Ridgefield tops Greenwich in softball slugfest
There was no shortage of offense in Thursday’s FCIAC softball game between Ridgefield and Greenwich, as the squads combined for 23 runs, 27 hits, and five home runs.
But the duo of Skylar Arent and Julia Clavi made sure Ridgefield had more of an offensive spark.
Arent, a sophomore, went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run and four RBIs, while Clavi had four hits in five at-bats and homered in Ridgefield’s impressive 15-8 win over host Greenwich.
“We are swinging the bats really well lately,” Arent said. “Our entire lineup hit the ball well today and we hope it continues.”
For Greenwich (6-4), Charli Faugno hit a three-run home run and Emma Beinstein smashed a solo homer. The Cardinals lost three straight games this week, after starting the season 6-1. Six errors hurt the Cardinals on Thursday against the Tigers.
Arent set the game's tone in the first inning. She hit a Sophia Prieto fastball over the fence for a two-run homer, giving Ridgefield a 2-0 lead.
“The first pitch was inside, then I got my pitch and I was able to get a good swing on it,” Arent said of her home run.
Beinstein cut Ridgefield’s lead to 2-1 with a home run by hitting an Alyssa DeStefano pitch over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the second.
Prieto retired Ridgefield in order in the second inning, but a pivotal six-run third inning put the Tigers on top, 8-1. Sabrina Grizzaffi tripled and scored on Clavi’s single to left field, making it 3-1. Lauren Bayer delivered a two-run single off Prieto later in the inning, and Sarina Sheth brought two more runs home with a single. Two Greenwich errors aided Ridgefield’s third-inning rally.
Run-scoring singles from Arent and Makena Skrobar put Greenwich in a 10-1 hole in the fourth inning.
“Today, we just swung the bats well, everyone was getting good at-bats,” Arent said. “Their pitcher was throwing hard, but you have to go up there and make adjustments.”
Greenwich closed within 10-4 when Faugno hit a three-run home run off DeStefano in the fourth inning, after Beinstein and Katie Walko each singled.
After Ridgefield added an unearned run in the fifth inning, making it 11-4, the Cards cut their deficit to 11-7 on an RBI singles from Julie Gambino, Walko, and Kelly Brogan. Arent, a left-hander, pitched part of the fifth inning before DeStefano was re-inserted and took over the pitching responsibilities.
Skrobar hit a sacrifice fly and Bayer smashed a home run, keying a three-run sixth inning for Ridgefield. Clavi capped her big game with a homer in the seventh inning.
Michelle Morganti had an RBI single in the seventh inning for Greenwich, which finished with 12 hits, while the Tigers pounded out 15.
Ridgefield began its season with one victory in its first seven games, but Thursday marked the second triumph in three games for the Tigers (3-7).
“If we come out each game, execute, and stay focused, we can start putting some wins together,” Ridgefield assistant coach Ernie Greywacz said.