May 8, 2008
Trojans pull out victory over J-D
Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central pitcher Halee Riley fires a pitch to a J-D batter during Wednesday’s softball clash. The Trojans escaped with a 7-6 victory.
Homer Central looked a little flat Wednesday, but the Trojans dug deep twice to rally from deficits before posting the 7-6 win over visiting Jamesville-DeWitt in OHSL Freedom Division softball action.
The second rally was capped by a three-run home run poke to deep centerfield by Stephanie Hartquist as Homer stays in first place with an 9-1 league record. The Trojans, ranked 17th n the state in Class A, are 12-2 overall.
Jamesville-DeWitt falls to 7-6, 8-7 overall.
“We were a little flat,” said coach Cris Colasurdo. “I don’t know if the girls were looking ahead to the Fulton game, but we lacked some intensity on defense.”
Homer is slated to host Fulton this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
“I was pleased with how we responded after J-D took leads in the first and fifth innings,” Colasurdo added. “We are hitting the ball well and Halee Riley did pitch well after the first inning.”
J-D’s Leah Porter belted a triple in the top of the first inning and escaped a rundown between third and home plate to score the first run of the game at the Homer Elementary School diamond.
Homer reacted quickly in the bottom of the inning. Danielle Swarm reached base on an error and Gabby Luety (2-for-3) followed with a two-run homer to put the Trojans in front.
The second and third innings were scoreless, but the Trojans added two runs in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back RBI singles by Luety and Ashley Brown to give Homer a 4-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Riley fanned the first two batters before getting in trouble. Tessa Devereaux, Jennifer Keeler (2-for-4) and Lauren Alciati (2-for-4) all hit singles to load the bases. Caitlin Titus singled home Devereaux and Kimberly Camperlino was hit by a pitch to force home Keeler. Kathryn Votra belted a bases-clearing double for a 6-4 Red Rams advantage. Brown came on to pitch for Riley and fanned the final J-D batter to end the scoring threat.
Riley and Courtney Rainbow started the Homer rally in the bottom of the fifth with back-to-back singles. Danielle Swarm hit into a fielder’s choice for the first out, but Hartquist strode to the plate and belted a long home run into deep centerfield that put the Trojans back on top 7-6. Brown kept the Red Rams off the board in the seventh and Homer escaped with the victory.
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