By Lori Brown
FALLSBURG May 26, 2006 S.S. Seward defeated the home team Fallsburg Comets, 14-6, on Tuesday afternoon in an Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Division V game.
With the victory, Seward improved its record to 13-8 overall and 3-7 in Division V. Fallsburg fell to 5-8 overall and 3-5 in Division V.
The Spartans grabbed a 5-0 lead in the first two innings.
During the third inning, the Seward Spartans added another six runs to take a commanding lead over the Comets. In the frame, Sewards Bryan Folkl hit a three-run home run, allowing teammates Kyle OSullivan and Mickey Collins to score in front of him. Also earning RBIs during the inning were Chris Weslowski, Mickey Collins and Dylan Gaucher.
Fallsburg came alive in the bottom of the third inning and scored three runs. Colin Whitaker ripped a base hit to bring Adam Pavloff and Brody Ehrlich around to score. Also recording an RBI was Dave Luczynski, whose base hit allowed Colin Whitaker to cross home plate.
Seward was able to add another run in the top of the fourth inning to take a 12-3 lead.
Fallsburg relief pitcher Gavin Gandulla came in with bases loaded and one out. He was able to strike out the next batter. The next pitch became a dead ball, which allowed the players got to advance one base and Mike Augustyn, who was on third base, crossed the plate. Gandulla then got the next Spartans batter to fly out to center field.
The Comets added a run in the bottom of the fourth when Colin Whitaker stroked an RBI single.
Sewards Dylan Gaucher had a double to bring home teammate, Jeremy Harter in the top of the fifth.
Fallsburgs Dave Luczynski responded in the bottom of the frame by blasting a solo home run.
Each team added a run in the seventh inning. Sewards Jeremy Harter hit a solo homer and Fallsburgs Gandulla recorded an RBI single.
Following the game, Seward Coach Bill Steele complimented some of his players.
Bryan Folkl hit a home run [in batting practice] and then a three-run homer during the game, Steele said.
I hit a home run at the beginning of the season as well as today, Jeremy Harter said.
Steele also mentioned the wonderful pitching of Kyle OSullivan.
I was getting a little tired towards the end of the game, but I have pitched a whole game in the past, OSullivan commented.
Comets Prevail on Monday
Monday afternoons game between Fallsburg and Seward in Florida needed an extra inning to determine a winner.
The visiting Comets earned a 4-3 victory in eight innings. In the top of the eighth, Brody Ehrlich hit an infield single to drive in the winning run. Fallsburg then held the Spartans scoreless in the bottom of the frame to ensure the win.