Errors costs Westport Senior Legion, despite Kopack's effort
Westport Senior Legion starting pitcher Jimmy Kopack can blame his fielders for a 4-3 home loss to Ridgefield Sunday in eight innings.
The right-handed Kopack pitched a complete game, which Ridgefield won by scoring an unearned run in the top of the eigth inning.
Westport coach Wayne Randazzo wasn't pleased with his team's fielding.
"Errors," Randazzo said. "Five errors in the last three innings."
Ridgefield raised its record to 10-4. Westport dropped to 2-10.
"We are roughly averaging two runs a game, so to give extra outs to the other team, we aren't benefitting from that," Randazzo said.
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Randazzo often emphasizes the importance of the fundamentals to his players, telling them that he does not need flashy plays.
"Let's do the small things the right way," Randazzo said.
Kopack suggested that the team might also need to work on offense.
"It's looks like we just need those timely hits," Kopack said.
The game was largely uneventful until the top of the third, when a line drive from a Ridgefield bat to right-center drove in the first run. Westport quickly struck back in the bottom of the inning, when a sacrifice grounder from Kopack plated Matt Smith.
A Ridgefield walk with the bases loaded and a sacrifice grounder made it 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning.
No runs would be scored until the extra eighth inning, when a Ridgefield runner crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly after reaching first base on an error.
In the end, Westport wasn't able to keep the game going.
As far as strategy for future games goes, Kopack has a simple outline.
"Minimal errors, make the plays, clutch hits and we will be in any game this year," Kopack said.