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Rye’s Tim DeGraw Stars for Yale at College Baseball World Series

By Mitch Silver

 

Rye High 2015 graduate and Yale centerfielder Tim DeGraw brought the Garnets and the Elis to the College World Series last month for only the second time in history. The first time it happened, George Herbert Walker Bush (who married Rye’s Barbara Pierce) captained Yale 69 years ago at the 1948 edition of the event.

 

This year, Yale’s Ivy League champs flew across the country to Corvallis, Oregon, for regional play against Nebraska, Holy Cross, and the top-ranked baseball team in the nation, Oregon State. The first batter in the box in the first inning of play against the nationally ranked Cornhuskers was our own DeGraw, who would end the season batting .343 with an impressive on-base percentage of .428. So naturally, he padded both of those numbers by spanking a single up the middle. When he scored two minutes later, Yale was on its way to a 5-1 victory and its first NCAA win in a quarter-century.

 

Later in the regional DeGraw would go 3 for 3 against the Crusaders, driving in two (his 41st and 42nd RBI from the leadoff spot) and scoring four times in the 9-5 win that advanced the Elis to the regional final against the 51-4 Beavers, who were playing at home. The 8-1 loss sent the Blues home to New Haven, though Rye’s own entry had two hits and scored Yale’s only run in the final. It was all a lot of fun for the ex-Garnet, who led the Ivies in steals with 17. 

 

“And I hit my only home run ever, in high school or college, against Penn in our Ivy Championship game. It went out in left center and drove in three.” He gestured over his shoulder at the words “Rye Baseball” on the left-centerfield fence at Feeley Field, while standing in the outfield on a break from his summer job at the Reiner, Slaughter & McCartney law firm. 

 

DeGraw went on to say his biggest thrill was meeting “No. 41” up at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. “President Bush was a lefty first baseman and the captain of his team that made it all the way to the College World Series finals, losing to USC by two games to one.”

 

With DeGraw and his fellow sophomores playing such a large role in Yale’s winning season, it’s altogether possible the Elis will be back in Maine next year...toting silverware.

 

 

By Melanie Cane

On July 11, after a ten-day break, Rye’s undefeated 12U Little League team played a doubleheader against Port Chester at the Ardsley Little League field for the District 20 Championship title.  

Despite terrific pitching by Jack Margiloff, Rye lost the first game 2-1. The Pirates scored their runs in the bottom of the third on a two-run homer by Kevin Francella. Rye scored in the top of the fourth. JT Wolf hit a hard ground ball past the third baseman for a single and then stole second. Jack Sullivan moved Wolf to third on an infield single. Tillman Ball sent Wolf home on a ground ball fielder’s choice to shortstop. Rye threatened with bases loaded in the top of the sixth, but Port Chester’s adept fielding prevented them from scoring.

In the second game, Rye got off to a shaky start. Port Chester’s leadoff batter Francella hit an inside-the-park home run. After that, Ryan Surhoff pitched a phenomenal complete game, recording nine strikeouts.

Margiloff tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run. Rye scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning. Derek Woods started the inning with a single to shortstop, Surhoff singled on a line drive to left field, and Woods and Surhoff advanced on a wild pitch. Sullivan then walked to load the bases. Margiloff grounded into a fielder’s choice and Woods was out at home. Ball singled on a hard ground ball to second base, which scored Surhoff. The next batter struck out to end the inning.

After the win, Rye head coach Mark Surhoff said, “Ours is a special group. Every player contributes, and I can’t say enough about how we play as a team.”

The district win propelled the team to Sectionals. Rye plays against New Rochelle at New Rochelle on July 15.

 

Rye Little League Team Routs Dobbs Ferry,

But Succumbs to Sherman Park

By Melanie Cane

In their first game of the summer, July 9, Rye’s 11U Little League team pummeled Dobbs Ferry 10-2. But the following evening, on their home field at Disbrow Park, they were on the losing end of a 10-1 blowout against Sherman Park.

Neither team scored in the first inning. In the top of the second, Rye pitcher Shepherd Griffiths got the first two batters out. The third batter hit a long fly ball triple. The subsequent batter walked. An RBI single scored Sherman Park’s first run and then a home run scored three more.

Rye’s batters made good contact in the bottom of the second, but Sherman Park’s defense kept them scoreless.

With a 4-0 lead in the top of the third, Sherman Park added two more before Rye ended the inning on a beautiful double play. Second baseman Tyler Canna fielded a grounder between second and third. He threw to shortstop Harley Goodner who was covering second. Goodner threw to Jack Connolly for the inning-ending double play.

Rye scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth. Billy Fallon hit a ground ball bullet down the third baseline for a double. He then stole third. The next batter walked and Tommy Broderick sent Fallon home on a single. Rye’s rally ended on a phenomenal ground ball grab by Sherman Park’s shortstop.

Despite the players’ struggles at the plate, Rye Coach Will Margiloff felt the boys played well. Since the team is playing three games in three days, they are forced to rotate pitchers and other infield positions three times. The league mandates that to pitch on consecutive days the pitch count must be 20 or under. A boy can pitch two days later if his pitch count is under 35.

Rye faces off against Port Chester July 12. (Details to come)

Billy Fallon at third base

Jack Connolly on his way to first

Shepherd Griffiths on the mound

Resurrection Church sponsors a Summer Basketball League for college-age men Wednesday nights at 8 and 9:15 through August 9. Forty-five players have registered. “It is an excellent time of exercise, fun, and reconnecting with friends,” says Rev. Donald M. Dwyer. Among the colleges represented are Dartmouth, Bucknell, Tufts, Kentucky, Colgate, Villanova, UC Berkeley, Duke, and Wesleyan.

