PREBLE – The Homer Central baseball team began its three-game homestand to end the regular season in memorable fashion Wednesday at Preble Park.
Joey Tummino gave up three walks and struck out 10 batters for the team’s second no-hitter of the season as the Trojans rolled to a 14-0 five inning OHSL Liberty American Division victory over Mexico.
Casey Hayes threw the first no-hitter on April 26 in a 10-0 five inning win over Hannibal.
“Joey pitched well,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said. “Bryant Quinlan saved the no-hitter with a great play on a grounder deep in the hole at shortstop for the first out of the fifth inning. This is a great time for the hitting, pitching and fielding to gel.”
Homer gave Tummino all the run support he needed with four runs in the bottom of the first inning.
The Trojans then sent 15 batters to the plate during a 10-run second inning.
Tummino helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and one run scored. Cody Wagner went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI while Andrew Hage was 2-for-2 with one runs scored and one RBI. In all, the Trojans had 13 hits to go with the 14 runs scored.
Homer will host A-P-W at Preble Park this afternoon at 4 p.m. to close out the OHSL Liberty Division season. The Trojans will finish the regular season on Saturday by hosting Cortland High in a 3 p.m. non-league game that will mark the return to the Homer High School baseball field, which was not used during the construction and renovations at the high school.
The Homer JVs moved to 8-2 on the year with 5-2 victory at Cazenovia.
Starting pitcher Jed Brazo kept Cazenovia off the board for the first five innings as he struck out eight Lakers and the Trojans clung to a 1-0 lead. A leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth chased Brazo as Cazenovia scored two runs to go ahead 2-1.
Homer would score four times in the top of the seventh inning on one hit. The Trojans took advantage of some walks combined with good baserunning and by putting the ball in play.
Hunter White was 2-for-4 for Homer. Braeden Rolfe had the only hit in the seventh to drive in one of the four runs.
The JVs visit Mexico on Monday.