Ridgefield baseball team snaps New Canaan's win streak at six
Published 10:09 pm, Friday, April 26, 2013
RIDGEFIELD -- The Ridgefield High baseball team must have thought the New Canaan Rams were hungry in the sixth inning because they served Sammon for dinner.
Phillip Sammon, that is.
The senior left fielder hit a towering three-run home run in the sixth inning as part of a two-hit, two-run, three-RBI night in the Tigers' 9-7 victory at Old High School Field, snapping New Canaan's six-game winning streak.
"I was just looking for a good pitch to hit," Sammon said. "I was looking for something inside and he gave it to me belt-high and I just took it to left."
Sammon's home run was the first of his high school career. The blast put the Tigers up 9-3 and proved to be crucial insurance when the Rams scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning in a comeback effort.
"I'm just amazed at how much we battle and take every at-bat seriously," said Ridgefield coach Paul Fabbri. "Even when we're up late we take our at-bats seriously, like Phil did and hit that three-run homer and it turns out to be the difference of the game."
The moonshot seemingly put the game on ice, but the Rams made things interesting in the seventh. New Canaan's Casey Oullette reached first on an error and Andrew Casali hit a home run of his own to cut the Ridgefield lead to 9-5. Following Casali's homer, a Nick Cascione two-run triple made it a 9-7 game, bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Ridgefield's Devin Martin successfully retired Henry Lavieri to end the game and give Ridgefield its fourth consecutive win.
"Great effort," said New Canaan coach Mitch Hoffman. "They're not going to die. We will take this as a learning experience."
The game was a pitching duel for the first 3ï»¿1/2 innings, before the Tigers broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run fourth inning led by a pair of two-run doubles by Ryan Debany and Adam Zandri off New Canaan starting pitcher James Guisti.
For the Tigers, winning pitcher Chip Papa had a solid outing, pitching four innings, scattering six hits, allowing one run, and striking out two.
"I think he was great," said Fabbri. "I don't know if he had his best stuff out there, but he battled and kept us in the game. We knew we had a full bullpen today so we asked him to give us four. He was tough and that's what a senior does."
Ridgefield 9, New Canaan 7
NEW CANAAN 010 002 4 -- 7 15 1
RIDGEFIELD 010 503 x -- 9 12 1
Batteries: NC--David Guisti (L), Jeff Chen (4), Alex Lapolice (5), Luke Montgomery (6) and Casey Oullette. R--Chip Papa (W), Nick Manderlin (5), Colin Virag (6), Devin Martin (S, 7) and Colin O'Meara.
2B: Ryan Debany (R), Adam Zandri (R). 3B: Nick Cascione (NC). HR: Andrew Casali (NC); Phillip Sammon (R).