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Ridgefield baseball beats Stamford

Published 12:09 am, Tuesday, April 22, 2014

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  • Ridgefield's Zachary Fogg beats the throw home to Stamford catcher Tyler Serrichio during their baseball game at Stamford High School in Stamford, Conn., on Monday, April 21, 2014. Ridgefield won, 7-4. Photo: Jason Rearick / Stamford Advocate
    Ridgefield's Zachary Fogg beats the throw home to Stamford catcher Tyler Serrichio during their baseball game at Stamford High School in Stamford, Conn., on Monday, April 21, 2014. Ridgefield won, 7-4. Photo: Jason Rearick

 

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STAMFORD -- The Ridgefield and Stamford baseball teams took turns with the lead through the first three innings until the Tigers were able to put four on the board in the fourth, giving them some breathing room.

The Tigers (3-4, 3-2 FCIAC) churned out four hits in the fourth, scoring four runs, with Jack Boscia and Wright Lindgren each coming through with two-run hits, leading Ridgefield to a 7-4 win in Stamford.

Boscia was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, but it was his two-run single to center in the fourth which put his team ahead to stay.

Boscia said the Tigers' approach was to be patient facing Stamford starter Dan Robushi as he mixed arcing breaking balls in with his fastballs.

"We were able to get deeper in the counts and we started going with the pitches," Boscia said. "He had kind of loopy off-speed pitches, so we were trying to stay back a little more and just go with it."

Lindgren was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run, Jeremy Gordon went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Liam Smith went 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Ridgefield.

Robushi went the distance, allowing 11 hits. He settled down after the fourth, allowing just one more run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Sam Sareth that plated Lindgren, who led off with a single.

Stamford coach Fred Kelley said Robushi threw well, but Ridgefield was able to capitalize on a few mistake pitches with the count in Stamford's favor.

"I thought Danny Robushi pitched a great game," Kelley said. "Ridgefield is a good hitting team, but we got them 0-2 or 1-2 and (Robushi) gave them a few pitches that were a little fat and that kind of hurt him a little bit.

"I was very proud of him. He battled and he pitched his tail off, but I wish we could bring those pitches back."

Robushi's counterpart, Joe Ammirato, was just a little better this day, giving up just four hits and striking out six in picking up the complete-game victory.

Ammirato was able to get 1-2-3 innings in the fifth and sixth, making adjustments to his delivery that made all the difference, according to his coach.

"We have been waiting for that from him," Ridgefield coach Paul Fabbri said. "He made some adjustments and got through it. We had a defensive lapse, which we kind of do from time to time, and his walks hurt him a little. Once he found himself later in the game, he carried us to the finish line and if we are going got be successful, he needs to do that."

For Stamford (2-4. 1-3 FCIAC), Tyler Serrichio was on base twice with a run scored, James Gronberg drove in three runs while going 2-for-3 with a walk, and Kenny Wright walked three times and scored a run.

Ridgefield took a 1-0 lead in the first when a pick-off throw to first by the catcher with the bases loaded allowed Boscia to run home from third.

The Tigers went up 2-0 in the second when Gordon singled in Smith.

Stamford got one back in the second when Jack Rakoczy scored from first on a sacrifice bunt by Mike White. Rakoczy raced for third as the throw went to first and went home when the throw to third went out of play.

Stamford took a 3-2 lead in the third when Gronberg singled in Serrichio and Wright.

The lead would not hold as Ridgefield sent nine men to the plate in the fourth, scoring four runs.

The Tigers added one in the seventh and Stamford scored one of their own in the bottom of the seventh.

However, the Black Knights would not be able to pull the comeback, leaving two on with the tying run at the plate in the inning.

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

Ridgefield 7, Stamford 4

RIDGEFIELD 110 400 1 -- 7 11 1

STAMFORD 012 000 1 ­-- 4 4 0

Records: R--2-4, 3-2 FCIAC; S--2-4, 1-3 FCIAC

Batteries: R--Joe Ammirato (W) and Mason Seigel; S--Dan Robushi (L) and Tyler Serrichio

Doubles: R--Wright Lindgren; S--Serrichio

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