PREBLE — One day after having their four-game winning streak snapped, the Homer Central baseball team rallied with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday for a 6-3 victory over Cazenovia in OHSL Liberty Division action at Preble Park.
Homer is 5-2 in the Liberty American Division play and 5-3 overall. Cazenovia drops to 1-3 in the Liberty National Division and overall.
“Good defense by both catchers (J.P. Lyman and Nick Gravel) tonight in this summertime game,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said. “Joey Tummino with six strong innings on the mound. Great patience at the plate with 10 walks and three hit by pitches.”
Tummino allowed three runs on four hits while striking out four Cazenovia batters and walking four others. A fielding error and three of those hits came in the top of the third inning when the Lakers scored twice for a 2-0 lead. A leadoff single by Dan Hammond, who later scored, in the fourth pushed the Cazenovia advantage to 3-0.
Homer began its comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cody Wagner drew a walk to start things off and he stole second base. Jackson Brazo singled and both runners would later score. Andrew Hage had a sacrifice in that inning, Casey Hayes walked and Bryant Quinlan added a two-out single.
The Trojans exploded for the goahead runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Michael Strangeway walked, J.P. Lyman was hit by a pitch and Wagner drew his second walk of the game. Strangeway scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Lyman also crossed the plate on a wild pitch as Homer took a 4-3 lead. Hage would single with one out and eventually score, as did Wagner for the 6-3 cushion.
Tummino started the seventh inning and got a strikeout, but would leave the mound after throwing over 100 pitches. Hayes came on to record the final two outs and pick up a save.
Hage paced the Homer offense, going 2-for-3. Quinlan went 2-for-4 effort for the Trojans. Dylan McCrink led Cazenovia with his 2-for-4 bat.
On Tuesday, Quinlan was 3-for- 4 and Brazo went 2-for-2 during a 7-5 loss to Bishop Grimes.
Homer was scheduled to continue its busy week with a trip to Westhill for an OHSL Liberty American Division game today before wrapping up the week Friday at Jamesville-DeWitt Friday in a non-leaguer, with both contests set to start at 4:30 p.m.