The Homer baseball team split a doubleheader against Colony Friday evening in Palmer, losing the first matchup 14-4 and winning the second one 14-3. The Mariners move to 2-1 overall in 2015, and 0-1 in the Northern Lights Conference.
Brandon Beachy pitched four innings for the Mariners with six hits and seven walks in the opener before handing it over to Sheldon Hutt, who finished up with two innings of 3-hit ball.
J.J. Sonnen provided the power for Homer by hitting 2 for 2 with two runs. Owen Delehanty went 1 for 3 and Kyle Johnson hit 1 for 1 with a walk and one run.
“Colony has some good hitters,” said Homer coach Rich Sonnen. “They hit everything we threw across the plate, but we had trouble finding the strike zone too.”
Sonnen said his rotation gave up 10 walks, which he said is something to improve upon.
In the second game, a nonleague clash, Homer found the magic with Michael Swoboda at the plate. Swoboda hit 2 for 3 with a walk and two runs.
J.J. Sonnen got the win on the mound with five innings of work, giving up two hits, four walks and getting three strikeouts.
“In the second game, we kind of flip-flopped,” coach Sonnen said. “Colony’s pitcher didn’t get his start that he needed, and we kept it going from there.”
Homer will face Wasilla in a doubleheader on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.