New Hartford’s Ryan Faro (5), reacts after sliding safely into home, with what would be the game’s only run.
Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo
The #2 seeded, New Hartford Spartans baseball team got a complete game, three hit shutout, pitching performance from sophomore right-hander, Noah German, and squeaked out a 1-0, Section III, Class “A” quarterfinal victory over #7 Homer, this afternoon at Joe Corr Memorial Field.
German, who was called up from the junior varsity squad earlier this month to fill the void created by an injury to Zach Kesterson, mixed a tricky breaking pitch with a well spotted fastball to earn his first postseason win. Something tells me it won’t be his last.
Homer senior ace, Jake Casey, working on just one day’s rest after earning the win against #10 seed Indian River on Thursday, was masterful on the mound as well.
The Canisius College recruit worked six complete innings, allowing 1 run, on just 2 hits, striking out 12 and walking 4 in his final high school game.
New Hartford loaded the bases in two of the first three innings, but was able to plate just one run, which came on a throwing error in the bottom of the third.
Ryan Faro worked a leadoff walk and was followed up by Ben Phelps being hit by a pitch. With nobody out, Mark Chanatry stepped in and laid down a nice bunt to the third base side, which was fielded by Casey.
After a moment of indecision of whether or not try to force Faro out at third, Casey instead threw to first, but the ball went under the glove of the first baseman and rolled into right field.
Faro scored easily on the overthrow, to give New Hartford the 1-0 advantage.
Casey dug deep and struck out two of the next three Spartans batters, to keep the Trojans within one run after three.
Homer appeared to be poised to tie the game in the top of the sixth.
Conner Simmonetta laced a one out single, to get things started, but was forced out at second on a close playoff a ground ball up the middle by Nate Ulrich.
Anthony Saraceno was called upon to pinch run for Ulrich. With two outs, Jake Treiweiler ripped a ball into the gap in left center field, which was tracked quickly by Spartans left fielder, Ryan Faro.
Saraceno was waved home by his third base coach. Faro came up firing to third baseman, Mark Chanatry, who made a perfect relay throw to home.
Saraceno was called out on a very close play, ending the inning and the Homer threat, much to the chagrin of the Homer faithful and the delight of the big home crowd.
The Spartans stranded another runner in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth, but Noah German took care of business in the top of the seventh, setting down the Trojan’s hitters 1-2-3, to earn the quarterfinal victory.
The Spartans improved to (15-4) on the season and will meet #3 seed CBA, a 3-2 winner over Cortland today.
The Spartans and Brothers will play on Monday at 10:00 a.m. at Onondaga Community College.
The winner of that contest will face the winner of upstart Camden, the 8th seed (a 12-5 winner of #1 seed Watertown today) and #4 seed Jamesville DeWitt.
The Section III, Class “A” Final is slated for May 29th at 7:00 p.m. at NBT Stadium.
New Hartford 1 Homer 0
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Homer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
New Hartford 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 1 2 0