April 22, 2013
Trojans romp to Baden Tourney title
When you hold a three-team baseball tournament, there is always the risk of having all three finish with 1-1 records on the day.
The would not occur on this chilly and windy Saturday at Homer Central, however, as the John Baden Tournament hosts made sure of that with a day-long bat barrage.
The Trojans toughest battle was staying warm with temperatures barely reaching 40 while a gusty breeze blew throughout. On the field Homer routed Groton 28-0 in the early game which went just five innings and posted a solid 16-3 triumph over Tully in the late game to capture the tournament title.
Between the two Trojan wins, Tully topped Groton 12-1 over five innings.
“You play tournaments to get the bats going and to see some pitchers get a chance to gain some confidence on the mound,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said, his team now 4-3 overall. “Darius (Stevens) and Jared (McGee) both got to work on their control and get that confidence today. That was important and it really helped us out as we head into a busy week of league games.
“Kenny Ellis, Josh Apker, Nick Guerrera and Garrett Lewis each got their first varsity hits today,” he continued. “Tully is a scrappy team and will be tough in Class C this season. Groton is struggling, but (Coach) Jeff Lewis will see his team through it and develop some ballplayers. He does have a good nucleus there. They just need more than 10 players.”
Homer 28, Groton 0: Homer wasted little time as the visiting team in the opener, crossing the plate a dozen times in the top of the first inning.
Igor Sokolik (3-for-4, three runs scored, 3 RBIs) had an RBI single, as did Jake Hayes, Chase Davis (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) and Jake Casey (3-for-4, 3 RBIs). Payten Boice (2-for-2, 4 RBIs) cleared the bases with a three-run double for the biggest blow of the rally.
The Trojans sent more than nine batters to the plate in four of the five innings.
Millet DeAngles added a 2-for-2 bat with three runs scored and Connor Simonetta had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. Garrett Lewis’ first hit came as an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning. Ellis drove in a run with first fifth inning single, Apker singles in the fifth and Guerrera debuted with a 2-for-3 effort with singles in the fourth and fifth innings.
On the mound, Stevens scattered five Groton hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
Groton hits came from Kyle Brown, Donnie Evener, Jeremy Weaver, Anthony Goodsell and Nate Stabler.
Homer 16, Tully 3: It was slow and steady in the second game for Homer.
The Trojans scored two runs in the bottom of the first, two more in the second and three in the third to take a 7-0 lead over the Black Knights (2-1).
Casey (2-for-3) and Boice (2-for-4, 4 RBIs) continued their hot hitting with RBI doubles in those opening innings.
Tully got on the board in the top of the fifth. Jake Pitman led off with a double, moved to third a ground ball and scored on an error.
Homer responded with nine runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Boice delivered a big two-run triple, Ellis stroked a bases-clearing triple and Bolton (2-for-2) added an RBI single during the big inning.
Simonetta finished with a 2-for-3 bat and designated hitter Nate Ulrich was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
McGee worked five innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits and two walks. McGee fanned six Tully batters. Hayes worked the final two innings giving up two seventh-inning runs, three hits and striking out one.
The Black Knights got those runs on an error and an RBI double by Zac Fritz.
John Mondo went 3-for-4 while Aaron Wintermute was 2-for-4.
Tully 12, Groton 1: Even though it was a tough day for Groton (0-6), the Indians did plate their third run on the season when Weaver doubled home Evener in the top of the fourth inning.
“The guys are working hard and trying their best,” Groton coach Jeff Lewis said. “We do all right, then we just have a couple of things go wrong and things fall apart. We’ll keep working at it.”
Homer will return to action this afternoon with a 4:45 p.m. OHSL Freedom Division contest at East Syracuse-Minoa. The Trojans will host Cortland Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.
Groton travels to Dryden today for a 4:30 p.m. Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division game.
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