With five games between May 9 and 14, the Rye baseball team was eager to pad their 8-2 record en route to the Section playoffs. Unfortunately, after winning the first two contests, they dropped the last three including a 7-5 heartbreaker against Nyack May 12.
Up 2-1 and an out away from victory, Kevin Turco was ready to finish the Indians – who had a man on third – off in the seventh inning. An unfortunate error allowed Nyack to tie the game, however, and the visitors capitalized in extra innings.
The Indians scored five runs in the top of the eighth, only one of which was earned, as Rye’s defense fell apart. Although the Garnets fought valiantly in the bottom of the inning, their three runs – two on a double by Ryan Crawford and one on a Jake Meyerson single – were not enough.
“It was a tough, tight game,” said Jeff Dempsey, who pitched five innings and gave up one run. “It gave us a taste of how playoff games will be when the final inning can change the outcome of the game.”
“It was a very tough game to lose,” added head coach Mike Bruno. “It’s a game we needed to have in our quest for a high seed in the playoffs. Dempsey did a great job, but it came down to making plays at the end, which we didn’t do. The team knows we have to put it behind us so we can get ready for the rest of our games.”
Matt DeGraw, who went 3-for-4, put Rye on the board in the fifth with two-run hit.
Rye’s final regular season game is May 21 at Harrison.
— Melanie Cane