Promising Pitching Points Rye to Port Chester Tourney Championship

Port Chester is beginning to feel a lot like home for the Rye baseball team. The Garnets won their neighbor’s tournament April 9 for the second consecutive year, defeating Rye Neck 3-0 in the opener and then dispatching the host Rams in the championship 6-1.

Starting pitcher Willis Robbins was named tourney MVP after tossing seven brilliant innings of one-hit ball against the Panthers. The junior struck out 12 batters, and is now 2-0 on the year.

Willis Robbins

“It’s easy to throw strikes with a great defense behind me,” said Robbins. “This momentum will give us the upper hand as we progress.”

Leo Matthews, Matt Fedorchak, and Kevin Miller each drove in a run against Rye Neck. Fedorchak and Derek Totten combined for two of Rye’s seven hits.

In the title game, Jeff Dempsey took the mound for the Garnets and pitched a gem as well. He also went the distance, giving up one unearned run while striking eight out.

“Not only did coach give me the start, but he allowed me to finish the game in only my second varsity appearance,” said Dempsey of Matt Bruno. “And behind me, the defense was solid all game.”

Dempsey was named to the All-Tournament team along with senior captain Kevin Turco, who was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate. The Garnets held a 2-0 lead after two innings, and then put the game away in the third by touching home four more times. Fedorchak and Matt DeGraw accounted for Rye’s only RBIs. The Rams committed four errors in the game, while the Garnets had two in the entire tournament.

Kevin Turco

Bruno was pleased with his team’s performance, noting it keeps them focused on their goals of winning the League and Section titles. The Garnets improved to 4-1, but Mother Nature temporarily stopped their momentum. A date with Pelham April 12 was washed out.

“The tournament was a great way to start our season, as we got a few good wins under our belts,” said Turco. “We are pleased with how we played and feel we’re ready to tackle the rest of our season.”

Tourney MVP Willis Robbins, center, flanked by All-Tournament winners Jeff Dempsey and Kevin Turco

– Melanie Cane


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