June 15, 2012


Post 465 bats held in check

OWEGO – Homer American Legion Post 465 fell to 1-1 in District 6 baseball play with an 8-1 loss to Owego Post 401 on Thursday.
Jake Shelley pitched a complete game one-hitter against Homer recording six strikeouts while walking three. Shelley — who will attend SUNY Cortland in the fall and play for Coach Joe Brown on the Red Dragons baseball team — gave up an unearned run in the top of the third inning.
“Shelley did a good job tonight, but we are struggling with the bat,” Homer coach Mike DiMattei said. “For the most part we are either pounding the ball into the ground or popping up weakly. Shelley walked two kids in the first inning and I thought we had a good opportunity to get some runs but we just couldn’t get to him.”
Owego started the scoring in the bottom of the first as the first four guys reached base. After a single and hit batter got the first two batters on, another single allowed Owego to take a 1-0 lead. Shelley then singled for the second run, but got caught in a run down between first and second for the first out. The third run scored on a wild pitch.
Homer closed the gap to 3-1 when Zach Thomas reached on a shortstop error, moved to second on a bunt by Chase Davis, stole third and scored on an errant throw from the Owego catcher. Owego scored two more runs in the bottom of the third inning and three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Homer starting pitcher Ethan Forster only lasted three innings as he gave up five runs and six singles. Forster walked two and struck out two. Jon Warner pitched the final 2-1/3 innings for Homer and didn’t allow a hit. Warner walked one and struck out three.
“Ethan hasn’t pitched in over a year and it showed a little tonight,” DiMattei said. “Owego didn’t hit anything hard off of him, the balls just found the right holes. That’s baseball. Ethan will get back out there and I have confidence that he will get better and better on the mound.”
“We need to do a better job and be better prepared,” he continued. “The season is still early and we have a lot of time to turn our offense around, but we, as a team, need to be better focused and prepared when we take the field.”
Homer takes the field again Saturday in a 1 p.m. at the high school, Horseheads will make the visit for this District 6 game.


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