Archive for the ‘RHS Baseball’ Category

Garnets Implode Against Nyack; Hope to Rebound in Time for Playoffs

May 23, 2011

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.

Jeff Dempsey

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.


Garnets Trounce State Champs, Improve to 7-1

May 9, 2011

In their biggest win of the season, the Rye baseball team dismantled defending Class C State champion Valhalla, 11-0 April 26. It took the Garnets a couple of innings to get going, but when they did they put up three crooked numbers, tallying five times in the bottom of the third,twice more in the fourth, and another four runs in the fifth.

Willis Robbins is now 3-0.


Promising Pitching Points Rye to Port Chester Tourney Championship

April 15, 2011

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.”


Rye Teams Look to Paint Spring Months Garnet and Black

March 25, 2011

Dirt, concrete, water, turf, rubber, and grass. They’re all surfaces that Rye’s spring teams play on, and they should all be settings for even more Garnet greatness this season.


Last year ended painfully as the ninth-seeded Garnets fell to No. 8 Harrison in the Class A Sectionals. The memory of that loss is seared in the minds of Rye’s 11 returning players.

Baseball captains Forrest Henderson and Kevin Turco

The 2011 edition will be a veteran team, comprised of 10 seniors and nine juniors, many of them up from the JV squad. The senior co-captains are Kevin Turco and Forrest Henderson. Head coach Michael Bruno said the team goals for this year are nothing less than a League and Section championship.


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

June 11, 2010

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.


Garnets, Poised for League Championship, Split with Harrison

May 21, 2010

The Rye baseball team defeated Harrison 2-1 in extra innings at home May 11 in a classic game that had all the excitement, fight and nail-biting tension expected of these rivals. Adding to the drama of the game was the fact that – entering the contest – the teams were tied for first place atop the league standings.

Derek Totten

Harrison went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, but Rye was able to tie the game in the bottom of the third when Paul Mundinger drove home Ryan Breslin with a base hit. The score remained knotted until the bottom of the eighth when, with two outs, Breslin crossed the plate on a Huskies’ throwing error.


Despite Off Day, Rye A Near Lock to Qualify for Postseason

May 7, 2010

Illness, injury and inexperience are no strangers to the Rye softball team this season. Heck, the Garnets have even had to deal with wildlife – both geese and rabbits – taking up permanent residence in left field.

Through it all, the Garnets have managed a 4-6 record that puts them just one win shy of qualifying for the Section playoffs.

Samantha Lee


Rollercoaster Season Rolls on for Garnets

May 7, 2010

Rye baseball’s 5-7 record at midseason is a saga of tough breaks, inconsistent play and lopsided scores. In their last four games, the Garnets have lost to Valhalla, defeated Port Chester, let a game slip away against John Jay and throttled Ardsley.

Derek Totten

The John Jay game, played at home April 29, was perhaps the most dispiriting loss all year. Up 5-4 in the top of the 7th inning, Rye was one strike away from upsetting one of the powers in the Section. With two outs and runners on second and third, the Garnets got that swinging final strike, but the ball careened to the back of the backstop and the batter was able to beat the eventual throw to first. Two walks, two plunked batters, and two hits later and Rye was down 10-5 heading to the bottom of the seventh. They scratched across another run, but lost a heartbreaker.


Breslin Propels Garnets to Tournament Championship

April 22, 2010

The Rye baseball team had one roller-coaster ride of a week, beginning with a heartbreaking, 6-5 walk-off loss to Fox Lane and concluding with a dominating showing in the Port Chester tournament championship April 17.

Ryan Breslin

Sandwiched in the middle was a 13-0 drubbing at the hands of the same Fox Lane team that beat them 48 hours earlier with late-inning heroics. It was clear from the top of the first inning that Tax Day was not going to go their way. Blazing Fox bats, eight team errors, and an inability to move runners past second base made this a game to forget.


New Beginnings and One Farewell for Rye’s Spring Sports

March 29, 2010

Spring is a time for new beginnings, but the season began on a somber note for the Garnet family. Maureen O’Shea, the 56-year-old coach of the girls’ lacrosse team, passed away March 13 after a battle with cancer.

Girls’ Lacrosse Team Dedicates Season to Memory of Coach O’Shea

In only three years as head coach of the Garnets, Maureen O’Shea was able to leave a lasting legacy.

“The first person that comes to mind when you think of girls’ lacrosse is coach O’Shea,” said Rob Castagna, Rye’s Director of Athletics. “Maureen was here for a short time, but made a tremendous impact on the program. The kids right away felt her passion for lacrosse, which was strongly matched by her knowledge of the game. She was an ambassador and advocate for it everywhere she went.”

Rye huddles up in what was their last game under the guidance of O'Shea

Castagna continued, “She saw the kids for everything they brought to the table. If one of her student-athletes had a high GPA, she knew about it and would put her up for an academic award. It was good to see her go out of the way to get girls recognized for the accolades they deserved.”

O’Shea – a 1971 Rye graduate – coached her alma mater to two Section finals. Each time the Garnets had the crown within their grasp, but came up impossibly short. In 2007, they fell 13-12 to Nanuet in sudden-death double overtime.