With a .210 staff earned run average through 17 games, the Ridgefield High baseball team has been tough to score against this season.
But with a .244 batting average, the Tigers have often struggled to generate offense.
Those two factors were on display Wednesday as Ridgefield fell to New Canaan, 4-3, at Governor Park. The Tigers allowed only two earned runs but were unable to get going at the plate.
“Three runs doesn’t win [many] high school baseball games,” said Ridgefield head coach Paul Fabbri, whose team is now 11-6 with three regular-season games remaining. “We should’ve hit better.”
After getting a boost in their FCIAC playoff chances with Monday’s 4-2 win over St. Joseph, the Tigers took a step back by losing to New Canaan. The defeat left Ridgefield in a four-way tie for sixth place in the conference overall standings, with those teams one-half game ahead of two others. The top-eight teams qualify for the post-season.
In Wednesday’s game, Ridgefield scored single runs in the second and third innings to open a 2-0 lead. But New Canaan (6-11 overall) went ahead with one run in the top of the fourth and two more in the top of the fifth. The Rams then extended their lead to 4-2 with a run in the top of the seventh.
Down to its final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh, Ridgefield got a leadoff single from Joey Pastore. Following a strikeout and a fielder’s choice groundout, Alex Hanna delivered an RBI double, pulling the Tigers within 4-3. But New Canaan pitcher Jack Jordan got the next batter on a line drive to center to end the game.
Ridgefield took a 1-0 lead on Matt Lavorgna’s RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the second. In the third, Johnny Briody doubled and later scored on Colin LaCoille’s sacrifice fly, making it 2-0.
But New Canaan got its first run in the fourth and added two unearned runs in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Jack Bohrer started for Ridgefield and pitched three and one-third innings, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Jack Costello came on in relief in the fourth and went one and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs (both unearned) on two hits. Luke Barrientos pitched the final two innings, giving up a run on two hits.
Jordan pitched a complete game for New Canaan, allowing three runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out two.