For more than four innings, Wednesday\u2019s softball game between Ridgefield and New Canaan was a nail-biter, with the Tigers clinging to a 1-0 lead with two outs in the home half of the fifth inning. Then the wheels came off for the Rams. New Canaan committed five of its eight errors in the inning, leading to a six-run outburst for the Tigers, who went on to a 7-1 win at Ridgefield High School. With the victory, Ridgefield improved to 7-9 on the season and 7-5 in the FCIAC. The Tigers moved to within one win of clinching a state postseason berth while also keeping their conference playoff hopes alive. \u201cWe\u2019re focusing on getting the win every single day,\u201d said Ridgefield head coach Lauren Greywacz. \u201cWe\u2019re not looking down the road, just the game that\u2019s at hand and trying to get the win.\u201d Ridgefield freshman pitcher Alyssa DeStefano had perhaps her best performance of the season, holding New Canaan to just four hits and two walks while striking out five to earn the win. \u201cAlyssa has been super solid for me,\u201d said Greywacz. \u201cShe\u2019s been working on consistently hitting her spots so that we can use some of her other pitches to have some fun with.\u201d Six different Tigers had a hit off New Canaan pitcher Gillian Kane, who did not allow an earned run in the contest, striking out nine batters and walking one in six innings. Eight of those strikeouts came in the first four innings, before the Tigers made the necessary adjustments at the plate to put the onus on New Canaan\u2019s defense. \u201cYou can\u2019t give any team \u2014 let alone a team that\u2019s in a playoff race \u2014 seven unearned runs,\u201d said New Canaan head coach Joel Geriak. \u201cWe\u2019re better than that. We have the best pitcher in the league in my opinion, but if you don\u2019t play defense behind her it makes it hard.\u201d After a scoreless first inning, the Tigers broke through in the bottom of the second. With two outs, catcher Claire Filaski reached on an error and stole second. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Filaski scored when Mikayla Melahn reached safely on a dropped third strike to give Ridgefield a 1-0 lead. New Canaan was poised to counter in the top of the third as Adriana Annese led off with a walk and moved to second on a groundout by Mary Haney. Lizzie Kuchinski was hit by a pitch to set up the Rams with runners on first and second with the top of the order coming up. But DeStefano was able to wiggle out of trouble, first getting a fielder\u2019s choice grounder for out number two. New Canaan\u2014with runners at the corners\u2014 then tried a delayed double steal. Ridgefield was prepared for it, as a designed cutoff throw-and-return between Filaski and shortstop Sabrina Grizzaffi caught Annese at home to end the threat. Both pitchers cruised through the third and fourth innings and into the fifth, when things unraveled for New Canaan. With one out, Grizzaffi reached on an error and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. \u00a0Mallory Shofi then beat out an infield single as Grizzaffi advanced to third. Grizzaffi came home with Ridgefield\u2019s second run on a passed ball, with Shofi moving to third. Skylar Arent followed with a grounder through New Canaan\u2019s defense to score Shofi, extending the Tigers' lead to 3-0. DeStefano moved Arent to second on a line drive single to center. Both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch before Makena Skrobar\u2019s grounder was misplayed, allowing Arent to score for a 4-0 Ridgefield lead. Two more New Canaan errors led to three additional runs for the Tigers. By the time the dust settled and the third out was finally recorded, the Tigers had a 7-0 lead after five innings. New Canaan scored its only run in the top of the sixth as Kara Fahey led off with a line drive single to center and came around to score on Emma Shullman\u2019s single to left. DeStefano was able to work out of further trouble, inducing a ground out and then a double play to end the inning. The young pitcher then set New Canaan down in order in the seventh to end the game.