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Two losses bounce Ridgefield from Ruth 14U state tourney

After upending Simsbury in its opening game, the host Ridgefield 14U Babe Ruth All-Star team lost its following two contests to bow out of the double-elimination state  tournament.

Ridgefield, which qualified as the host team, defeated District 8 champion Simsbury, 6-5, last Thursday at Ciuccoli Field.

Ridgefield starting pitcher John Thrasher struck out six batters and scattered two hits over five innings.

Ridgefield scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth on hits by Pete Sarath, Logan Monaco, Colin Motill and Matt Colin.

Motill pitched the sixth inning, and Colin closed out the victory after entering the game in the seventh inning with no outs and the tying runs on second and third. After two groundouts and a pop-up — all to Thrasher at shortstop — the tying run was stranded at third and Ridgefield came away with the win.

On Saturday, Ridgefield lost a 3-1 heartbreaker to Stamford in a second-round winners’ bracket game at Ciuccoli Field.

Stamford scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning, and that was enough for the victory.

Colin pitched six innings for Ridgefield and allowed one earned run while also collecting two hits at the plate.

Despite the two unearned runs, Ridgefield’s defense did make some nice plays. Thrasher had an outstanding game at catcher that included spectacular plays in foul territory from dugout to dugout. A strong throw from rightfielder Omar Pasha to first baseman Nick Duda to Thrasher at home stopped a key Stamford rally to keep the score at 3-1, and Ryan Fitzpatrick played a stellar game at second base.

Ridgefield had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to tie the game due to strong Stamford pitching.

Dropping to the losers’ bracket, Ridgefield then lost to Milford, 9-4, and was eliminated from the tournament.

Ridgefield took an early 2-0 lead on key at-bats and baserunning by Motill and Thrasher. Josh Finn scored twice to account for the third and fourth runs.

After falling behind 9-3 in the top of the seventh inning, Ridgefield again had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh with the tying run on deck, displaying the never-give-up spirit that has been a trademark for the team throughout its summer season. But Ridgefield was held to one run as Milford came away with the win.

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