The Rye softball team is still looking for their first victory after a difficult start. Already coping with an inexperienced roster, the Garnets were dealt a blow when starting pitcher Erica Becker was sidelined with a shoulder injury. On the road at Harrison April 14, Rye was defeated 15-1 by their rivals.
Freshman pitcher Alissa Vitiello made her debut on the mound against the Huskies, and pitched three innings while giving up five unearned runs. Head coach Alex Tejera is hopeful the team turns their season around after spring break, which they are spending in Florida. He also noted that the early portion of Rye’s schedule featured an extremely challenging slate of opponents.
Senior captain Jillian Chittenden, who led the Garnets with two hits against Harrison, has remained optimistic. She believes the spring trip will bring Rye closer together as a team and as friends, and thinks the southern experience can only help going forward.
The Garnets will have the opportunity to get on the winning trick at home April 26, when they host Rye Neck.
– Melanie Cane