Toyota High School Athlete of the Week- Homer High School's Fantastic 4
Any baseball team worth its salt has an "ace". That pitcher the manager can count on to deliver every time they hit the mound.
So what does it mean that Homer High School has four?
It means they're really good.
Despite a heartbreaking Section III Tournament loss at Adirondack on Thursday night, the Trojans have been paced by the fantastic four pitchers- Bryant Quinlan, Casey Hayes, Joey Tummino and Jason Haselkorn.
Hayes and Tummino have tossed no-hitters this season. Haselkorn hurled a one-hitter in a Section III Tournament win Monday against Central Valley Academy.
Even with the playoff defeat, Homer has an impressive 12-6 record on the season.
For their part, Hayes has an ERA of 0.67 over 21 innings pitched. Quinlan gave up just one run over 13 innings pitched. Tummino's WHIP is below 1 and Haselkorn leads the team in strikeouts this season.
“Casey threw the no-hitter versus Hannibal. Joe threw the no-hitter versus Mexico and I had my two versus Phoenix and APW, but it doesn’t matter, we’re all, doesn’t matter who it is, doesn’t matter who is pitching. We feel like we can get the job done, no matter what" says Haselkorn.
It's that chemistry that led the Trojans to the 7-seed in the playoffs in a difficult season ravaged by weather cancellations. What could have been---and was---a distraction and disadvantage for most schools provided an opportunity for Homer Baseball to band together and turn in an admirable season.
"We’ve had four senior pitchers who are really good, all of them are really good, and have had some good games where we don’t need a relief pitcher because they’re just playing, pitching so well" said Hayes.
Indeed, when the "Four Aces" and the rest of the Homer community looks back on the 2018 season they'll remember a team that could pitch with the best of them.
They'll remember a team with heart.
They'll remember what Homer Baseball is all about.