July 29, 2016
Babe Ruth Basball: Homer White wears crown
Joe McIntyre staff photographer
Homer White baserunner Andrew Hage (7) slides safely into home beating the tag of Homer Blue catcher Cody Wagner in the third inning Thursday at Greg’s Field.
The Cortland County Babe Ruth League playoff championship game was up for grabs Thursday night, until the Homer White squad came to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning at Greg’s Field.
That’s when the regular season first place finishers crossed the plate a dozen times to pretty much settle things, Homer Blue going on to knock off baseball cohort Homer Blue 17-4 in a game halted after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Homer White took advantage of several walks and errors in that decisive fourth inning outburst to cap off a 14-1 season, as second-seed Homer Blue was within 5-3 before things fell apart to conclude their season at 9-3.
“We had a good season,” noted Homer White coach Dan Kelly. “I always just want to have fun and see players improve during the season, but I just happened to have great players.”
Homer White finished with a 12-3 hit advantage, as starter Vinnie Saraceno picked up the win. Reliever Taber Sunderland faced the game’s final four batters, striking out two and issuing a walk.
Andrew Hage was 3-for-4 and scored three times for Homer White, while Jackson Brazo was 2-for-2 with four runs scored and Jed Brazo 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.
A Kaden Ryan double was among the three Homer Blue hits.
“We fielded the ball really, really well. They hit the ball hard, but we just made plays. All of our fielders made plays,” said Coach Kelly, middle infielders Zane Grihin, Jackson Brazo and Jed Brazo among those excelling in the field along with first baseman Louis Nardis and catcher Jason Haselkorn. Coach Kelly also lauded the season-long play of leadoff hitter Ryan Bogacz.
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