With the way the Ridgefield High softball team is playing, an early three-run deficit is no reason to panic.
Down 3-0 before they came to bat, the Tigers rallied to beat Staples, 7-3, on Saturday morning in Ridgefield.
The victory was the third straight and eighth in nine games for Ridgefield, which is 10-8 (10-4 FCIAC) with two regular-season games remaining.
Going into Tuesday’s game with Westhill (postponed from Monday), the Tigers are in a four-team tie for third place in the conference’s overall standings. The top-eight teams qualify for the FCIAC playoffs, which begin with quarterfinal games Friday.
On Saturday, Staples got RBI hits from Maisie Dembski and Aydan Moskowitz to take a quick 3-0 lead.
Ridgefield responded with two runs in the bottom of the first. Claire Filaski and Julia Clavi reached on singles, with Filaski scoring on Alyssa DeStefano’s hit and Clavi coming home on Makenna Skrobar’s hit.
The Tigers tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fourth, as Alex Kinkead bunted for a single and Sabrina Grizzaffi followed with an RBI double.
Ridgefield went ahead to stay with a four-run rally in the bottom of the sixth. Grizzaffi had a two-run double, and Clavi got another run home with a double before scoring herself to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
Alyssa DeStefano then retired Staples in order in the top of the seventh to close out the triumph.
“It was a real fun game to watch,” Ridgefield head coach Lauren Greywacz said. “The girls had a couple of mishaps — there was a bit of a problem with the sun today — but they really fought through it. They stayed intense and did everything I wanted them to do.”
Skylar Arent started for the Tigers and pitched the first three innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits and walking one batter. DeStefano kept Staples scoreless over the final four innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two batters.
“I would not say I have a starter this year; I start whichever pitcher looked better the game before, or if I know the team struggles hitting lefty pitchers I will use Skylar,” Greywacz said. “If I know the team is weak hitting the outside pitch, I pitch Alyssa due to her tailing two-seam (fastball) that she throws very accurately at any location … when used as an outside pitch, hitters really struggle following the tail.”