By Ted Waddell
Editors Note: This the latest in a series of stories about how the countys scholastic baseball team fared during the 2005 season.
FALLSBURG June 24, 2005 The Fallsburg baseball team started out strong, but in the middle of the season encountered a rocky road.
The Comets won four of their first seven games, but then wound up losing six in a row before wrapping up the 2005 season with two victories in their final three contests.
We started out great, but the middle of our season was kind of disappointing
we wound up finishing a little stronger, Coach Jeremy Levner said.
Asked to sum up the season, the first-year coach replied, We started good and we finished good.
Fallsburg recorded an overall record of 6-10 this spring and went 1-8 in Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division V.
According to Levner, this seasons record was more a matter of youth rather than poor performance.
He noted that the Comets had three main pitchers this season Harris Seletsky, Chris Gates and Donald Morton.
Levner said that Seletsky, a junior, was my number one guy
[he] didnt pitch as well as he could, but will be good next year.
Levner noted that Gates, a junior, was my number two [pitcher].
He has some electric stuff, but got hit hard this year, the coach stated.
Morton, a sophomore, won three games for the Comets.
He had a great season, and is going to get better as he gets older, Levner commented.
What was the Comets best game of the 2005 baseball season?
We beat Tri-Valley for Fallsburgs first league win in three years, Levner said. We played real well, we pitched, we hit and we caught the ball. It was a great game for us.
Levner said the Comets thought they had Tuxedo beaten when they held a 5-2 lead over the Tornadoes on their home field. But in the bottom of the sixth, Tuxedo scored four runs for a come-from-behind victory.
That started the downward spiral, he said. It took a lot of gas out of our kids
we never recovered from that game.
Levner said the most memorable moment of 2005 was Gates hitting a couple of homers in the Comets game against the Livingston Manor Wildcats.
In gearing up for the 2006 season, Levner said he threw a few sophomores into the fire of varsity baseball and that he has a bunch of kids playing summer baseball.
Im looking forward to next year, he said. Almost everybody is coming back, and I think well do pretty good.