Ridgefield baseball team stays hot with win over Norwalk

Scoring in each of the first five innings, the Ridgefield High baseball team rolled to a 7-1 victory over host Norwalk on Friday.

It was the ninth straight win for the Tigers, who are now 15-3 overall with two regular-season games remaining.

Ridgefield scored single runs in the first, second and third innings to take a 3-0 lead. A three-run rally in the top of the fourth and another run in the fifth stretched the Tigers' lead to 7-0 before Norwalk got its only run in the bottom of the sixth.

Alex Price continued his string of quality starts for Ridgefield, holding Norwalk scoreless over five innings. Price allowed two hits while walking one batter and striking out eight.

Michael Heller and Matt Colucci each pitched an inning in relief for the Tigers.

Price also contributed at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Jake Artzt and Joey Pastore each added two hits, a run scored and an RBI. One of Pastore's hits was a long solo homer.

Thomas Gioffre, Ben Cohen, Matt Stamatis, Nick Hanna, Ty Fujitani, and John Briody had one hit apiece for Ridgefield.

Notes: Pete Columbia and Stamatis each drove in a run for the Tigers.

Price (two), Stamatis, Artzt, and Hanna stole bases.

Price is now 6-1 this season with a 1.11 ERA. Over 50 and one-third innings, Price has allowed 30 hits while walking 12 batters and striking out 57.

Pastore's home run was his second of the spring and first since the season opener against Newtown.

Ridgefield finishes the regular season with home games against Westhill on Monday (May 14) and Fairfield Warde on Wednesday (May 16). Both games begin at 4 p.m. at Ciuccoli Field.