Errors contribute to McMahon's win over Ridgefield

The Ridgefield High baseball team fell behind early and never recovered in a 9-3 loss to visiting Brien McMahon on Monday at Ciuccoli Field.

The setback was the second straight for the Tigers, who are now 6-3 overall.

Senior Alex Price started for Ridgefield and pitched three innings, allowing five runs on four hits while walking two batters and striking out seven.

Price had an uncharacteristic rough outing that wasn't helped by sloppy defensive play — of the five runs McMahon scored against Price, only two were earned. Michael Heller, Ty Fujitani, James McCann, and Luke Barrientos all pitched in relief for the Tigers.

Two fielding errors and a throwing error led to McMahon's four-run third inning, from which Ridgefield never recovered.

Heller held McMahon scoreless in the top of the fourth inning, striking out one batter and picking off a runner. Fujitani took over in the fifth inning, hitting a batter and walking one before allowing a single that stretched McMahon’s lead to 6-0. Fujitani then induced a groundout and a flyout to escape the jam.

McCann started the sixth inning and allowed one unearned run after a batter reached via throwing error. He was relieved by Barrientos, a freshman, who surrendered two unearned runs in the top of the seventh.

Ridgefield got its three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jake Artzt reached on an error, and pinch-runner Nick Hanna scored when Price's grounder to third resulted in a throwing error. Barrientos then singled, and Sean Livingstone drove in Price with a double. Nick Cullinan followed with an RBI groundout that scored Barrientos and cut the Tigers' deficit to 7-3.

But the Senators responded with their final two runs in the top of the seventh to make it 9-3. Down to its last at-bat, Ridgefield got a single from Cole Blackwell in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to score.

“We were sloppy and that’s not a great look for us,” said Ridgefield head coach Paul Fabbri, whose team committed six errors. “I think our offense has been lackluster for a couple of weeks now; we don’t have enough pop, one-to-nine, in our [batting] order.

“Usually we can count on Alex [Price] to give us a great outing. Today he wasn’t good and we needed somebody to pick him up when he has a rare poor outing,” added Fabbri. “Even though we didn’t play good defense behind him, our offense was really the problem. We’re gonna scratch our heads and search for answers.”

Notes: Matt Stamatis had two of Ridgefield's nine hits. Pete Columbia, Joey Pastore, Cullinan, Barrientos, Livingstone, Blackwell, and Price added one hit apiece.