Contact Us
Mamaroneck Daily Voice serves Larchmont & Mamaroneck
Return to your home site

Menu

Mamaroneck Daily Voice serves Larchmont & Mamaroneck
Breaking News: Ex-Westchester DA Jeanine Pirro Clocked Speeding At 119 MPH
sports

Rye Neck Softball Team Snags 1st Section 1 Championship Since 2002

May was a memorable month for Rye Neck softball. Joan Spedafino became Section 1's winningest coach on May 1, as celebrated with her team and assistant coach/husband, Frank. Saturday, the Panthers grabbed Rye Neck's first Section 1 title in 13 years.
May was a memorable month for Rye Neck softball. Joan Spedafino became Section 1's winningest coach on May 1, as celebrated with her team and assistant coach/husband, Frank. Saturday, the Panthers grabbed Rye Neck's first Section 1 title in 13 years. Photo Credit: Provided/Rye Neck High School

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. – It's been quite a season for Rye Neck High School's Joan Spedafino.

On May 1, Spedafino became the winningest softball coach in Section 1 history, with her 447th career victory over 30 years, as reported here by Daily Voice .

On Saturday, her team closed out the joyful month with an 8-2 Section 1 Class B victory over Valhalla. It gave Rye Neck its first sectional title since 2002, advancing the Panthers to State playoffs.

During the regular season, the Panthers lost to Valhalla, 18-1. And last spring, Rye Neck lost the Section 1 final to the Vikings, who were four-time defending champions..

Hurling the playoff win for the Panthers was senior Diana King, who struck out five batters while allowing one earned run. King, Lindsay Walther and Sam Yannuzzi batted in two runs apiece -- including a game-tying home run by King in the third inning.

Valhalla's starting pitcher Sydni Holtz, who will play softball with King next year at New York University, doubled to knock in one run. The Vikings' Brandi Coon scored on a passed ball.

Rye Neck faces the Section 9 champion in the State regional semifinal playoff game at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Rhinebeck High School in Dutchess County..

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Mamaroneck Daily Voice!

Serves Larchmont & Mamaroneck

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.