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By Melanie Cane

It wasn't billed as a doubleheader, but it seemed like one: on the afternoon of April 28, the Garnets played a long game against Ardsley, and the following morning they faced Somers. Before the Ardsley game, Coach Alex Tejera said the team had been inconsistent, playing really well one day and poorly the next. Case in point: the Garnets lost to Ardsley 14-5, and beat the Somers Tuskers 6-5.

Against Ardsley, the Garnets got into a 9-1 hole early in the game. The Panthers scored twice in the first, three times in the second, and tacked on four in the third. Rye scored one in the bottom of the second and started to chip away at their deficit, scoring three in the third and one in the fourth.

In the third inning, Sam Bluvol led off with a single to left field. Hannah Mullaly’s double to centerfield moved Bluvol to third. Pitcher Katherine Brown had an RBI single. Then Taylor Volpe loaded the bases with a single, and Julia Bateman and Sadie Mazzola both walked in runs.

The Garnets added their last run in the fourth inning. Neither team scored in the fifth, but Rye had some solid hits. Shelby Gadaleta replaced Brown after the first out in the fifth. She retired the side, but the Panthers hit her hard in the sixth, scoring four runs.

In the Somers game, Montalto went 3 for 4, and Brown pitched a complete game. These were the first two games of 11 the Garnets will play in the space of two weeks due to rescheduling of rainouts.

Tejera praised his team for never giving up, but emphasized that “against a top team like Ardsley, you can’t fall behind early and hope to catch up.”

He added, “The girls always try their hardest, and for that I’m very proud of them, no matter the outcome. That’s all I can ask for.”

Captions:

Megan Montalto on her way to third

Katherine Brown on the mound

 

By Melanie Cane

In the Wildcats’ April 21 home game against Hackley, Taylor Regan broke the school’s Girls’ Lacrosse scoring record. The senior co-captain scored 13 times and ended the game with 268 goals. But breaking the record was bittersweet for because her team lost 19-17.

The Wildcats won the first draw and Regan got a low shot off immediately, but it was stopped by Hornets goalie Tyroma Nwakonie. Hackley scored on their first possession five minutes into the half. Regan answered 30 seconds later with a high shot from the left side. The Hornets scored again three minutes later and Regan responded by running the ball downfield off the draw and shooting a rocket past the goalie. She followed that up with a penalty shot to give the Wildcats a 3-2 lead.

Hackley quickly tied it up, but Wildcat Emily Moran scored off a fast break. Hackley came back and knotted the game at 4. On the next play, with Hackley double-teaming Regan, her teammates settled the ball and Sarah Walker passed to Paula Harasimicz, who scored from the right side inside the circle. Hackley answered back immediately to knot it at 5. Wildcat Ryan Hammel then scored on a penalty shot. The Hornets scored two consecutive goals. Nwakonie saved two of Regan’s shots, but Regan scored three goals in a row to give the Wildcats a 10-9 lead at the end of the half.

The second half was essentially a carbon copy of the first half, until the final minutes. With the teams knotted at 17 and Hackley in possession, the Hornets scored, and on the play the Wildcats received a yellow card leaving them down a player. The Hornets maintained possession and settled the ball until the last second when they shot to score again.

In Coach Georgette Summers’ words, “We beat ourselves. Our errors were ones of youth and inexperience.”

When asked about Taylor Regan’s big night, Coach Summers said, “Taylor has worked exceptionally hard year-round to perfect intricate skills that allow her, day in and day out, to play an exceptional game. Breaking the school scoring record is a monumental milestone. I can only imagine what the new scoring record will be at the end of the season.” (As of May 1, it was up to 290!)

Regan went into the game knowing she was on the verge of breaking the record held by Julia Massaro, class of 2015, but she said her priority was to win. “My main focus is always on the team and although breaking this record means a lot to me, in the moment I was focused on the game.”

Ryan Hammel about to score

Taylor Regan shooting around the Hackley goalie

Sarah Walker running the ball downfield.

Taylor Regan being double-teamed.

Emily Moran scoring off a fast break.

Taylor Regan racing to the Hackley net.

 

 

 

Rye High Baseball

By Mitch Silver

 

If you thought Mike Bruno’s Rye High baseball team wouldn’t be the same after losing All-State pitcher George Kirby and a raft of All-League players to graduation, you’d be right. They’re better. 

 

This past fortnight saw the Garnets shut out Yonkers by 8-0, defeat arch-rival Harrison 7-1 in the third annual Andrew Gurgitano Memorial game at Silver Lake Park, and down league foe Pelham twice by scores of 3-1 and 11-2. Rye’s nine did drop a 3-0 four-hitter to non-league Pearl River, currently the top-rated team in Class A. But they came right back to win a seesaw 5-4 cliffhanger against 9-1 Hendrik Hudson. And the way they did it tells you a lot about the 2017 Garnets.

 

With snow days in March wreaking havoc with an already tight season, Rye was forced to play four straight days last week. And with the new, more rigid pitch counts also limiting pitcher availability, Coach Bruno gave junior Sean Hale his first varsity start against Hen Hud. Though he threw four straight balls to the leadoff hitter, Hale found his rhythm and was leading 4-2 going into the sixth. A walk, a double, and a two-out line single knotted the score at 4 and brought on senior James Laverty. Lav threw wild on a pickoff play, and a second error on the play moved the lead runner to third. But Myles Burbank in center managed to grab a sinking liner on his knees to end the threat.

