Monday, December 22, 2014

Big goals for West Franklin baseball

By CLINTON DICK, Herald Staff Writer | 3/19/2014

POMONA — After losing 4-2 to eventual regional champs Wellsville last year, Danny Homer hopes to get his Falcons in shape for another postseason run. West Franklin went 16-5 last season and was the runner-up in the Flint Hills League before dropping in the regional match-up.

“We were right in the game ... we just lost in the end,” Homer, West Franklin head baseball coach, said. “I think we will contend for the league championship this year. We will be somewhere near the top, and that is our goal, of course. We are hoping to be more successful this year in postseason.”

POMONA — After losing 4-2 to eventual regional champs Wellsville last year, Danny Homer hopes to get his Falcons in shape for another postseason run. West Franklin went 16-5 last season and was the runner-up in the Flint Hills League before dropping in the regional match-up.

“We were right in the game ... we just lost in the end,” Homer, West Franklin head baseball coach, said. “I think we will contend for the league championship this year. We will be somewhere near the top, and that is our goal, of course. We are hoping to be more successful this year in postseason.”

The Falcons have 21 players out for baseball this year, including seven returning starters — one senior, five juniors and a sophomore, Homer said. With key returners, such as all-league first team honorees Will Duda and Oakley Homer, West Franklin brings back both athleticism and experience to their roster.

“I’ve just got a ton of talent and a ton of good kids,” Homer said. “Will is just a super athlete. No matter where you put him, he is just a good ball player. He is mechanically good. He is fundamentally good. Oakley is one of the smallest kids on the team, but he’s got the most fight of all the kids. He can play anywhere. He’s got a lot of heart and puts everything he’s got into every game.”

Other key returners include last year’s all-league honorable mention Clay Altic, as well as returning senior Emerson Reece.

The road to being league champions and the postseason will not be easy. The Falcons have many tough tests in their schedule, Homer, who is in his second year as head coach of the team, said.

“We have a really good non-league schedule,” he said. “Central Heights is always good. We play them this year. We’ve got Burlington in a non-conference game this year, which they are always tough. The top of the Flint Hills league is always tough.”

West Franklin hits the road for their opening doubleheader at 4:30 p.m April 8 at Lyndon.

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