Despite Off Day, Rye A Near Lock to Qualify for Postseason

Illness, injury and inexperience are no strangers to the Rye softball team this season. Heck, the Garnets have even had to deal with wildlife – both geese and rabbits – taking up permanent residence in left field.

Through it all, the Garnets have managed a 4-6 record that puts them just one win shy of qualifying for the Section playoffs.

Samantha Lee

“Right now the playoffs are our main focus,” said co-captain Samantha Lee. “In the long run we want to win or tie for the league championship, which we need three more league victories to do. It would be the first time for the program, and we would finally get a banner in the gym.”

Rye hit a major bump in the road at home against John Jay April 29, falling 22-5. The Garnets got off to a shaky start by giving up 10 runs in the top of the first. Nina Grau put Rye on the board in the bottom of the inning by lacing a triple to deep center and then scoring on a double steal.

The Garnets failed to muster another run until the fifth inning, however, when Amy Shanks smashed a three-run triple and then reached home on an errant throw. But by that point the game was out of reach, with John Jay having capitalized on the home team’s miscues.

“We did not play well, we made too many errors,” said head coach Alex Tejera. “Against a good team like John Jay you cannot give them extra opportunities and expect to win. That’s what we gave them and they took advantage.”

“It was an off day for the whole team and we ended up making errors which cost us a lot of runs,” said Lee, seconding her coach’s thoughts. “But the loss will only make us practice and play harder.”

Rye has six games (five in the league) remaining on the schedule, including a home-and-home affair with rival Harrison.

– Melanie Cane

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