Comets eliminated in playoff loss

By Mike Zummo
Posted 10/21/20

The season ends so quickly.A baseball season that spanned both the summer and the fall came to an end on Sunday when the fifth-seeded Comets, a travel baseball team out of Pine Bush suffered a 3-1 …

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Comets eliminated in playoff loss

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The season ends so quickly.

A baseball season that spanned both the summer and the fall came to an end on Sunday when the fifth-seeded Comets, a travel baseball team out of Pine Bush suffered a 3-1 loss to the fourth-seeded CT Rangers at New Fairfield High school in the Greater Hudson Valley Baseball League 16U-A quarterfinals.

Josh Martin pitched well until the sixth inning until he got in trouble with walks, which led to the winning run coming in to score.

“They were disappointed and upset like they always are They feel like they can win every game. We have to figure out how to get over that hump.”

The Comets opened the playoffs on Saturday with an 8-1 win over the Westchester Academy at Chapel Field Christian School.

The Comets built a lead on the strength of a six-run second inning to give starting pitcher Kealan Stelmasyzk some cushion to work with.

“They had a lot of good teams and that’s why we joined the league,” Alfonso said. “We’ve seen a lot better competition. We don’t have a big pool to pick from. Comparing apples to apples, I think our boys did well and held their own with the kids across the river.”

The Rangers will advance to the tournament semifinals, and while the Comets’ league season has ended, they’ll play one more tournament before the season ends as they will participate in the New York Elite Baseball League Halloween Closer tournament on Oct. 31.

The Comets have played 16U over the summer and fall seasons. They’ll play on Oct. 31 in the 18U division.

“I feel like they can compete against whoever and win,” Alfonso said. “That’s good for what’s pretty much a town team.”

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