Lady Garnets Drop See-Saw Opener in the Rain

Two ball teams played their 2011 openers on the same late March afternoon: the New York Yankees and the Lady Garnets. The Yankees enjoyed theirs.

Taking on Ossining March 31 in wet, frigid conditions, Rye was down 9-0 after the first two innings. Fortunately, the home team was able to right the ship before it sank completely.

Jillian Chittenden looks to throw a runner out.

Erica Becker, Rye’s hurler, threw a clean third inning. In the bottom of the frame, the Garnets scored their first run on an RBI single by Darianne Cardino. Ossining, though, responded with two of their own in the top of the fourth.

Down 11-1 in the pelting rain and setting sun, Rye could have thrown in the towel. Instead, they kicked it into gear, rallying for eight runs, starting with a leadoff triple by sophomore third baseman Catherine Livingston. A string of walks and errors by Ossining’s fielders set the stage for Kristin Verille’s three-run double. It would have been more, but Rye’s third out came with the bases loaded.

To Ossining’s credit, they immediately tacked on another three runs of their own and kept the Lady Garnets off the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth. The game was called after five innings due to darkness.

Rye head coach Alex Tejera was proud of the way the girls rallied back and thinks the Garnets may have come all the way back had they played the rest of the tilt.

Senior Co-Captain Jillian Chittenden summed it up. “We really rallied together; we capitalized on Ossining’s pitchers’ walks and errors. We never gave up and it was a great thing to see in our first game. If we had played the full seven, I think we could have walked off our field with the win.”

The Garnets fell to 0-2 on the season when they dropped a 20-4 decision to visiting Westlake April 4.

— Melanie Cane

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