July 12, 2010


Twin bill sweep for Homer Post

The Homer Post 465 American Legion baseball team had a productive afternoon Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Trumansburg Post 770 by scores of 6-2 and 5-1.
The first game at Homer High School saw the hosts (now 6-2) take the lead early, as Ethan Forster singled and came home on a towering home run by Zephan Kash. Trumansburg made it 2-1 in the bottom of the second before Homer scored twice in the bottom of the same frame for a 4-1 lead.
Post 465 then scored twice in the sixth. Alex Nelson and Payten Boice hit back-to-back doubles and Ben Langey singled. after Boice was thrown out at the plate, Andy Pagan walked and got caught in a rundown long enough to allow Langey to steal home with the second run.
Trumansburg scored once in the top of the seventh.
Winning pitcher Ben Smith scattered eight hits, all singles, with six strikeouts. “Ben pitched great today and let his defense do the work,” Post 465 coach Mike DiMattei said. “He kept Trumansburg off-balance and mixed his pitches well. It’s nice to see our pitchers working hard on the mound and giving our team a chance to win.”
DiMattei was also happy with his hurlers in the nightcap. Boice threw into the seventh and allowed three hits and a run with 10 strikeouts to pick up the win, while reliever Zephan Kash allowed one hit before getting the last three outs.
“It was excellent to see great pitching performances,” DiMattei said. “Payten pitched real well and had great command of his pitches. My plan was to use more pitchers to get ready for the playoffs but when you have performances like Ben’s and Payten’s you don’t need to use many pitchers.”
Homer broke open a scoreless tie in the second game with a five-run outburst, all with two outs, in the bottom of the fifth. The first two runs came on a bases-loaded outfield error on a fly ball before Smith singled home the third run and the last two (including Smith) came home on wild pitches. Smith finished 2-for-3 on the day with the RBI and run scored.
“All the runs were unearned but we will take it,” DiMattei said. “In a close game like this you have to take advantage of any mistake the opponent gives you. We did that and that is the reason we won the second game. McMillan pitched a great ball game for Trumansburg. It was unfortunate for him.”
Trumansburg scored its only run in the sixth and made things interesting in the seventh. Boice allowed a leadoff single and was relieved by Kash, who gave up a single and a walk to load the bases before retiring the next three batters to end the game.
“This was a good sweep for us,” DiMattei said. “It’s been a frustrating season with 13 cancellations, six due to the weather and seven due to teams having a lack of players. It was nice to get these games in.”
Post 465 winds up the regular season this week, visiting Cato on Tuesday and Dryden on Wednesday before hosting Cortland on Friday. The American Legion District 6 playoffs begin July 17 at Tompkins Cortland Community College.


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