Homza ranks top 10 in hitting in California Collegiate League

July 12, 2017

Willy Homza baseball

Willy Homza

Being an everyday player agrees with Anchorage’s Willy Homza.

Homza is ripping the ball with the Rockville Rock Hounds and ranks tenth in the California Collegiate League with a .388 batting average in 20 games.

“Summer ball is a great place to gain confidence because you play every day and you don’t have time to dwell on past at-bats,” he told me. “I started off feeling good and I’ve worked on a few approach adjustments to try and get some more power and it’s working so far.”

Homza, of South High fame, went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs in a 9-8 win over the Healdsburg Prune Packers.

The 6-foot-1 infielder just wrapped up his sophomore season at Brown University.

“My coach placed me in this league because it guaranteed me lots of playing time,” he said.

Homza has flourished in the lineup. He played in 37 games at Brown and hit .205 with a home run and eight RBIs.

But with Rockville his average has nearly doubled.

“My approach stays the same in general,” he said. “We use wood [bats] at Brown for the fall and winter, so it wasn’t a huge adjustment for the summer, which is nice.”

Defensively, his arm feels great in the California sun and he’s played all over the infield.

“I’ve been bouncing around the infield between third and second with a few appearances at short. I also DH occasionally so I can stay on the lineup,” he said.