Artzt pitches one-hitter as Ridgefield blanks Stamford

The graduation loss of Collin Lowe left Ridgefield High baseball coach Paul Fabbri searching for another starting pitcher to join Alex Price at the top of the rotation.

Jake Artzt sure looked like a second ace on Wednesday morning.

The senior right-hander, who was used as a spot starter and reliever last year, threw a one-hit shutout as Ridgefield beat host Stamford, 4-0. Artzt allowed just an infield single in the sixth inning while striking out eight batters and walking one.

Ridgefield took a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. The Tigers (3-1 overall) got one run on an error before Nick Hanna had an RBI single and Price followed with an RBI double.

In the top of the sixth, Joey Pastore reached on an error and eventually scored on another error, extending Ridgefield's lead to 4-0.

That was plenty for Artzt, who needed just 78 pitches to record his first career shutout.

Notes: Matt Stamatis and Hanna each had two hits for the Tigers, and Nick Cullinan, Quinn McDonald, Pete Columbia, and Price added one hit apiece.

Artzt struck out two Stamford batters in the sixth and inning and then struck out the side to end the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Matt Tiplady went the distance for Stamford, allowing four unearned runs on eight hits. Tiplady walked three batters and struck out six.

The Black Knights committed six errors.