 

 An inning later, Burbank would move from the outfield to the mound and toss a 1-2-3 7th. The Garnets’ last licks saw sophomore Henry Friedrich ground out to second, ninth grader Declan Lavelle draw a walk, and junior Gavin Kenny bounce out to third, with Lavelle moving to second. That left it up to senior co-captain Mat Bruno, and did he ever deliver, smashing a huge triple to the wall in left-center and driving in Lavelle with the winning run.

 

After the game, Coach Bruno admitted he went a little longer with Hale than he wanted to. “Sean threw a strong game. I knew anyone we might bring in who threw more than 30 pitches wouldn’t be available against Pelham tomorrow, so we rode that arm. And he got the win.”

 

Rye’s lineup boasts only three seniors: Bruno, the coach’s nephew; Burbank, who got the save; and hard-hitting first baseman Dusty Mion, who scored a run and drove another in. Heading into May, they’re all hitting over .300, as are junior Andy Bach and sophs Alex Noga and Finn Westerink.

 

The Garnets played league foe Ardsley twice post-press time as well as non-league toughie Tappan Zee. This afternoon they host the Harrison Huskies at Disbrow, looking to win the season series and lock up the Conference II League title.

 

 

Rye Country Day Baseball

By Mitch Silver

 

 

When is a defeat really a victory? An example comes to mind: Almost a month ago, the Rye Country Day team ran into a buzz saw called the Brunswick School. Even though the Wildcats had won their first two games under new Coach Ryan Quinn, they were no match for the Bruins, falling 11-0.

 

Since then, the boys in blue had been itching for a rematch. First, though, they had to take on Fairchester foes St. Luke’s, Hopkins Grammar, and King. Three games, three wins. Scores were 13-5, 8-0, and 2-1, that last one a beauty of a mound duel that saw Owen Coady allow just one run on three hits with eight strikeouts over the first five innings before Enzo Stefanoni came on to close things out and earn his fifth win of the season. Forbes Crowley went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and Harrison Kadish and Billy O’Meara each had an RBI for the Wildcats.

 

The team turned to New York opposition and hosted Berkeley Carroll April 27. Michael DiCaprio started and took a 4-1 lead into the 4th, thanks to a few key hits and a couple of Berkeley bobbles. Cole Price, leading off the home third with the team behind 1-0, spanked a single down the left-field line and came home when Troy Kesselmark split the outfielders with a huge triple to right-center. After Kadish and Coady walked to load the bases, the pitcher dropped the ball while toeing the rubber, balking home a run Aldo Stefanoni walked to re-load the bags before Joe Burns hit a possible double-play grounder that the shortstop booted, allowing the third and fourth runs to score.

When DiCaprio gave up a run and began to tire, Enzo’s younger brother Aldo came on to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief for the 5-2 win.

 

Thus did the Wildcats win their way to the rematch with Brunswick. Coach Quinn takes it from here. “Owen Coady threw a great game, only giving up to 2 hits and really battling to keep us in the game against a very strong Brunswick team that mercied us the first time. In that earlier game, he struggled with his command. Today, he was very impressive — no walks and seven strikeouts.”

 

Still, when the sun went down, the scoreboard read Brunswick 3, Rye Country Day 2. But Coach Quinn was upbeat. “We will hopefully see them in the playoffs and have a different outcome.”

 

So, can a defeat really be a victory? The Wildcats believe they’re on a roll, and their 16-2 hammering of Hamden Hall, followed by a 16-0 trashing of St. Luke’s suggests they’re right. In addition to the fusillade of hits in the two games, Enzo Stefanoni notched the 38th and 39th wins of his high school career, tying the New York State record.

 

 

Rye Country Day faces Greens Farms at home today at 4:30, and Fieldston tomorrow at 3:30. Be there or be square — the Wildcats, like the weather, are heating up.

 

Harrison Kadish steals second against Berkeley Carroll.

Lefty Michael DiCaprio took the mound for the Wildcats.

Enzo Stefanoni stole both 2nd and 3rd in the first inning.

 

A number of Rye High’s college-bound senior athletes gathered in the school library recently with Athletic Director Mike Arias and High School Principal Patricia Taylor.

In alphabetical order, they are: John Amaya-Bryant University-Soccer; Teddy Aquilino-Ohio Wesleyan University-Lacrosse; Clemente Borgogni-Georgetown University-Crew; Katherine Brown-Oswego College-Softball; Mat Bruno-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute-Football; Myles Burbank-Gettysburg College-Baseball; Jamie Chabot-Union College-Football; Caitlin Cornacchia-Boston College-Crew; Jaime Donnelly- Middlebury College-Volleyball; Sharon Doyle- UCLA-Crew; Firoz George-UNC-Fencing; Fusine Govaert-Boston College-Field Hockey; Amanda Hartzell-Yale University-Lacrosse; Will Hynson-High Point University-Lacrosse; Erica Kinstel-University of Tampa-Crew; Ryan Kirkpatrick- Dennison College-Lacrosse; James McHugh-Penn State-Golf; Charlie Nagle-Colgate University-Basketball; Caroline Neave-Stanford University-Squash;Katie Popp-Washington and Lee University-Basketball; Lindsay Powers-Tufts University-Sailing;Tyler Reno-Washington and Lee University-Football; Nathalie Rodilosso-Princeton University-Tennis; Augustine Rodriguez-Brown University-Crew.

The Rye YMCA hosted its annual 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament April 19. In addition to spirited play by K-5 stars, Athletic Director Melissa Lewis said, “The boys did a great job. It was an awesome, and well-attended community event."