Homer baseball team falls in the sectional quarterfinals

The fourth-seeded Homer varsity baseball team fell 5-3 to 12th-seeded Marcellus in the Section III Class B quarterfinal round on Thursday at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.

Nasiatka noted the slew of errors committed by the Trojans “hurt our chances.”

“We laid an egg at the wrong time,” he said. “My heart breaks for the 10 seniors this season because we had a good shot this year. We had the pitching, the hitting and won 15 games.”

Despite the miscues, Nasiatka noted his team “never quit.”

“They showed heart today,” he added.

The Mustangs led 5-1 after five innings. Tanner Douglass crushed a two-run home run to slice the deficit to two runs, but the Trojans’ comeback effort fell short.

Douglass led Homer’s batting order with a home run, two singles, scored two runs and drove in two. Mitchell Earle singled twice and scored a run. Joey Case doubled and knocked in a run.

On the mound, Tristan Allen tossed 2.2 innings, giving up a hit and striking out two. In relief, Earle allowed five runs (two earned), five hits, and a walk while fanning six batters.

Despite Homer graduating 10 seniors this year, Nasiatka is confident in a solid 2023 campaign for his team. The 2023 varsity Trojans team includes a plethora of returning players, plus a core group of players from the junior varsity squad.

“We’ll be back next season,” Nasiatka said.