May 11, 2013
Trojans’ Boice nails down elusive victory
Homer stays in first place chase by beating CBA
SYRACUSE — Redemption came for Payten Boice Friday.
In a baseball season of very good outings but no wins to show for it, the Homer Central senior pitcher could not have picked a better time to finally record that elusive and initial mound victory.
Boice allowed just two earned runs on seven hits and seven walks along with seven strikeouts as the Trojans stayed in OHSL Freedom American Division first place contention a with a crucial 10-4 victory at Syracuse CBA.
Homer improves to 9-2 in division play and 12-5 overall, sitting a mere half game behind Cortland (10-2, 13-3) in the American Division standings.
Despite yesterday’s loss, The Brothers of CBA still lead the Freedom National Division at 7-4, with a 10-4 overall mark.
“What a performance by Payten,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said of Boice’s effort. “He has been our hard luck pitcher all year, going five or six innings and leaving without a decision. The ball was his until the end of this one. This is what a senior leader does.”
The big thing that helped Boice gets his first win of the season was the 17-hit attack the Trojans unleashed on the CBA pitching staff.
Pitcher Webb Little allowed just four hits during The Brothers’ 6-0 win at Homer back on April 25. Little lasted just two innings in this rematch, allowing three runs on eight hits. He left the game and the Trojans pummeled Bradley McAuliffe for seven more hits and three runs.
Jake Hayes was an offensive spark has he went 4-for-4 with four runs scored. Jake Casey and Igor Sokolik each added 3-for-4 bats while Jake Trierweiler was 3-for-3. Casey drove in four runs while Sokolik smashed two doubles. Chase Davis came through behind and at the plate as the catcher was 2-for-3 with the stick.
“Jake Hayes had four hits and four stolen bases,” Nasiatka said. “He drove them nuts all day. Igor stays hot with a couple of hits and a couple of RBIs.”
Homer scored two runs in the top of the first inning and led 3-1 after two innings. The Brothers tied the game in the bottom of the third before the Trojans sealed the game with two runs in the top of the fourth inning and four ore runs in the fifth for the 9-3 cushion.
Justin Brennan led The Brothers offense by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Mike Trasolini went 2-for-5.
Homer will close out the regular season with three games next week. The Trojans travel to Fulton Monday before hosting Bishop Ludden Tuesday. Both games begin at 4:30.
The regular season finale could be the division title showdown as Homer travels to Beaudry Park Thursday to face Cortland at 6:30 p.m.
HOMER JVs played catch-up all afternoon before falling 8-6 to visiting Syracuse CBA Friday.
The Brothers led 3-0 in the top of the third inning before Homer put two runs on the board in the bottom of the inning. The Brothers got those two runs back in the next inning. Both team scored once in the fifth inning and twice in the sixth as CBA scored first and Homer answered. The Trojans did tack on one run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but they could get no closer.
Homer had two runners on in the seventh after scoring the run with no outs, but a ground out and double play ended the scoring threat. They were the 14th and 15th men left on base in the game.
Gage Root went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI to pace the Trojan attack. Brandon Grant added a 2-for-4 effort with a run scored and drove in a run.
Homer JVs will host Fulton Mondayand travel to Bishop Ludden Tuesday.
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