May 23, 2012
Trojans trip Tigers in sectional tune-up
Homer Central softball had a little tune-up game Tuesday in preparation for sectional tournament play that begins Thursday.
Alyssa Morgan went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and was the only multiple hitter during the Trojans’ 5-1 non-league victory over visiting Mexico in the regular season finale. Homer will enter tournament play with a 14-4 overall record, the sixth-seeded Trojans to host 11th-seed Syracuse CBA (10-6) at 4 p.m. back on their Junior High diamond.
In beating Mexico, pitchers Taryn Heath and Anni Wynn combined on a five-hitter as Homer played steady defense behind the two hurlers.
“Taryn and Anni did a good job,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said. “Taryn pitched the first four innings and I brought Anni in for the last two innings to give the batters a different look and speed.
“We had a better defensive game,” she added. “We made the plays with very few errors. We also executed on offense better. This was a good win and a good way to head into sectionals.”
Homer took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Mexico evened the score in the top of the third inning. The turning point came in the bottom of the inning.
Morgan led off with a triple and that hit would spark a four run outburst. The Trojans loaded the bases, but did not score a run until Cheyenne Gaffney came to the plate. Gaffney belted a grand-slam home run into left field to break the tie and give the Trojans a 5-1 lead. Heath and Wynn pitched shutout ball the rest of the way. Wynn record five strikeouts in her two innings of work.
Three of the four Homer hits were were extra bases, the previously mentioned Morgan triple and Gaffney homer joined by a Bree Dexter double. Carissa Wilson finished 2-for-3 for Mexico.
HOMER JVs finished their season Tuesday with a 15-3 loss at Solvay.
“We finished our season with eight wins and six losses in a very tough league,” Homer coach Cheryl Carboine said. “It was a pleasure coaching these girls. They worked hard throughout the season and always stayed positive and had fun.”
The Trojans managed just three hits in the contest. Those hits were a bunt by Stephanie Kristof, a bunt by Molly Ulrich and single to right field by Lisa Sharpe. Homer batters also fanned 13 times.
Megan Neuman pitched the entire game and recorded five strikeouts, but was put in a deep hole after Solvay scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Homer got all three of its runs in the top of the sixth inning.
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