PREBLE — Casey Hayes pitched another gem Thursday as the Homer Central varsity baseball team got back to its winning ways.
Hayes tossed a two-hit shutout over six innings as the Trojans posted a 5-0 OHSL Liberty Division victory over Solvay at Preble Park. Homer improves to 6-3 in the Liberty American Division and 6-4 overall. Solvay drops to 5-5 in the Liberty National Division and 7-5 overall.
“It’s amazing how much more confidence a team has when the defense comes up big,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said. “There was only one error that could have really gone as a hit. Casey Hayes was in control the entire game. He had control of all four pitches. Great defense by Michael Strangeway and Bryant Quinlan in the infield Solvay was 7-4 and in front of us in sectional seeding; this was a very big win.”
Robby Clark had a single in the fifth inning and Owen Lansing singled in the sixth for the lone Bearcat hits. Hayes went six innings with five strikeouts and four walks before Joey Tummino tossed the seventh inning, allowing one walk and one strikeout.
The Trojans scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, benefiting from two hits and three Solvay errors. Quinlan hit a solo home run in the fifth for the final run as he was 2-for-3 at the plate. Cody Wagner added a 2-for-3 effort as the Trojans totaled nine hits off Mason Sands, who went the distance for Solvay.
Homer hosts Vestal from Section 4 today in a 4:30 p.m. non-league game at Preble Park.