On May 31, Rye Neck’s stellar softball season came to a close at North Rockland High School as the top-seeded Panthers fell to a powerful Valhalla squad 8-0 in the Class C championship game.
The Panthers fell behind in the second inning when Valhalla plated its first run of the day, but Rye Neck suffered a bigger loss in the frame as catcher Sam Yanuzzi–one of the team’s best hitters–was forced to leave the game after taking a foul-tip off the knee.
Although the Panthers battled valiantly, they couldn’t solve Viking pitcher Sydni Holtz, who allowed just five hits on the afternoon and fanned six Rye Neck batters.
The Vikings were able to break the game open in the fourth inning on a three-run triple by Kaylie Dymek, who later scored when the throw home was off-target.
The win marks Valhalla’s sixth-straight section title as the Vikings have emerged as something of a powerhouse in the section. In addition to those six titles, the Vikings have played in the Class C finals in eight of the last 10 years.
-Reporting by Mike Smith