RHS recap: Baseball game unfinished; tennis teams sweep

Ridgefield High teams split four contests on Monday, with a fifth game still to be decided.

Baseball: Three hours and 11 innings after it started, Monday's game between Trumbull and Ridgefield still didn't have a winner.

The teams were tied at 2-2 when the game was called due to darkness after Ridgefield failed to score in the bottom of the 11th inning at Ciuccoli Field. The game will resume at that point on a day to be determined.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on Nick Cullinan's RBI single.

Making his first varsity start, Ridgefield sophomore Matthew DeLuca kept Trumbull scoreless until the top of the fifth, when Chris Briganti's RBI single tied the game.

Trumbull went ahead with a run in the top of the sixth. Pete Columbia relieved DeLuca at the start of the inning and left with a runner on second base and two outs. Ridgefield senior ace Alex Price then came in and allowed a single to Kevin Bruggeman that gave Trumbull a 2-1 lead.

Ridgefield evened the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Matt Restivo led off with a single and went to second on a groundout before coming home on Matt Stamatis's single.

Each team got runners in scoring position several times after that, but neither could take the lead before the game was halted. Price pitched the final five and one-third innings for the Tigers.

Softball: Opening its season on the road against the reigning Class LL state champion, the Ridgefield softball team got off to an encouraging start.

The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the first inning to take a quick 3-0 lead over Trumbull, the state's top-ranked team, on Monday in Trumbull.

But the Golden Eagles (3-0) got one run back in the bottom of the first and then erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the third to go ahead 9-1. Trumbull added five more runs in the fourth inning and one in the bottom of the sixth to take a 15-3 lead, ending the game early due to the run rule.

Sabrina Grizzaffi had two hits for Ridgefield, and teammate Skyler Arent contributed an RBI double.

Freshman Alyssa DeStefano started for the Tigers and pitched into the third inning. Fellow freshmen Alex Kinkead and Arent came on in relief for Ridgefield.

Girls tennis: Ridgefield stayed unbeaten with a 7-0 sweep of Danbury on Monday afternoon.

The Tigers are now 3-0 this season.

Ridgefield got singles wins from Aurora Joblon (6-0, 6-1), Morgan Held (6-0, 6-2), Isabelle Vollemicke (6-1, 6-3), and Alexis Zacharakos (6-4, 6-3).

Also winning in straight sets for Ridgefield were Hillary Sherpa and Jillian O'Keefe at first doubles (6-1, 6-0), and Tara Ford and Hannah Zipkin at second doubles (6-0, 6-2).

At third doubles, Emma Ratnavel and Sam Margolin defeated their Danbury opponents by scores of 6-1, 4-6, 13-11 (super tiebreaker).

Boys tennis: Despite playing without four starters, Ridgefield defeated Danbury, 6-1, in Monday's match.

Brian Song (6-1, 6-0), Ramiro Davila (6-2, 6-0), and Carter Schroppe (6-3, 6-1) won in straight sets for the Tigers at first, second, and fourth singles, respectively.

Tanner Daubenspeck rallied for a 3-6, 6-2, 12-9 (third set played as super tiebreaker) victory at third singles for Ridgefield.

Tadd Long and Seth Prusko added a 6-1, 6-0 triumph at first doubles, and Shane Bowler and Joe Campos contributed a 6-1, 6-0 win at second doubles.

Danbury's lone point came at third doubles, as Ben Schoelkpf and Jose Campanaro edged Harry Berger and Del Irving by scores of 1-6, 6-4, 12-9 (third set played as super tiebreaker).

Boys volleyball: Preseason FCIAC favorite Staples lived up to its billing with a 3-0 sweep of Ridgefield on Monday in Westport.

The Wreckers (3-0) won by scores of 25-19, 25-13, and 25-17.

[The] first set was close. We were up four points and lost," said Ridgefield head coach Lidania Cibere. "Second set we couldn’t pass ... third set it was back and forth until about point 15, where we  kind of fell apart. We weren’t consistent in passing and serving and that really hurt us."

Christian DeVivo had 15 kills and nine digs for Ridgefield (2-1). Andrew Knachel added 20 assists and three digs.