June 9, 2010
Post 465 off to good start
ITHACA — The Homer Post 465 American Legion baseball team opened its season on a good note Tuesday evening with a 12-6 win over host Ithaca Post 221.
Tyler Simonetta threw a complete-game three-hitter with 13 strikeouts for the mound win at Ithaca High School. “Tyler was terrific tonight,” Homer coach Mike DiMattei said. “We might have given up six runs, but only two of them were earned. He mixed his pitches well and had the batters fooled all night long. He was throwing all of his pitches for strikes and the 13 strikeouts and three hits allowed show what a dominant performance this was.”
Simonetta was backed by a 14-hit attack, as Zephan Kash (two home runs, three RBIs) and Kevin McNeil (triple, double, four RBIs) both went 3-for-4 to lead the way and Brent Quinlan was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.
Homer opened the scoring with a two-run third inning, McNeil with a two-run double and Kash a two-run homer sandwiched around an RBI single by Quinlan. after Ithaca tied the score with five runs in the bottom of the third, the visitors went up for good with four runs in the fourth, all with two outs. McNeil ripped a two-run double and Quinlan followed with an RBI triple before Kash singled home the final run.
After Ithaca scored its final run to make it 9-5 after five innings, Homer closed out the scoring with three runs in the seventh. Kash smashed a towering solo homer for the first run before Alex Nelson doubled and Justin Hogan (Cortland) beat out an infield single. Nelson and Hogan then scored on consecutive passed balls.
“Zephan’s second homer was crushed,” DiMattei said. “He hit it to the pitcher’s mound of the softball field, which is located beyond the right field fence. Our hitting and pitching were both solid. If we can match them with good defense, we’ll be a difficult team to beat. We still have a lot to build on, but this is a good group of kids and we will get better as the season progresses.”
Homer hosts the same Ithaca Post 221 squad in a doubleheader Sunday at Homer High School, the first game set to start at noon.
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