May 11, 2012
Trojans take over 1st place
Avenge loss to Westhill with 1-0 shutout
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
A Westhill baserunner attempts to beat the throw to first from Homer Central’s third baseman Kevin McNeil (13 in the first inning of Thursday’s OHSL Liberty showdown. Homer won, 1-0.
The Homer Central baseball team got some extra-sweet revenge Thursday afternoon.
The Trojans got a complete-game two-hit shutout from junior Peyten Boice and scored the only run of the game without the benefit of a hit in beating visiting Westhill 1-0.
The win in their Coaches vs. Cancer Game — sponsored by the More Than A Game Foundation — gives coach Robert Nasiatka’s Trojans, ranked 10th in the state in Class B, sole possession of first place in the OHSL Liberty Division at 8-1 (11-1 overall).
The eighth-ranked Warriors fell into second at 9-2 (13-2 overall). Westhill had moved into first place last Thursday with a 2-0 home field win over visiting Homer when Boice lost a pitching duel to senior Alex Godzak of the Warriors.
“Peyten threw another gem,” Nasiatka said after this anticpated rematch, Boice with seven strikeouts and only two walks while throwing less than 80 pitches to improve to 4-1 on the season with an ERA of 0.95. The junior has allowed only 15 hits and recorded 46 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings of work.
The hosts had just one hit — a single by sophomore shortstop Chase Davis — against the Westhill mound duo of Godzak and J.C. Pena. Godzak went the first four innings and gave up that Davis base hit, striking out six and walking three. Pena provided two innings of scoreless relief for the visitors, striking out four Trojans.
The lone run in the contest came in the fourth inning, when a breezy and chilly day helped out Homer.
Senior third baseman Brent Quinlan struck out but reached first base when the ball got by Warrior catcher Jacob Nigolian to begin Homer’s decisive rally. Quinlan then stole second, went to third on a groundout and came home under somewhat unusual circumstances.
“Leo Riley hit a towering fly ball that started a good 30 feet foul,” Nasiatka said of the at bat by the senior first baseman. “Mother Nature was our friend for once and curved the ball back in play, which allowed it to just be missed by their first baseman, allowing Brent to score.”
Westhill mounted a threat in the seventh as two errors put men on second and third with one out. “The way we had been hitting, we gambled and brought the infield in,” Nasiatka said. The ploy worked, as Boice got a groundout to Davis at short and then finished his gem with a strikeout.
“This has to be the most enjoyable team to coach,” Nasiatka said. “Every player has a role and accepts it well.”
Homer visits Skaneateles Saturday morning and Jordan-Elbridge on Monday afternoon to begin stretch of five games in seven days.
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