megan Neuman had a triple and a home run for Homer. Lisa Sharpe was the only other hit. Homer travels to Skaneateles Wednesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.
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