Fairfield 15-year olds eliminated by Ridgefield
Coming from behind in the 2010 Connecticut Babe Ruth 15-Year Old State Championship finally caught up to the Fairfield team.
The squad fell behind 2-0, but drew even with Ridgefield in the fifth inning, but allowed two runs in the sixth and that was the difference as Fairfield was eliminated, 4-2 on Saturday at Kiwanis Field.
"They just had a little more offense than we did," Fairfield Head Coach Vic D'Ascenzo said.
Ridgefield beat Fairfield for the second time in the tournament the Ridgefielders won the opening game of the tourney, 6-0.
"I think in both games we came out flat," D'Ascenzo said. "Our bats were a little sleepy."
Tommy Howell allowed four runs and five hits over six innings, but got the loss for Fairfield. Alex Creta was 1-2 with an RBI and a run scored for Fairfield. First baseman and pitcher Victor D'Ascenzo was 1-2 for Fairfield, but the team could only generate four hits in the game.
Ridgefield got on the board in the first inning with a run, then added to its lead in the second with another single run. Howell allowed just two hits in the first four innings, but was behind 2-0.
"I give him a lot of credit," D'Ascenzo said of Howell. "He pitched deep into the game and pitched out of some jams. He had a lot of guys on base."
But Fairfield responded in the fourth when Creta led off the inning with a walk and stole second. D'Ascenzo singled him in and cut the advantage to 2-1.
Fairfield got even in the fifth when with one out, Anthony DiLeo singled then Charlie Meder followed with a single. Meder was out on Jamie Power's fielder's choice, but Power stole second to set up second and third with two outs.
Creta then singled home DiLeo, but Power was thrown out as he rounded third too far and was injured doing so, and could not get back to third in time before he was tagged out for the final out of the inning.
"When he slipped it was too late," D'Ascenzo said.
Ridgefield answered and won the game in the sixth, with two runs all with two outs. A single and a pair of doubles caused two runs to cross. Ridgefield's pitcher, Brad Rosenfield, got the final six outs in a row to advance.
"I give Ridgefield a lot of credit," D'Ascenzo said. "We took the momentum, and then they took it back."
Ridgefield advanced to the finals of the tournament with a win over Norwalk on Sunday. The team fell to eventual state-champion Stamford, 8-3, on Monday in the finals.
For the head coach, winning a pair of games and reaching the final four was a great step for his team.
"I was more proud of how they responded," D'Ascenzo said. "A lot of teams would have thrown in the towel and they didn't."