Baseball: Ridgefield gets past Trinity, 8-6

After opening a six-run lead, the Ridgefield High baseball team held on for an 8-6 victory over Trinity Catholic on Friday in Stamford.

The Tigers are now 4-1 this season, while Trinity dropped to 1-5 with its fifth straight loss.

Ridgefield scored in each of its first four at-bats to go ahead, 7-1, through three-and-a-half innings. But Trinity went on a four-run rally in the bottom of the fourth to close within 7-5.

Each team then added one run in the sixth inning to end the scoring. Ridgefield ace Alex Price came out of the bullpen to pitch the final one and two-thirds innings and get the save.

The Tigers took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Matt Stamatis had an RBI single and Price drove in another run with a sacrifice fly.

With two outs in the top of the second, Ridgefield got a single from Pete Columbia and a walk to Nick Cullinan before Stamatis followed with his second run-scoring single of the game.

Trinity scored a run in the bottom of the second, but the Tigers responded with three runs in the top of the third to open a 6-1 lead. Jake Artzt smacked a two-run double and then scored on Brendan Grizzaffi's sacrifice fly.

Stamatis led off the fourth inning with a single, stole second base, and scored on Nick Hanna's single to extend Ridgefield's lead to 7-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, Trinity took advantage of four Ridgefield errors to score four unearned runs and cut its deficit to 7-5.

The Tigers got an unearned run in the top of the sixth, and Trinity answered with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning.

Trinity got a one-out walk in the bottom of the seventh before Price retired the next two batters to end the game.

Stamatis had a big day at the plate for Ridgefield, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Artzt was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Hanna (two), Columbia, Quinn McDonald, and Ben Cohen also had hits for the Tigers.

Keenan Briggs started for Ridgefield, with Columbia, Luke Barrientos, Michael Heller, and Price all pitching in relief. Heller was credited with the victory.

The five Ridgefield pitchers allowed just three hits but walked nine batters.