May 4, 2016
Homer grabs victory in bottom of seventh
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Homer infielder Molly Ulrich waits for a throw to stop an advancing Mexico runner in the top of the fourth inning Tuesday. Ulrich drove home the winning run in the Trojans’ 4-3 win.
In a tightly contested OHSL Freedom National Division softball game Tuesday afternoon, Homer Central girls came away all smiles in dramatic fashion.
When it was all said and done, the outcome came down to the seventh inning on the Homer Junior High School diamond.
After the visiting Tigers scored once in the top of the final frame to break a 2-2 tie, the Trojans scored twice as Molly Ulrich’s walk-off single plated Mackenzie Conklin for a 4-3 triumph.
Homer improves to 3-2 in division play and 5-4 overall. Mexico slips to 1-6, 1-7 overall.
“This was a good win to start off the week,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “We had to come back twice and really had to be smart in the (batter’s) box in bottom of seventh to score two to win it after we gave up a run in top of the inning on two errors.”
Each team scored a run in the first inning with Homer taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth . Rachael Osterhoudt (2-for-3) led off the inning with a double and later scored on a ground out by Lindsey Sovocool.
Mexico tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth. Joccalynn Bailey (2-for-4) hit a two-out single and got in scoring position on a fielding error during the play. Kennedy Lamb (2-for-4) singled to score Bailey with the tying run.
Mexico got its go-ahead run in the top of the seventh when back-to-back errors puts runners on base. Bailey stroked a single to score Hannah Fravor for a 3-2 advantage.
The Trojan winning rally began with a one-out walk to designated hitter Emily Aloi. Conklin drew a walk and Rachel Egan (2-for-3) singled to load the bases. Aloi would score on a passed ball to knot the score at 3-3. With two outs, Ulrich delivered the winning single as Conklin dashed home.
Osterhoudt and Lamb both pitched well. Osterhoudt allowed seven hits and one earned run with five strikeouts. Lamb surrendered six hits with three walks and one strikeout with three earned runs.
“Rachael pitched the whole game. She and her sister Allie were working well together,” Colasurdo said, referring to catcher Allie Osterhoudt. “After giving up three hits in first inning, they communicated and spaced out a few more hits the rest of game with no more earned runs.”
Homer will host East Syracuse-Minoa today and Chittenango Thursday. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs recorded a 10-3 victory over Mexico Tuesday to improve to 6-2 on the season.
Cammy Austin pitched for the Trojans. She allowed four walks and scattered four hits while striking out nine Mexico batters.
“It was nice to get back to school and routine,” Homer coach Cheryl Carboine said. “Although we made some fielding mistakes in the first inning, they turned it around the rest of the way.”
Izzi Hart led the Homer offense as she went 4-for-5. Leah Reiner was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs while Nicole Hotchkiss wet 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.
Homer JVs will host Chittenango Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
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