Rye baseball’s 5-7 record at midseason is a saga of tough breaks, inconsistent play and lopsided scores. In their last four games, the Garnets have lost to Valhalla, defeated Port Chester, let a game slip away against John Jay and throttled Ardsley.
The John Jay game, played at home April 29, was perhaps the most dispiriting loss all year. Up 5-4 in the top of the 7th inning, Rye was one strike away from upsetting one of the powers in the Section. With two outs and runners on second and third, the Garnets got that swinging final strike, but the ball careened to the back of the backstop and the batter was able to beat the eventual throw to first. Two walks, two plunked batters, and two hits later and Rye was down 10-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh. They scratched across another run, but lost a heartbreaker.
Pitchers Ryan Crawford, Forest Henderson and Kevin Turco managed to hold John Jay to four runs through six innings, and head coach Mike Bruno was proud of the effort.
“The players battled all day against one of the best AA schools in the Section,” he said. “We had them beaten, but fell victim to a bad break. This loss is a tough one to swallow, yet it will only make us stronger the rest of the way.”
Two days after the stunning loss to John Jay, Rye whacked Ardsley 14-2. Willis Robbins earned the win and Chris Fumasoli closed the game. Kevin Ramsey led the way from the dish with seven RBIs on 3-for-5 hitting with a triple.
“We’re beating the teams we’re supposed to beat and losing to the those we are expected to fall to,” said junior Derek Totten. “But for bad breaks in the last inning, we came close to defeating two of the top teams around. We were right there. Now we have to learn how to close out those games successfully.”
Rye’s next game is May 7 at home against Byram Hills.
– Melanie Cane