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May 14, 2008

 

Trojans’ Brevetti puts on HR show

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Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central’s Anthony Brevetti hit three home runs in Tuesday’s 15-3 win over visiting Fulton.

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

Anthony Brevetti has been on a hot streak and the senior delivered again Tuesday.
Brevetti went 4-for-4 with three home runs, scored four times and drove in five runs to power Homer Central to a 15-3 OHSL Freedom Division baseball victory over visiting Fulton.
For the season, Brevetti is hitting .522 with five doubles, nine home runs and 30 RBIs with a slugging percentage of .986 as the Trojans stand at 7-5 in the division. Homer is one game behind Jamesville-DeWitt, a 5-4 winner over Chittenango, yesterday, and stands 12-8 overall.
J-D is 9-4 with a league game at Cortland Thursday. Homer, Chittenango (6-5) and Phoenix (5-5) each have five league losses.
“It is nice to be in the position we are,” said Homer coach Rob Nasiatka after the win, but not yet knowing J-D had won. “It is nice to be in the hunt for a piece of the division title.
“It was a very efficient win today,” Nasiatka continued. “Danny (Miller) pitched well. Anthony is making a very strong bid for Player of the Year honors. Mike Reihlman has had seven hits in two games this week. We played well defensively as a team.”
“Homer hits the ball very well,” said Fulton coach Kip Harvey. “Brevetti really hit the ball today and Miller did a nice job on the mound. He kept us off balance with a nice curveball and that tailing fastball that broke back over the outside corner of the plate to right-handed batters.
“I was pleased that our guys never quit,” he continued. “They did not pout when we got behind 11-0 in the second inning and kept on playing hard.”
And what does Brevetti think of his three-homer night, in which he also set new single-season school records for hits (36), home runs (9) and RBIs (30)?
“I am seeing the ball great,” said Brevetti. “Right now, every ball looks like a volleyball. My swing is right and everything looks good.
“I am so happy with how our team has come together this season,” he continued. “There are a lot of guys who are having real good seasons and that make sit nice that we have a chance at the title.”
Homer took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Nick Biondi and Brevetti each singled with two outs before Riehlman (3-for-3) singled home Biondi.
The Trojan broke the game open in the second as 15 players went to the plate and 10 runs were scored. Biondi singled home two runs with bases loaded and Brevetti followed with a three-run homer that bounced off the buses in centerfield. Brandon Simonetta (3-for-5), Eric Rosato (2-for-4), Zach Randolph (2-for-3) and Ricky Newman each drove in one run. Newman actually sent two players across the plate, but an error on the right fielder allowed the second run to score.
After being hit by a pitch in the third inning, Brevetti hit his longest home run of the game a one hopper on the fence down the left field line (roughly 390 feet to the fence there) in the fifth inning and he homered 380 feet into the pine trees in left-centerfield in the sixth.
Miller pitched a solid game, allowing four hits and striking out six Fulton batters. Twice he pitched out of trouble with a runner at third base with less than two outs, but two of his five walks, plus two hits and one error led to a three-run fifth inning for Fulton (3-8, 3-13 overall).
Miller pitched five and one-third innings before Alex Duell made his first relief appearance and retired five batters with one walk.
Homer will host Phoenix Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in the final league contest of the season. The Trojans have non-leagues games with Fowler and Tully next week.
HOMER JVs built an 8-0 lead before holding on for a solid 11-7 triumph Thursday at Fulton to improve to 14-5 on the season.
Zach Blanden powered the Trojans by going 5-for-5 with two doubles, one triple, five runs scored and four RBIs. Andy Parker added a 3-for-5 effort with two runs scored and five RBIs.
“Andy really did a great job today because we have been struggling trying to find someone to hit fourth for us,” said coach Mike DeMattei. “He went the other way and to drive in important runs and really handled the bat well.
“Zach is doing exactly what you want out of your number three hitter,” he added. “He’s driving in runs and getting on base so the players behind him can produce.”

Ethan Forster pitched the first six innings. Forster allowed two runs, one earned, four hits and struck out three with two walks.