Ridgefield baseball team thumps Danbury, 11-4

Pounding out 18 hits, the Ridgefield High baseball team routed Danbury, 11-4, on Tuesday afternoon at Ciuccoli Field.

The Tigers, who improved to 5-1 with the victory, built an 8-2 lead through three innings.

Senior left-hander Alex Price started for Ridgefield and pitched the first six innings to get the win. Price allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits while walking three batters and striking out two. James McAnn relieved Price and pitched the seventh inning, allowing the final Danbury run.

Ridgefield went ahead 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Walks to Matt Stamatis and Nick Cullinan flanked Pete Columbia's single and loaded the bases for Joey Pastore, who delivered a three-run triple. Ben Cohen followed with an RBI single for the Tigers' fourth run of the inning.

Ridgefield addd one run in the second inning and three more in the third to go ahead 8-2. Cullinan had a run-scoring single in the second and added a two-run double in the third.

Pastore's RBI single gave the Tigers a 9-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, and Brandon Grizzaffi contributed an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. Ridgefield's final run came on an error.

Pastore finished with three hits and four RBIs, while Cullinan had two hits and three RBIs.

Columbia added three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, and Cohen had two hits and drove in a run.

Cameron Andry, Matt Restivo and Thomas Gioffre had two hits apiece for Ridgefield, with Restivo and Gioffre each scoring two runs. Restivo also stole two bases.

Notes: McAnn surrendered the final Danbury run in the top of the seventh despite not allowing any hits. McAnn walked the first batter, who moved to second and third on groundouts before scoring on a wild pitch.