Homza, Koloski hold their own against Outside competition

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 15, 2015

Each spring select local players travel with the Alaska Baseball Academy to Arizona to play exhibition games against minor league teams with the Langley Blaze out of Canada.

Anchorage’s Willy Homza and Tommy Koloski made the trip this year and both South Wolverines held their own, ABA manager Tony Wylie told me.

Homza, a senior who is headed to Brown University in the Ivy League, played nine games at shortstop. 

“Willy was able to collect a few hits against pitchers clocking between 91-95 mph on radar guns,” Wylie said.

Koloski, a junior, pitched in four games and faced hitters in pro organizations like the Reds, Padres and Royals. In his last appearance he threw two scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.

The exhibition games are viewed by dozens of college and professional scouts, Wylie said.

In years past certain Alaska players used the opportunity to catapult them to the next level. 

Two years ago it was Anchorage’s Max Karnos, who is now pitching for Western Nevada College and headed to NCAA D1 Sacramento State.

Last year Scooter Bynum of Fairbanks exploded on the scene and was picked in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by Cincinnati.

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