Archive for the ‘RHS Softball’ Category

Garnets Working Hard to Overcome Early Missteps

April 25, 2011

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 against Harrison.

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.


Lady Garnets Drop See-Saw Opener in the Rain

April 11, 2011

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.


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.


Garnets Fall in Sectional Outbracket Game

June 11, 2010

The conclusion of the Rye softball team’s season in the outbracket round of the Class A Section playoffs May 27 also spelled the end of an era for the Garnets. Rye will graduate six of the program’s stalwarts later this month – Samantha Lee, Karly FitzGerald, Amy Shanks, Killian Harris, Lizzy Neeves and Christa Tripodi.

Killian Harris

“I would like to thank them for all of their efforts over the past few years,” said head coach Alex Tejera of the players who have been building blocks for his program. “I wish them lots of luck in the future. They will all be missed.”


Garnets Qualify for Sectionals; Swept by Rival Harrison

May 21, 2010

The Rye girls’ softball team will be back in the Section playoffs for a third consecutive year after finishing in second place with a 4-2 league record. The playoffs begin the final week of May, after the Garnets (6-10 overall) wrap up the regular season May 21 at Ardsley.

Kristen Verille

In recent action, Rye was swept by a talented Harrison squad in a home-and-home set May 11 and 13. After losing 14-0 in game one at home, the Garnets hoped to redeem themselves on the road. Although Rye got off to a great start in the top of the first with a two-run single from catcher Killian Harris, the Huskies immediately responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. The game remained close until the bottom of the fourth, when Harrison broke it open with a 10-run, two-out rally en route to a 16-3 victory.


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


FitzGerald Delivers Game-Winner to Lift Garnets Over Rye Neck

April 22, 2010

The cold, rainy weather was a fitting setting for the Rye softball team’s performance through five-and-a-half innings at home April 16 against Rye Neck. Garnet errors led to all three Panther runs, and opposing pitcher Jessica Calvini had shut out their bats.

Everything changed in the bottom of the sixth, however, as Rye High rallied to tie the game. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, senior captain Karly FitzGerald hit a walk-off RBI single that scored Catherine Livingston and gave the Garnets a 4-3 victory.

Karly FitzGerald


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.