MIDDLETOWN — Paul Fabbri has spent the whole season squeezing every last drop of effort out of pitcher Matt DeLuca. The coach’s reliance on the strong sophomore certainly played an integral part in getting the Ridgefield baseball team into the state championship game for the first time in school history.
WATERBURY — It was a painfully long wait for the Ridgefield baseball program to get the chance to play in its first state championship game. Something like, oh … forever. So it only figured that the wait would be drawn out even longer with the Tigers one win away in tonight’s Class LL semifinal against Amity.
CHESHIRE — Staples pitcher Chad Knight delivered about as insightful a postgame comment today as one will ever hear from a losing player:
“Winning is only made special if you lose once in a while,” Knight said after the Wreckers’ season ended with a 4-3 Class LL quarterfinal loss to Cheshire. “Losing humbles you, and it makes you appreciate winning.”