FROM THE SPORTS EDITOR: Falasco to be inducted into Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame

Bill Falasco’s baseball teams didn’t win every game, of course.

But, if you were going to beat Lake Forest High when Falasco was coaching, you usually had to work for it.

And, while Falasco was never particularly interested in the spotlight, the Wyoming native will get it on Monday when he’s inducted into the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame.

Falasco and this year’s other inductees will be honored at Monday night’s Wilmington Blue Rocks game in Frawley Stadium. The ceremony is set to start at 6 p.m.

Also being honored are Sussex Central High’s 1989 undefeated state championship squad (21-0), Haverford College coach Dave Beccaria (Salesianum), Caravel coach Paul Niggebrugge (Dickinson), Cliff Brumbaugh (William Penn/Delaware), who played with three teams in the majors, John Tirrell, a contributor to Midway Little League for over 50 years, and the late Fran Lucia, who was a longtime contributor to American Legion baseball.

The 66-year-old Falasco coached baseball at Lake Forest for 30 seasons before retiring in 2002. The Spartans made the state tournament nine times with Falasco being named the state Coach of the Year in both 1985 and ’95.

“He had some great players and some great teams,” said former Caesar Rodney coach John Newman, a good friend of Falasco. “But I think he always made his teams better when he didn’t have great players.

“He was a smart baseball guy. I think he got everything out of his players. He made the good teams better and the better teams great.”

A graduate of Dover’s Holy Cross High, Falasco also coached football and boys’ basketball at Lake Forest.

“He is, without a doubt, one of the most dedicated people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with,” late Lake Forest athletic director Jim Blades once said about Falasco.

“Bill dots his ‘I’s and crosses his ‘T’s — he’s got his stuff together,” said Blades. “You know things are going to be done right. The kids are going to act the way they’re supposed to act. He’s a no-nonsense guy. He doesn’t put up with stuff. He makes the kids toe the line.”

As a player, Falasco was the backup catcher on the University of Delaware’s 1970 College World Series squad. He also played at Delaware State.

After moving to Florida for a few years after his retirement, Falasco returned to the area and is now director of Harrington Parks & Recreation.

With everything he’s done, he’s still probably best remembered as Lake Forest’s baseball coach, however.

“Being here and being comfortable with the community all these years, I didn’t need to go to another place,” Falasco said when he retired. “It just looked more appealing for me to stay.”

Local ties

So it turns out that Mickey Moniak, who the Phillies took with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft on Thursday, has some local ties.

The California high school outfielder is a cousin of Dover’s Janet Carter, whose husband, Zach, is the former coach of the Fox Post II American Legion team.

Moniak is the Phils’ first overall No. 1 draft pick since taking outfielder Pat Burrell in 1998.

Zach Carter, a Phillies fan, said he was hoping Philadelphia would select the youngster. Now he’s looking forward to watching Moniak’s career unfold.

“We’ve been watching it and following it for the last three weeks,” said Zach. “The more I looked at it and the more I was reading, I thought there was a real good shot. It’s a great place to play and a great opportunity for him.”

All-Star week

There’s no shortage of high school all-star games being played this week.

The baseball and softball Blue-Gold Games are both slated for Thursday evening. The baseball game is being held at Wilmington’s Frawley Stadium at 6 p.m. with the softball contest being played at Dover Little League at 6:30 p.m.

Then there’s the 61st annual Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game, which will be played on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

Today is Media Day for the football game with both teams expected on the field in Delaware Stadium starting at 12:30 p.m.

Odds & ends

•Of the 30 teams that won DIAA state championships this past school year, 18 were from upstate private schools. That includes four titles apiece from Wilmington’s Padua and Salesianum.

On the other hand, of the eight crowns captured by traditional public schools, all were won by Henlopen Conference schools — two each by Caesar Rodney, Cape Henlopen and Smyrna and one apiece from Indian River and Milford. The other four championships went to charter/vo-tech schools.

•The Delaware-South baseball team will play on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in its Carpenter Cup Tournament opener.

The downstaters will face Berks County (Pa.) at Philadelphia’s FDR Park. Sussex Tech’s G.L. Jefferson is the head coach for Delaware-South, which includes players from Appoquinimink and St. Georges as well as the Henlopen Conference.

•Longtime Dover Little League volunteer Paul Quirk has taken over as the manager of the Fox Post II American Legion baseball team this summer.

The Dover-based squad hosts a doubleheader today at Wesley College against Delvets Post 1 starting at noon.

•The Green Bay Packers have four quarterbacks on their roster and one of them continues to be former Wesley College standout Joe Callahan.

Callahan looks like he’s Green Bay’s third-best QB at the moment considering the Packers did release Ryan Williams, from Miami, late last month. They did pick up North Carolina grad Marquise Williams, though.

•Former Holy Cross and Caesar Rodney High boys’ basketball coach Jim Doherty died suddenly last month in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The 70-year-old worked for the FBI in New Jersey for 22 years after leaving teaching.

Just a few days before his death, Doherty had gotten together with some Holy Cross alumni at a Wilmington Blue Rocks’ game.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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