History of the Rye Little League
In May of 1957, while at a Lions Club meeting, John Hayes, Sr., Norm Brown, Chester Seaward and Donal Hall decided to start a Little League program in Rye. Sam Allen wrote a check in the amount of $300 for part of the application fee. Sam lived with his family on the corner of Sea and Central Roads. He had a son with a disability and wanted to do something that would allow his son, Waymond Allen, to have socialization. In the middle 30’s he built a baseball diamond in his back yard. He supplied bats, balls and gloves. Rye locals that included Jack Hayes, Jr., Phil Drake and Dick Locke played there religiously. They had pick-up games with teams from Portsmouth and North Hampton.
On June 11, 1957, they made application for a franchise and for the right to conduct a baseball program under the name “Rye Little League.” The population within the league boundaries was 2,700. There were four teams, fifteen players on a team, and a schedule of eighteen games.
The founding fathers included:
President: Norman D. Brown
Vice President: John P. Hayes, Jr. (pictured below on the 2006 Opening Day)
Secretary/Treasurer: Chester Seaward
Player Agent: Donal Lee Hall
Braves Manager: Donal Lee Hall
Cardinals Manager: Robert Lovett
Dodgers Manager: John Scully
Pirates Manager: Irving Jenness
Baseball games were first played at the Rye Junior High School. They moved to the Rye Elementary School when the new addition was completed. In 1974, proceeds from the previous season provided two of the teams with new uniforms. Prior to this, only one team was outfitted every four years. The “snack shack” was constructed thanks to Bob Patton. The fence running from third base to the left field corners was moved, allowing the players the opportunity to catch fly balls in foul territory. Bleachers were built into the hill along the third base line, thanks to Dick Tompkins. An electric “Ball-Strike Out” board was added in right field, thanks to Dan Denman, Howard Noyes and Joe Mills.
Remember When .... 30 Years Ago!!
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Pirate Team Photo from 1980
Photos courtesy of Jay Nadeau
Back row, left to right: Irving "Flash" Jenness, Mike Cody (Pitcher/Outfield), Paul Delaney (Outfield), Ricky Matthews (Pitcher/1st Base), Mark Moray (Short Stop/First Base), Rich Hackett (1st Base/3rd Base/Pitcher), Assistant Coach Chris Couch (Flash's son-in-law).
Front row, left to right: David Leland (Outfield/2nd Base), Matt Denman (Pitcher/3rd Base), John Martin, Robbie Sargent (Outfield), David Oeser (Pitcher/Outfield), Patrick Dennehy (Outfield), Tim Moulder (2nd Base/Outfield), Jay Nadeau (Catcher/Short Stop).
Batboy Chad Couch - Asst. Coach Couch's son and Flash Jenness's grandson.
1980 Little League season
Umpire John Sexton, Jay Nadeau (catching), Paul Predaris (at the plate)
Look at the Rye Rec building!
2003 - New Hampshire State Champions
2010 9/10 All Stars
2005 - 11/12 All Stars won the District II championship
2006 - Rye Little League hosted the New Hampshire Little League NH State Championship
2010 - 9/10 All Stars won their first ever District Championship (See Below)
Congratulations to the 9/10 All Star Team for having such a successful season! They worked great as a team together, played hard, and had fun! On July 24 and 25, 2010, they played in the NH State Tournament, representing District II, playing against Windham, representing District 1. Windham claimed the NH State Championship title this year and will be moving on to the Regional Tournament in Cranston, RI. Thank you to all the families who were able to make the trip up to Laconia to cheer our guys on through the District II Tournament vs. Portsmouth and then through the State Tournament.
"I would just like to say it has been such a fantastic time for the coaching staff and we were all so glad to be a part of the team. They all practiced and played hard and accomplished something for the Rye Little League system that has never been done (at least for a few years) and that alone is something special. I will always be thankful that I was able to be a part of this team. I just want to say one more thing, that without Coach Record, this would not have happened as he was a HUGE part of this team." Manager Steve Turner
From the Portsmouth Herald
Rye Eliminated from Little League 9/10 State Championship Series (7/26/10)
Rye 9/10 Stars Falls in Opening Game of State Championship Series (7/25/10)
Rye Little Leaguers Seeking Encore in State Final (7/23/10)
Rye Little League Steps Out of Portsmouth's Large Shadow (7/22/10)
Rye 9/10s Make History with Sweep (7/19/10)
Rye 9/10 All Stars Stun Portsmouth in Game 1 (7/18/10)
2010 9/10 All Star Team
Front Row Center: Max Malila
Second Row: David Kohlhase, Hunter LeRoux-Porter, Dylan King, Spencer Ledger, Caleb Thibedeau, Alec Keehbler
Back Row: Mike Sanborn, Dylan Chase, Cody Graham, Hunter Adams, Matt Ledger, Trevor Durkin
Coach Del Record, Manager Steve Turner, Coach Derek Malila
2010 District II Games
11/12 All Stars
Dover 1, Rye 0
Rye 6, Somersworth 1
Portsmouth 10, Rye 0
Laconia 10, Rye 5
Canterbury/Tilton 6, Rye 2
9/10 All Stars
Somersworth 3, Rye 2
Portsmouth 13, Rye 0
Rye 11, Laconia 1
Rye 15, Canterbury/Tilton 1
Articles from the Portsmouth Herald
Expectations Again High for Portsmouth Little League 11/12 All Stars (July 3, 2010)
Portsmouth 9/10 All Stars Seeking to Get Back on Top (July 3, 2010)
Rye 11/12 All Stars Fall to Dover in Pitchers' Duel (July 4, 2010)
Rye All Stars Earn Key District Win (July 6, 2010)
Portsmouth 9/10 All Stars Rout Rye in District Opener (July 8, 2010)
Portsmouth All Stars Top Rye (July 9, 2010)
Rye 9/10 All Stars Earn First District Victory (July 11, 2010)
Articles from the Foster's Daily Democrat
Dover LL Wins District 2 Opener (July 4, 2010)
Rye Rebounds: "Lefty" King Paces Win Over Somersworth (July 6, 2010)
Portsmouth's Bats Punish Rye (July 9, 2010)
Laconia 11/12s Dominate Rye (July 11, 2010)
2010 11/12 team
Manager Ron King and Coach Pete Kendall
Logan Adams, Joey Auger, Carson Crisp, Connor DiCesare, Zane Keehbler, Charlie Kendall, Carter King, Sam LeCompte, Jack Leger, Jamie Meade, Grant Shambo and Riley Turner