June 1, 2010
Trojans breeze into semifinals
After a bumpy top of the first inning, it was all smooth sailing for Homer Central in the Section 3 Class A softball tournament quarterfinals Saturday.
Three Trojan errors gave seventh-seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill gave 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but second-seed Homer rolled to a 12-1 triumph as Alexis Brown tossed four-hit ball for six innings and Alyssa Morgan hurled a perfect seventh inning.
The Trojans (17-4) will meet sixth-seed Jamesville-DeWitt (11-8) Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals at Hopkins Road Complex. The other semifinal will follow at 7 p.m. as top-seed Oneida (17-4) battles fifth-seed Chittenango (12-8) to finalize the Class A championship game.
“We did settle down after the first inning,” Homer coach Cris Colasurdo said after the shaky start at the Junior High diamond. “We had good practices and the loss to Susquehanna Valley was still a good tune-up to prepare us for sectionals.
“We worked hard on our hitting,” she continued. “We were selective at the plate. We executed our bunts and we were sharper on defense.”
V-V-S (11-11) got a lead off single by Ashley Palmer. Courtney Smith sacrificed her to second base. Stephanie Siriano hit a ground ball through the legs of the Trojan second baseman as Palmer raced to third. The ball was then bobbled in the outfield and Palmer scored on the second fielding error of the play. Siriano reached second on a throwing error, but Brown struck out two consecutive batters to end the inning.
Morgan led off the bottom of the first with a walk. She moved to second on a wild pitch by Siriano and Jessica Parmiter sacrificed her to third. Gabby Luety singled home Morgan to tie the game at 1-1.
Katie Sinclair (2-for-4) singled to put runners at first and second. Ashley Crossway (2-for-3) singled to score Luety while Sinclair moved to third. After Crossway stole second, Carissa Cornwell (2-for-3) singled to left field as Sinclair and Crossway crossed the plate for a 4-1 Trojan advantage.
After a scoreless second inning, the Trojans got a run in the bottom of the third. Crossway drew a two-out walk and moved to second on a passed ball. Cornwell singled to left-centerfield and Crossway scored on the ball.
V-V-S got runners to first and second in the fourth inning, but could not score. Homer got two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-1 advantage. Cayla Hartnett (2-for-3) had a RBI double and she would score on a ground-out by Luety.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Cornwell and Rachel Perry drew walks to start the Trojan at-bat. Hartnett’s single would score Cornwell and Perry later scored on a wild pitch as Homer’s lead grew to 9-1.
The Red Devils tried to mount a rally in the top of the sixth, but the Trojan defense made the plays to force out runners at second and third to end the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Sinclair hit a line drive into the midsection of Siriano after she delivered a pitch and she dropped to the ground in pain. She was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Crossway doubled to put runners at second and third. Perry drew a walk to load the bases. Sinclair scored on a wild pitch. Crossway and pinch runner Alyssa Smith scored on a two-out double by pinch-hitter Ashley Barnard.
Morgan pitched the seventh inning for the Trojans. Two groundouts sandwiched a strikeout to end the game as Homer advanced to the semifinals.
“It was nice to be have the bottom of the order involved,” Colasurdo said. “We got some key hits from Carissa, Cayla and Meghan Hartquist. Ashley got a nice pinch hit. She and Alyssa Smith have worked hard all year to make the most of the chances they get when they are asked to play.”
The team philosophy has generated 17 wins to date, the Trojans hoping it carries on to a sectional title.
To read this article and more, pick up today's Cortland Standard
Click here to subscribe