October 23, 2021

Errors cost Homer in loss to Caz

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Homer catcher Abby Villnave tags out Cazenovia’s Kylie Fenton in the second inning of Thursday’s softball game.

HOMER — The Cazenovia Lakers took advantage of 10 Homer Trojan errors to run away with a 19-4 victory Thursday at Homer Junior High.

The Lakers scored in every inning except the third and scored multiple runs in five innings. Leadoff hitter Eva Gagner reached base all six times as part of a 5-for-6 effort with two doubles and four runs scored.

Flora Wilmot pitched a complete game with just five hits allowed and seven strikeouts and helped her own cause at the plate by going 4-for-6 with three doubles and five runs scored.

The bottom of the Lakers order was also hard for the Trojans to contain, with Mya Skeele going 4-for-5 with two triples and three runs and Abby Falso going 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI.

“We’ve been trying to clean up some of the errors and put some of the little things together,” Trojans coach Cris Colasurdo said. “They’re working hard and keeping their heads up, which is an important piece, and we’re hoping down the road we’ll see improvement.”

Catherine Apker was a bright spot for the Trojans, going 2-for-3 out of the leadoff spot with a solo home run, double, walk, three stolen bases and three runs scored.

“She’s been consistently doing well offensively,” Colasurdo said. “She’s a smart baserunner and she’s always on her toes, and she has speed and the ability to hit the ball.”

Lily Luety had two hits as well for the Trojans, and Morgan Brown had an RBI single and a stolen base.

The Trojans (0-3) and Lakers are scheduled for a rematch Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Cazenovia, weather permitting. Despite the winless start, Colasurdo has faith in her players’ ability to compete with anyone.

“We’ve seen CBA and Cazenovia and Fabius-Pompey, and they’re all good teams that I think we could compete with once we clean our errors up,” Colasurdo said.

McGraw 11, Cincinnatus 8

The Eagles used a five-run fifth inning to push past the Lions in their season opener.

Hannah Wilson had two walks, a double and three runs and Lexi Stiles scored four runs and threw five strikeouts for the Eagles.

“This was a great way to start the season,” Eagles coach Jessyca Doran said. “Both teams played well. (We) worked hard and pulled together as a team after a few errors. All my first-year varsity players did great, especially after missing last year’s season and coming up to varsity.”

Doran said that newcomers Wilson, Madison Boyer and Megan Stull “will all be a great asset to the program” and seniors Stiles, Elsa Fish, Emily Fish, Sarah Thornton and Hanna Fitzgerald “did a great job leading the team to a victory and helping the new players get their feet wet.”

Marin Dumian had a double and an RBI, and Kaires Raymond stole home for Cincinnatus.

BASEBALL

Skaneateles 9, Homer 3

Seven errors sunk the Trojans’ efforts against the Lakers, who scored all of their runs in the first three innings.

GOLF

Cincinnatus 293, McGraw 298

Collin Irvin’s 40 and L.J. Frink’s 47 pushed Cincy past McGraw for the Lions’ first league win of the season.

Caleb Knickerbocker led the Eagles with a 43.

Dryden 185, Groton 186 Dryden’s Connor Smith had the top score with a 38, just enough to push the Lions past the Indians and Kalib Manning’s 39.