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Baseball Team's Success Brings Pride to Homer

Andrew Norton

UPDATE:Homer lost in the Diamond Classic championship game to Grand Ledge 7-6. Grand Ledge came from behind (6-1) by posting a ferocious comeback in the 7th inning. The big difference? Grand Ledge's season was ended last weekend in districts, but Homer is still in the hunt for a State Championship. Shoot, it's only their second loss in 110 games ;).

Homer, MI - A town the size of Homer (pop. 1,797) normally wouldn't be in the national spotlight. However, when your high school baseball team sets a new record for consecutive wins (a Herculean 75 in a row) people can't help but notice. The win streak ended in last year's state championship game, but this year's squad is currently 33-0 heading into tonight's Diamond Classic championship game against Grand Ledge.

Homer loves its baseball team. The only other claim to fame this small town had was Homer native Greg Barton winning two Olympic gold medals in kayaking at the 1988 games in Seoul, Korea. Well, that is not entirely true. There is also Cascarelli's Pizza & Pub which has been in business for what seems like forever to local residents (actually since 1935).

I have actually been to Homer a few times. It should be the image next to the definition of a small town. By the way, Cascerelli's has some of the best pizza I have ever tasted. If you love pizza, you have got to go there sometime.

How fitting that a town named Homer has a baseball team so successful that it has won 107 of its last 108 games? The baseball team has instilled a sense of pride that not too many towns of this size can attain. They are proud of their baseball team. They are proud of their town. If a town's size was measured with heart and compassion there would be no small mentioned in any description of Homer.

I will cheer on the Homer baseball team and wish them the best of luck.

Read the article at The Detroit News