May 3, 2013
Trojans pull out big win over J-D
Sophomore Hayes singles home winning runs in 7th
Jake Hayes may be one of the youngest players on the Homer Central baseball roster, but he came through like a poised and seasoned veteran on Thursday afternoon.
The sophomore shortstop stroked a one-out, two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Trojans to a 6-5 OHSL Freedom Division victory over ninth state-ranked Jamesville-DeWitt.
With that dramatic outcome, the Trojans (6-2 league, 8-3 overall) and visiting Red Rams (8-2, 11-2) each have two league losses in this three-way battle for the top spot in the American Division that includes idle Cortland High (5-2, 7-3).
“What a great team effort,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said. “They got down on themselves a little because we gave them a couple of opportunities when we should have stayed ahead. We came back strong. We fought and fought, that was really awesome.”
“You can’t ask much more out of a high school baseball game,” J-D coach Ryan Dera said. “It really was two good teams going at it. We both had our aces on the mound. It was a good high school baseball game. We lost, but this will make us better later on in the year. We will learn from the little things we could have done differently. Our boys played well. I told them they played well. We didn’t boot the ball or throw the ball around.”
“It’s really a crazy division,” he added. “Anyone can beat anyone on a given day. Every single one of these teams, Homer, CBA, Cortland, Bishop Ludden are going to play hard. You have to come ready to play every day and you know you can expect a battle.”
J-D starter Chris McGee struck out the first batter in the bottom of the seventh, before Millet DeAngles drew a walk. Igor Sokolik redeemed his two earlier strikeouts with a scorching double into right-centerfield to put runners at second and third.
Coach Dera brought Sam Crisalli on the face Hayes (2-for-4) and the sophomore drove a 2-2 pitch into centerfield as pinch-runner Kyle Ritz scored from third and Sokolik raced home from second base to score the winning run.
“MY HIT FELT GREAT, but it’s more important that we got the win,” Hayes said. “It helped us get back into first place. I had a little pressure on me, but I’ve been working in the cage and that preparation helped me today.”
“We walked in against the best pitcher in the league with our seven, eight and nine batters,” Nasiatka said. “Millet works an eight-pitch walk, Kyle Ritz comes in to run for him. You then get a huge hit from Igor, who took a pitch and drove it. Jake Hayes then comes up with the clutch hit.
“Jake has been hitting them ball well,” he added. “He has settled in at shortstop also, which allows me to move Payten Boice to second to save his arm a little.”
“I’ve been working with Coach Ross (Halpern) on my fielding,” Hayes said. “He’s been giving me a lot of tips.”
While McGee was saddled with the loss, Trojan starter Boice pitched five and one-third innings only to get a no decision. The senior has pitched well this season, but is just not getting the wins to go with his efforts.
“I feel sorry for Payten,” said Nasiatka. “He’s pitching his guts out and he can’t get a win, but that’s what you call a team win. He held on to help us get the win. A lot of the credit for this win does still go to Jared McGee. He went seven on Tuesday (in a win over Fulton) and if I had to use either Payten or Jake Casey that night, I would not have had them today.”
“I really don’t know what to say,” Boice said. “I have been keeping out team in it. I really don’t care if I get the win as long as the team wins. That’s all that matters. It’s a team effort.
“The home run was my fault,” he added of the lead-off homer by Chris McGee in the top of the first inning. I left the ball up I settled down and knew the guys behind me could make the plays. I let the guys field the ball. I give them all the credit. It was a great team effort. It really was a major turnaround after losing 19-2 to them early in the year. The race for the title is going to be exciting.”
AFTER TAKING THE 1-0 lead, J-D added a run in the second inning after Jimmy Sinopoli drew a lead-off walk. He moved to second on a single by Dylan McGee and Tom Canfield’s fielder’s choice allowed Sinopoli to advance to third. He scored on a passed ball.
Homer tied the game in the bottom of the second. Jake Trierweiler delivered an RBI double and a fielder’s choice plated the tying run.
The Trojans took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Hayes led off with a double and Chase Davis singled to put runners at the corners. Jake Casey hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Trierweiler to score for a 3-2 Homer lead. After stealing second, Casey moved to third on an error and he scored on Boice’s sacrifice fly as the Trojan lead grew to 4-2.
J-D got one run back in the fourth inning. Crisalli (2-for-3) singled with one out. Dylan McGee walked and Canfield singled to right field. Crisalli scored, but McGee was thrown out at third base by rightfielder Connor Simonetta.
A soft throw to first base allowed Nick Austin to get an infield single in the top of the fifth inning. Austin would score on a two-out double by John Werbowsky as the Red Rams tied the game at 4-4.
In the top of the sixth, Boice walked two batters that sandwiched a strikeout. The second walk saw Nasiatka bring Casey to the mound and he ended the threat with a flyout and strikeout.
J-D took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh inning. Casey issued a two-out walk to Werbowsky. Casey tried a pick-off throw that sailed wide and the runner moved to second. Sinopoli hit a single up the middle and Werbowsky scampered home with the go-ahead run. After Crisalli singled, Casey got a ground out to end the Red Ram scoring threat and set up the dramatic Trojan comeback.
Homer will play a non-league contest Saturday at Westhill, a 4 p.m start.
HOMER JVs dropped a 12-8 decision at Jamesville-DeWitt Thursday as the Red rams scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning overcome a 8-7 deficit.
“This was a frustrating loss because I know our team is as good as J-D, if not better,” Homer coach Mike DeMattei said. “We scored 15 total runs against this team in two games and no wins to show for it. We’ll get better because these guys will continue to work hard and learn from their mistakes.”
The Trojans (2-7 overall) had plenty of offense as they pounded out 16 hits, but left 12 runners on base. Nick Guerrera led the offense going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. Garrett Lewis and Kenny Ellis both went 3-for-5 with a double. Jackson Dowdle was 2-for-4 and Brandon Grant went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
Homer JVs will host Mexico Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
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