Garnets, Poised for League Championship, Split with Harrison

The Rye baseball team defeated Harrison 2-1 in extra innings at home May 11 in a classic game that had all the excitement, fight and nail-biting tension expected of these rivals. Adding to the drama of the game was the fact that – entering the contest – the teams were tied for first place atop the league standings.

Derek Totten

Harrison went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, but Rye was able to tie the game in the bottom of the third when Paul Mundinger drove home Ryan Breslin with a base hit. The score remained knotted until the bottom of the eighth when, with two outs, Breslin crossed the plate on a Huskies’ throwing error.

“It’s nice to have a break go our way, it makes up for some of those games we lost,” said head coach Mike Bruno. “It was a great game on both sides. Fumasoli made some excellent pitches to get out of some early jams and Henderson was solid in relief. We also played great defense.”

Garnets’ starting pitcher Chris Fumasoli did an excellent job of rendering the Harrison bats futile, and benefitted from superb defense behind him. Forrest Henderson finished what Fumasoli started, swapping first base for the mound in the seventh.

The Huskies paid Rye back two days later, evening the score with a 5-1 victory at home. Breslin went 2-for-4 in the loss, and Andrew Schilling recorded the Garnets’ lone RBI. Harrison recorded just two hits in the win, but took advantage of six walks and two hit batsmen. They also capitalized on a Rye error that scored two runs.

Forrestt Henderson

The Garnets rebounded May 15 with a 4-1 win at Lakeland, as Ryan Crawford pitched six innings and gave up one unearned run while striking out four. Fumasoli recorded two RBIs. RHS improved to 9-8 with the win, and will close out the regular season May 21 at Pelham.

Rye now has the inside track for the league title, and will either be the outright champions or – at the very least – co-champions with Harrison. It all depends on what the Huskies do in their final two games of the regular season, both against Port Chester. If Harrison wins both they’ll share the title with Rye, but one loss to the Rams will make the Garnets the outright champs.

The Section playoffs begin later this month, after the seeding meeting May 26.

– Melanie Cane

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