Ridgefield erupts for 10-5 win in district opener

Chris Keating throws a pitch in Ridgefield's District 1 tournament game against Wilton. — Scott Mullin photo
Chris Keating throws a pitch in Ridgefield's District 1 tournament game against Wilton. — Scott Mullin photo

Play resumed. Ridgefield’s bats awoke.

Scoring all their runs in three innings, the Ridgefield Little League 12U All-Stars defeated Wilton, 10-5, in Monday evening’s completion of the District 1 tournament opener at Jensen Field.

The game began Sunday but was suspended by rain with Wilton ahead 1-0 and Ridgefield at bat with one out in the bottom of the second inning.

Wilton increased its lead to 2-0 with a run in the top of the third Monday before Ridgefield responded in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Chris Keating reached on a dropped third strike. Nico Genna then singled to right field, with Keating scoring on the play. After Casey Gaughran singled, Trevor Chojnacki followed with a two-run double. Chojnacki went to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch, giving Ridgefield a 4-2 lead.

A pair of RBI singles in the top of the fourth allowed Wilton to tie the game, but Ridgefield matched those two runs in the bottom of the frame. Lucas Clausen reached on a dropped third strike and Teddy Sproule walked, with both scoring when Genna’s flyball was misplayed in the outfield.

Both teams scored again in the fifth inning, although Ridgefield got the better of the exchange. Wilton’s run in the top of the inning narrowed its deficit to 6-5 before Ridgefield embarked on its second four-run rally.

Nick Roman singled and scored on Clausen’s triple; Sproule added an RBI single; and Keating rocked a two-run homer to left field, pushing Ridgefield’s lead to 10-5.

Ridgefield pitcher Aidan Mignano retired Wilton in order in the top of the sixth to finish the victory.

Mignano pitched all four innings Monday, yielding four runs (one earned) on six hits and one strikeout.

Keating had started for Ridgefied on Sunday and pitched the first two innings. He was charged with one run (unearned) on two hits.

Gaughran and Keating each had two hits for Ridgefield. Keating scored two runs and drove in two runs. Chojnacki also had two RBIs, while Clausen and Sproule each scored two runs.

Notes: Ridgefield failed to score in the first two innings on Sunday, stranding several baserunners.

Keating had a lead-off single in the bottom of the first but was forced at second on Jack Signorelli's fielder's choice groundout. Mignano then grounded into a fielder's choice that forced Signorelli at second base.

With two outs, Gaughran singled to right field and Mignano went to third base on the play. But Wilton pitcher William Forgione struck out the Ridgefield next batter to end the threat.

Owen Zusel singled to begin the bottom of the second inning for Ridgefield but was thrown out by Wilton catcher Jack Schwartz while trying to steal second base. That was the last play on Sunday as the game was stopped with a 2-1 count on Ridgefield's Nick Roman.