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Trojans sweep past Fulton

By TOM VARTANIAN
Staff Writer

The awakening of the bats and two solid pitching performances made for a good day for Homer Central on Good Friday.
Darius Stevens tossed a six-hitter in the Trojans’ 11-1 OHSL Freedom Division baseball win over visiting Fulton in the first game of this doubleheader, supported by a 16-hit offensive display.
Playing as the visiting team for the second game, Homer starter Rex Ryan was given an eight-run lead in the top of the first inning and the senior limited the Red Raiders to three hits during a 14-2 triumph to complete the sweep.
The Trojans improve to 3-0 in league and overall play with the twin bill success, while Fulton falls to 1-3 in the Freedom Division and 1-4 overall.
At the plate, Jake Casey went 6-for-8 on the day with a double, triple, three runs scored and five RBIs. Chase Davis was 6-for-8 as well with a double, four runs scored and three RBIs. Jake Hayes collected his first hits of the season by going 5-for-7 with a double, five runs scored and three RBIs.
Nate Ulrich was 4-for-8, Connor Simonetta went 3-for-6 and Chris Lee was 2-for-3 in the opener while Gage Root collected his first varsity hit in the first game while Anthony Saraceno and Zach Egan did the same in game two.
“The job Darius and Rex did in a week where you have nine games is in valuable,” Homer coach Robert Nasiatka said of his starting pitchers. “Rex got hit in the head with a line drive at last Saturday’s scrimmage in Vestal. That concerned me, but he settled in.
“Darius was impressive,” he continued. “He wants the number two slot in the rotation and, if he keeps working like this, he’ll have it because he really did look good. Chris Lee also got some work and that was important. We are still working on things and we still have to do work on a lot of stuff because we have had just three games and three outdoor practices. It was nice today because everyone got to contribute.”

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