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Warhawks' own comeback kid

By CHRIS GIRANDOLA
Published May 1, 2007


SEMINOLE - When Seminole's Billy Falasco steps on the mound tonight, he already will have surpassed a personal goal.

The 6-foot-4 senior right-hander can recall the exact date (July 1, 2005) when he had surgery to repair the torn labrum in his pitching shoulder. And he can remember like it was yesterday when he threw a baseball during the lengthy rehabilitation process.

"I felt and probably looked so awkward, " said Falasco, who played various positions but did not pitch during the 2006 season.

Falasco (5-2) came back with the intention of making it through this season healthy. After losing 3-2 to Manatee in the first game he pitched, he knew his chances of reaching his goal were good. "I woke up the next day and nothing was sore, " said Falasco, who will play for the University of Richmond.

Falasco went on to start 11 games, six of them complete. He struck out 69 in 591/3 innings. And he helped the Warhawks (21-5) reclaim the Class 5A-11 title, which hadn't been done since his freshman year.