Six Errors Spell Rye’s End in Sectional Game at Harrison

A 7th-inning rally wasn’t enough to save Rye’s baseball team in the first round of the Class A Sectionals May 26 at Harrison, as the No. 9 Garnets fell to the eighth-seeded Huskies 9-7.

Chris Fumasoli

The rivals had faced each other twice in three days just two weeks earlier, splitting the contests and setting the stage for a “loser goes home” rubber match. Unfortunately for Rye, fielding woes once again reared their ugly head. The Garnets, who had all but overcome such problems in the final month of the season, committed six errors that helped put them in a 9-2 hole entering the seventh and final inning.

When all appeared lost, however, the Garnets showed the fight that had gotten them to the playoffs in the first place. They remained patient at the plate, scoring two runs on four walks and an error to slice the lead to five. With two outs and the bases loaded, Matt Fedorchak clubbed a three-run double to pull Rye within two. But Fedorchak’s heroics were short-lived. He was thrown out trying to stretch the double into a triple, and that was your ballgame.

“It was a very disappointing way to end the season, because that game did not represent who we are as a team,” said head coach Mike Bruno. “However, you have to give credit to Harrison. They put the ball in play and made things happen. When it comes to the playoffs you have to be perfect. We were not, so we are going home.”

Peter Kennedy

Perhaps the biggest disappointment for Rye was that – at the same time they were fighting for their playoff lives at Harrison – top-seeded Eastchester was crumbling at home in a stunning upset at the hands of  No. 16 Tappan Zee. Harrison went on to beat TZ the following day 12-0, and made it all the way to the Section championship before falling to Lakeland.

Rye will graduate five seniors later this month – Paul Mundinger, Chris Fumasoli, Dylan Maloney, Ryan Breslin and Peter Kennedy – but have a strong core of nine juniors and three sophomores ready to fill the shoes of their leaders.

– Melanie Cane

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