Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
GOING . .
. GOING . . . GONE!: Fallsburgs
Corey Buckner blasted a two-run homerun on this
swing of the bat Tuesday. He finished the day
with five RBI.
By Rob Potter
CALLICOON April 28, 2000 -- Every baseball coach hopes the
big inning when his team is at bat.
Specifically, a frame where his batters spray hits all
over the diamond and take advantage of errors committed
by the other team. The result is usually a slew of runs
and a happy coach.
Such was the case in the fourth inning of Tuesdays
game between Fallsburg and Narrowsburg. The Comets batted
around in the frame, scoring eight runs and expanding a
5-3 lead into a 13-3 advantage.
The Comets added three more runs over the next three
innings for a 16-3 pounding of the Indians in the
semifinals of the Sullivan West Spring Break Baseball
Tournament in Callicoon. Fallsburg (51) was slated
to face Monticello yesterday afternoon in Callicoon for
the tournament championship. Results were unavailable.
Fallsburgs big inning began when leadoff batter
Darren Kenney was hit by a Rob Taylor pitch. Following a
walk to Rafi Fine, Tim Gilmore laced a single to left
field, plating both Kinney and Fine.
Several batters later, after solid Comets hits mixed with
a few Indian defensive miscues for three more runs, Corey
Buckner ripped a double just inside the bag at third.
That hit scored Eddie Inzauto and Corey Huber and gave
the Comets a 12-3 lead.
Buckner, who bats ninth in the Fallsburg order, added a
two-run home run in the sixth inning.
The batters at the bottom of the lineup are picking
up the slack now, noted Fallsburg co-coach Brett Cancredi. Both Coreys have been doing a great job.
Our one through six hitters are solid, but we need the
guys at the back of the lineup to do it with the bats to
be successful. And theyre doing it now.
Huber finished the day with a pair of hits and three RBI.
Buckner had a team-high five RBI and Gilmore was 3-for-5
with four RBI.
While the Comet bats were a key to victory, their
pitching and defense were also solid.
Fine, who pitched the first five innings, allowed only
one earned run and three hits. He walked four batters and
struck out three.
Huber struck out one while setting the Indians down in
order in both the sixth and seventh innings.
They both threw the ball really well, said
Fallsburg co-coach Jamie Lent. I was happy to see
that. Thats been the key for us so far this season
playing good defense and pitching well while
waiting for our bats to get going.
Until that fourth inning, however, the game was shaping
up as a close affair. After the Comets took a 1-0 lead in
the top of the first thanks to a Gilmore double, the
Indians came right back. In the bottom of the first,
Bruce Nober scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Nordenhold.
The Indians rallied again in the bottom of the third when
faced with a 5-1 deficit. A ground rule-double by Mike
Popolillo brought home Evan Kraack. Nober then followed
with a solid single to plate Popolillo, narrowing the gap
After the first out of the frame was recorded, Nordenhold
ripped a liner to short. But Gilmore gloved the ball and
stepped on second to double up Nober and end the scoring
And the Indian bats were silent in the final four
Roy Jay added a double for Narrowsburg (28), which
was scheduled to play Liberty in the third-place game
yesterday in Jeffersonville. Results were unavailable.