RIDGEFIELD — After suffering its first defeat of the season two days earlier, the Ridgefield baseball team was looking for a solid, bounce-back performance when it welcomed Ludlowe to the Old High School Field on Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers got exactly what they needed.

A dominant, complete-game pitching effort by tall left-hander Alex Price — on a cold, rainy day perhaps better suited for throwing snowballs instead of baseballs — along with some timely hitting lifted the Tigers to a 6-1 victory.

“We pitched well today, we fielded well today and we hit well today, so it was just a complete game bouncing back after a loss,” said Price, who struck out six, walked none and scattered six singles. “This definitely gives us a lot of confidence moving forward.”

Ridgefield had won its first six games to start the season, then mustered only one hit in a 5-1 loss to Danbury on Monday. In Wednesday’s victory, the Tigers smacked seven hits and drew four walks, with three of those walked batters coming around to score.

“I was happy with the way we swung the bats, but most of that game was Alex,” Ridgefield coach Paul Fabbri said. “These weren’t favorable conditions. It was cold, it was rainy, it was a little slippery out there, and Alex didn’t let any of that affect him. He was mentally tough out there.”

Ludlowe, meanwhile, has endured a bit of an up-and-down seasonr, having won its first five games and lost its next three. The Falcons also lost to Danbury and Greenwich.

“We’ve lost a few guys to injury, but our young guys and our bullpen have been picking us up and keeping us in ballgames,” Ludlowe coach Mike Francese said. “Right now, we’re not scoring enough runs, obviously, and we’re facing good pitching. We just have to put some runs together and get back to playing winning baseball.”

Ridgefield broke the ice with a two-out rally in the second, as Anthony Macchia drew a walk, John Thrasher laced a ground-rule double down the left-field line and Dan Igtanowich drove them both in with a line-drive single to right field.

The Tigers added a run in the third to make it 3-0, as Colin Motil drew a lead-off walk and scored on Matt Colin’s single to left.

Ridgefield broke the game open a bit with three more runs in the fourth. Walks to Macchia and Ignatowich put runners on first and second with one out, and Quinn McDonald clubbed a two-tun triple to right-center field. A two-out single by Colin plated McDonald to make it 6-0.

Ludlowe came back with a run in the fifth. Conner Devaney and Ryan Devaney led off with back-to-back singles. With one out and the Devaneys on second and third, Matt Landry drove a towering shot to deep center field. Thrasher made a sensational running catch to help extinguish what could have been a big inning for Ludlowe. Conner Devaney tagged up and scored from third on the play, but Price got the next batter to ground out to end the inning without any further damage.



LUDLOWE000 010 0 — 1 6 2

RIDGEFIELD021 300 x — 6 7 0

Records: Ludlowe 5-3, 2-3 FCIAC; Ridgefield 7-1, 4-1 FCIAC. Batteries: L—Matt Grabowski (L), Sam Meyers (4), Chris Benton (6) and Vince Camera; R—Alex Price (W, 3-0) and Ben Cohen. SO: Grabowski 2; Price 6. BB: Grabowski 4. 2B: John Thrasher (R). 3B: Quinn McDonald (R). RBI: L—Matt Landry; R—Dan Ignatowich 2, McDonald 2, Matt Colin 2.