The Rye Recreation softball season recently concluded, and many of the league’s familiar teams were crowned again. Congratulations to all the competitors and – especially – our hometown heroes: Poppy’s Café, F&A, Rye Liquor Store and Uncle Henry’s-Gabelli.
Poppy’s Café won their seventh championship in the team’s 19 years of existence by defeating Hi Intensity in a two-game sweep in the Men’s A Division finals. It was the third time the two teams met in the finals – Hi Intensity won both previous clashes. Poppy’s cruised to victory in game one, but entered the bottom of the seventh and final inning of game two trailing 11-9. Rich Falcone doubled home Steve Massinello to cut the lead to one, and Micky Glauber hit a sacrifice fly deep to right that allowed Wil Ramsey to tag up from third and tie the game. Then with one out and the bases loaded, Frank Luciano hit a sacrifice fly to left center that scored Falcone from third, giving Poppy’s their fourth championship in six years.