Price pitches Ridgefield past Wilton

Although the stakes weren't as high, the Ridgefield High baseball team did get a slice of satisfaction.

In a rematch of the 2017 FCIAC championship game, Ridgefield defeated host Wilton, 4-1, on Monday afternoon. Wilton had edged the Tigers to win the conference title last season.

Ridgefield received a strong outing from senior left-hander Alex Price, who allowed only one unearned run on three hits. Price struck out six batters and issued no walks.

"Today was a great win to start the latter, and the tougher, part of the schedule," said Price. "For me, I was excited to get out there and face our big rivals. We played solid defense and got some big hits."

The Tigers (9-3 overall, 7-2 FCIAC) got three of those big hits in the top of the second inning. Nick Hanna doubled and scored on Quinn McDonald's two-out triple. Ben Cohen followed with an RBI double to give Ridgefield a 2-0 lead.

Wilton got one run back when Jack DiNanno hit an RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the third.

Ridgefield responded with two runs in the top of the fourth to go ahead 4-1. McDonald was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on Cohen's single before scoring on Matt Restivo's squeeze bunt. Pete Columbia followed with an RBI single to score Cohen.

With some defensive help, Price then kept the Warriors from getting any closer in the next three innings.

In the bottom of the fourth, Wilton grounded into a double play started by shortstop Matt Stamatis. And with runners on first and third with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, the Warriors' Ryan Gabriele hit a line drive that Ridgefield first baseman Nick Cullinan turned into an unassisted double play. Price retired the next batter to end the threat.

"Always a great feeling winning against Wilton," said Hanna. "Losing to them in the [FCIAC] championship last year was tough, so we've been looking forward to this game for a while now."

Notes: McDonald, Cohen and Price had two hits apiece for the Tigers.

Price is now 4-0 this season with a 1.35 ERA.


Press sports correspondent JB Blood contributed to this story.