Top-ranked St. Joseph cools off Ridgefield
A winning streak that spanned five games and saw the Ridgefield High softball team average 12 runs per contest came to a screeching halt at the hands of an opponent nobody has beaten this campaign.
The red-hot Tigers were cooled off on Monday by unbeaten St. Joseph, the state's top-ranked team, losing 9-1 at Unity Park in Trumbull.
St. Joseph improved to 16-0 while Ridgefield dropped to 7-8 overall.
Trying to beat a Cadets team that seems to have improved after winning last year’s Class M state championship is no easy task under any circumstances. But head coach Lauren Greywacz didn’t think Ridgefield did itself any favors.
“I don’t think we came out with the intensity we have [had] the last couple of weeks,” said Greywacz, noting that her team made some costly errors. “They capitalized on [the errors] and we weren’t able to push runs across.”
The lone run the Tigers scored came in the sixth when, trailing 5-0, they got a two-out hit. Sabrina Grizzaffi reached on a St. Joseph error and Skylar Arent drove her home with a clean double to left.
Ridgefield had only three other baserunners all game: Grizzaffi led off the top of the first inning with a single; Arent drew a two-out walk in the first; and Alex Kinkead was hit by a pitch leading off the third.
Alyssa DeStefano and Arent split pitching duties for the Tigers, with DeStefano going the first three innings.
“Both came out and were really hitting their spots today,” said Greywacz.
St. Joseph scored a run in the second inning and cashed in on three hits and two errors to plate three more in the third.
A home run by Charlee Horton pushed the lead to 5-0 in the fifth. And after Ridgefield got its run in the top of the sixth, the Cadets broke the game open with a four-run rally in the bottom of the inning, stringing together hits and taking advantage of a Ridgefield error.
Greywacz is hoping the loss can help the Tigers improve.
“Playing good teams only makes you better,” she said. “That’s the great thing about playing in the FCIAC. You’re always facing good competition.”