Homza, ABA all-stars having lots of fun under Arizona sun

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Oct 10, 2015

Winning is always fun and right now the Alaska Baseball Academy all-stars are having lots of fun under the sun at the Arizona Fall Classic.

The Alaskans picked up their third win in as many days, this time beating MVP Baseball 5-2. The MVP squad featured players from different states on their roster.  

“It’s really cool for an Alaska team to go out of state and be successful,” Anchorage’s Jonny Homza told me. “I wouldn’t say I’m surprised about it, though, because we have a really solid, talented team.”

Alaska players like Homza are turning heads and making strong impressions with the dozens of professional scouts and college coaches watching from the stands.

Homza, of South High fame, is a smooth-fielding infielder with good footwork and a solid arm. He’s also hitting the ball well against top-notch pitchers from all over the country.

His older brother Willy signed with Brown University last season. This Homza has similar skills but is eager to make his own name with coaches at the next level.

He doesn’t think about the expectations surrounding a chance to play in the Arizona Fall Classic. 

“It’s a little nerve wrecking but at the same time it’s just super fun,” Homza said. “If I ever get nervous I just remember how fun it is and that you have to appreciate any chance to play ball, especially on these fields under the sun.”

Pitching has paved the way for the ABA all-stars and their 3-1 showing.

Today’s win was highlighted by Sitka’s Kyle Fitzsimmons, who struck out eight batters and limited MVP Baseball to just three hits.

Anchorage’s Raleigh Pigg of Service allowed one run while striking out two in two innings of middle relief. Mat Kley, formerly of South, picked up the save.

“We’re getting it done on the mound for sure,” Homza said. “Our pitchers have been doing really well. We’ve been stringing our hits together and scoring some runs.”

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.