A run-scoring single in the bottom of the seventh inning by Ridgefield ended the Greenwich baseball team’s five-game winning streak on Monday.
The Tigers, who faced a four-run deficit after 5 1/2 innings, posted a 7-6 comeback win over the visiting Cardinals. Greenwich’s record stands at 7-2, heading into Wednesday’s matchup against Staples.
“I told the guys when you go on a winning streak you think you are never going to lose, so this was a reality check for us,” Greenwich coach Adrian Arango said. “Sometimes you have to learn from a loss and I’m proud of the boys. I’m happy with how we competed. It was a well-played game.”
Senior leadoff hitter Luke D’Antonio drove in the game-winning run with a single for Ridgefield, which faced deficits of 4-1 and 6-2. The Cardinals scored one run in the second inning, three runs in the fourth and one run in the fifth and sixth innings.
Ridgefield scored a run in the first, one in the third and tied the score at 6-6 with a four-run sixth inning. Senior left fielder Jack Zola continued to swing a hot bat, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI for the Cardinals.
“Jack is locked in, the offense has been good and he has shouldered a big load,” Arango said. “He’s been getting the big hit and has been a huge spark for us.”
Third baseman Justin Zych was 2 for 4 with two RBI, while senior second baseman Auggie Bancroft had two hits and two RBI for Greenwich, which had 10 hits for the game. Outfielder Ryan Perez, a junior, had two hits, while senior catcher Felipe Echeto drove in a run for the Cardinals. Senior first baseman Cage Lasley had one hit and one run scored, while junior outfielder James Babb scored a pair of runs in the loss.
Senior right-hander Miles Langhorne started the game for Greenwich and allowed three hits and two earned runs in three innings.
“Miles three a lot of pitches in the third inning and it was only his second start of the season, so we didn’t want to push him,” Arango said.
For Ridgefield, D’Antonio delivered three hits, including the game-winning single and shortstop Matthew Bucciero was 2 for 3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Junior catcher Aidan Stern added a hit and two RBI in the winning effort. D’Antonio allowed five earned runs in five innings, before being relieved by John McLoughlin, who pitched one inning. Luke Barrientos pitched one inning of scoreless relief to earn the win.
“Ridgefield is the best hitting team we’ve seen,” Arango said. “They got a couple of very tough outs in their lineup, so a lot of credit goes to them. They swung the bats pretty well all day.”
Nathan Jones pitched three innings of relief for Greenwich, allowed four earned runs and Tommy Healey pitched the bottom of the seventh inning for the Cardinals. Greenwich is back in action Wednesday when it hosts FCIAC foe Staples at 4:30 p.m.