May 3, 2011


Trojans hand Rams first loss of year

Despite being out-hit, Homer Central still came through to hand visiting Jamesville-DeWitt its first softball loss of the season on Monday afternoon.
Carissa Cornwell smacked a two-run home run and Alyssa Morgan pitched a complete game victory while being a bit of an escape artist — wriggling free of bases loaded trouble on two key occasions — as the Trojans prevailed 4-2 over J-D at the Homer Junior High School diamond.
The hosts made the most of just a handful of base hits to improve to 5-4 on the season in this non-league contest between OHSL Freedom Division squads.
The Red Rams came to town winners of nine straight games before dropping this match-up where two runs in the top of the fourth inning — driven home by Avery Share — were the only runs allowed by winning pitcher Morgan.
“All year long we’ve been telling them they can play with anybody, and they went out and did it,” said Coach Cris Colasurdo of her Trojans. “We gave up some hits, but we were able to make the plays defensively and hold them.”
Homer never trailed after building a 3-0 lead, capped by Cornwell’s home run.
After an error and back-to-back strikeouts in the bottom of the first frame, J-D starter Meghan Enstrom appeared to be pitching around dangerous Trojans catcher Katie Sinclair. Enstrom wasn’t careful enough, as Sinclair came up with an RBI double to put her side up 1-0.
Morgan got things rolling in the bottom of the third inning with a triple. After the next batter struck out, Cornwell delivered her home run blow to left and the Trojans had a 3-0 lead to protect.
A two-out rally in the fourth got the Red Rams back into things, back-to-back errors and a passed ball setting things up for Shear’s two-run single that trimmed the Trojans’ lead to a single run.
Hurler Morgan then got out of bases-loaded trouble with one out in the top of the fifth inning. A strikeout and infield pop-up kept the Red Rams from scoring.
Homer picked up an insurance run in the sixth after Sinclair walked and Cheyenne Gaffney’s push bunt went for a single. J-D got Sinclair out at third base on Hannah Gallagher’s bunt, but Chelsie Cornwell came through with a base hit to left-center to put the Trojans ahead 4-2.
J-D filled up the sacks with no outs in the seventh, only to have Morgan close the door. An infield pop-up, a strikeout and a grounder to third base snuffed out that final Red Rams scoring opportunity.
Homer is scheduled to hit the road this afternoon, to play an OHSL Freedom Division contest at Chittenango.
HOMER JVs were 8-7 winners over Jamesville-DeWitt behind the 4-for-5 hitting of Nikea Ulrich and pitching Annie Wynn. A steady defense supported Wynn’s five-hitter that featured six strikeouts.
Kelsey Root was 2-for-3 and Kristen Fuller 2-for-4 to add to the 13-hit offense, while leftfielder Bree Dexter made seven putouts to pace the defense.


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