In July, Resurrection will conduct its 4th Annual Summer League for high school students. Seventy-five players are registered.

 

By Mitch Silver

 

The games are over, the races won. In some instances, the trophies in their cases are already in need of polish. Nevertheless, New York State’s sportswriters and other worthies have been handing out post-season kudos to athletes from Rye High, Rye Neck, and Rye Country Day School. Here are a few of the recent honorees.

 

Rye Neck’s amazing softball battery of Olivia Dunne and Sam Yannuzzi were both named to All-State teams by the Sportswriters’ Association. Pitching star Dunne was placed on the Class B 4th team and catcher/hitting star Yannuzzi was chosen for the 5th. The good news for Coach Joan Speadfino is, they’ll both be back next year.

 

Playing on the hardball diamond about a hundred yards away from Dunne and Yannuzzi, another catcher—classmate Jack Sheldon—was named All-Westchester/Putnam Honorable Mention by the Journal News/Lohud baseball staff. The honor came on the heels of being named to the All-Conference III team. Other area baseball stars to be honored were Rye High’s Mat Bruno, chosen for the Westchester/Putnam second team, and fellow graduate Myles Burbank at Honorable Mention. Both Bruno and Burbank were Conference II all-stars.

 

Rye Country Day senior Joe Burns also earned Honorable Mention for his exploits on the diamond, while his classmate Enzo Stefanoni topped the charts with his crazy season on the mound for the Wildcats, setting a New York State record for career wins.

 

Rye Neck tennis star Eikoh Hayashi joins Section One singles champ Sean Wei of Yorktown, Hayden Cassone of John Jay, and Luke Smith of Scarsdale on the Journal News’ Westchester/Putnam first team. Hayashi finished the season undefeated playing at 1st singles, and he became the first male tennis player at Rye Neck to win the Conference Championship. 

 

Awards in boys’ track & field went to a slew of Wildcats and Garnets. Country Day’s sprinting quartet of juniors Daniel de Leon and Jackson Brodwolf, soph Cameron Coleman, and freshman Cullen Coleman were considered the second-best 4x100-meter relay team in the area, behind only White Plains. Brodwolf also took individual Honorable Mention in the 100. Graduating Wildcats Evander Jackson (110 hurdles) and Hannes Boehning (Javelin) received the same honor in their specialties.

 

Down the road, Rye High’s 4x800 relay team of senior Mark Willis and three juniors—Anders Jensen, Alec Radtke, and Marek Nowak—were named Honorable Mention, as was Jensen in the individual 400 Hurdles.

 

On the lacrosse field, junior Pete Chabot of Rye was named to the Westchester/Putnam 2nd team at his specialty of “faceoff/get off” man, the player who wins the ball for his team without necessarily staying on the field for the entire attacking play. Garnets who did stay on the field and were recognized for their excellence were Billy Chabot, Owen Hull, Will Hynson, and Ryan Kirkpatrick. They were all named Honorable Mention, as was senior midfielder and team leader Tommy Chai at Rye Country Day. Chai led all Section One lacrosse players with 86 goals and 130 points on the season. The Chabots, Hynson, and Kirkpatrick had previously been named to the public school All-Section squad. Teddy Aquilino earned Honorable Mention.

 

Out on the links, the Journal News named Rye Country Day eighth grader Matt Yamin to the Westchester/Putnam first team Here’s what they said in making the award: “Eighth grader Yamin played beyond his years. He anchored the Wildcats' lineup and went on to win the NYSAIS tournament at Sunningdale Country Club. That qualified Yamin for the Federation tournament at Bethpage Black, where he placed seventh.”

 

His sophomore teammate Charles Jolly was named to the 2nd team. Another mere stripling, freshman Doug Beney, took Honorable Mention while whacking balls for the Garnets. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mat Bruno, left, and Myles Burbank earned post-season honors for the Garnets.

Tommy Chai (#2) outmuscles an opponent for the Wildcats.

Sam Yannuzzi slams a walk-off homer for the Panthers.

Record-setter Enzo Stefanoni will take his baseball talents to Harvard.

Rye Neck Boys’ Golf

Panthers Beat Goliaths Mahopac and Greeley en Route to Winning Season

By Mitch Silver

 

Coach Mark Canno’s team had another in a string of successful seasons this spring, finishing 13-3 for a second-place finish in Conference III League B play. 

 

Along the way, the squad notched home-and-home victories over their rivals, the Blind Brook Trojans. Just as impressive, the Panthers — led by senior captains Ben Banker, Tim Kelley, Logan Spencer, and Jack Van Buren — knocked off squads from Mahopac and Horace Greeley, schools with nearly triple the enrollment of Rye Neck’s 360 students.

 

Juniors Aidan Heaton, Danny Morningstar, and Genki Ono also played a large part in the team’s success, as Heaton joined Kelley and Van Buren on the All-League team. In post-season play, Kelley carried Rye Neck’s colors into the Sectional tournament.

 

 

Looking ahead to 2018, Coach Canno is upbeat despite the loss of so many good ball strikers. “We had a great run with this group, but we have three strong juniors back and five or six underclassman who improved by leaps and bounds as the year went on. Jack and Luke Masciopinto, Michael Miller, and Aidan’s brother Ronan Heaton will all vie for starting spots next season.”