Gilmore Stymies Indians
By Ted Waddell
FALLSBURG May 16, 2000 -- Tim Gilmore, the Fallsburg
shortstop/pitcher who was recently featured in Sports
Illustrateds Faces in the Crowd, added
another feather to his cap as the home team Comets
defeated the Liberty Indians 4-1 in Thursdays
Orange County league (OCL) National Conference Division
Gilmore held his opponents scoreless until the top of the
seventh, when Liberty racked up its only run of the game.
He pitched a five-hitter and struck out ten. Gilmore
helped out his own cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate,
including an RBI and a pilfered base.
Tim came out and threw a great game today,
said Fallsburg co-coach Brett Cancredi. He pitched
a beautiful game, and we played defense behind him, which
is something we havent done for him in the last
couple of games hes pitched.
In the top of the first inning, Liberty loaded the bases
with two out, but Gilmore then slammed the door on a mega
In the bottom of the opening frame, Darren Kenney led off
with a triple and scored on a base hit by Jeff
ONeill. Liberty starter Jason Melchick got out of
the jam as he left Comet runners stranded on second and
In the second, Corey Buckner led off with a double but
Melchick retired the next trio of batters.
Fallsburg left ONeill stranded on third in the
third after he led off with a double and was advanced on
a sacrifice by Gilmore.
After a scoreless fourth frame, Kenney singled in the
bottom of the fifth for the Comets and scored on a base
hit by Gilmore after stealing second to give the home
team a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Rafi Fine led off with a base
hit, and advanced on a bunt by Mike Roycroft. Fine scored
on a single by Shawn Hindes, who moved over to second on
a Corey Huber bunt. A Buckner double sent Eddie Inzauto
(pinch running for Hindes) across the plate, but Buckner
was tagged out at third while attempting to stretch it
into a triple.
The inning ended with Fallsburg in the lead, 4-0.
Liberty finally got on board in the seventh. Brian Gatta
reached first on an infield hit and later scored when a
chopper by Todd Davis bounced over the shortstops
I thought it was a good game for both teams,
said Indians coach Jim OConnor. Fallsburg has
a really good squad. I thought we hung in there with
them, but we just didnt get the job done. They got
the bat on the ball a couple more times than us.
Both pitchers had really good games, he
According to Cancredi, the Comets needed the win.
It was a big day for us, he said. The
guys sucked it up and played some good defense, and we
got the hits when we had to.
Today was pretty quick, reflected Gilmore
after the win. They couldnt really get around
on the fast ball, so thats what I stuck with and it
got me outs.
This year, were definitely put
together, said Gilmore of the millennium edition of
the Comets varsity baseball team. Well be in
there at the end.
On April 12, Gilmore lead his teammates to a 18-1 victory
over Chester, going 5-for-5, including four homers (a
solo shot, two- and three-run smashes, and to top it off,
a grand slam).
A few days after the win over Chester, the Fallsburg
athletic department sent a letter to Sports Illustrated,
citing his torching performance and noting that their
star shortstop/pitcher was then batting .575 with seven
homers and 26 RBI.
With the victory over Liberty, Gilmore is now 3-3. Last
week, his ERA stood at 2.09. In April, he hurled a
no-hitter with 15 whiffs against the Eldred Yellow
A couple of days later, SI called and a photographer
snapped some shots. And bingo, Tim Gilmore was one of six
amateur athletes featured in SIs Faces in the
Crowd in the May 8 edition.
According to the 18-year-old Fallsburg Central School
senior, who also excels on the soccer field and
basketball court, hes taking getting his mug
featured in SI pretty much in stride.
Im excited about it, but I have to stay
focused, he said.