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.
RIDGEFIELD — Ben Cohen had the same questions about the Ridgefield pitching staff as everyone else two and a half months ago.
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.”
WESTPORT — Matt Stone is not underrated but he definitely has been overshadowed this spring. The Staples catcher has often been lost in the glare from the pitching staff he handles, his best offensive games too often becoming secondary storylines.
STAMFORD — Perhaps no high school baseball team in the state is so public about its emphasis on pitching and defense than Darien. Boring baseball is how Mike Scott, the Blue Wave’s coach, refers to it. The foundation of championships, he stresses, are built on the art of not allowing runs.
STAMFORD — How do you shut down a team averaging 12 runs a game in its wins?
For Darien’s Justin Jordan in tonight’s FCIAC semifinal against Fairfield Ludlowe, it was a matter of executing and winning the chess match.
DARIEN – The way Darien’s Henry Williams and Trumbull’s Ben Fero were throwing the baseball today, it was quite easy to predict the final score of this FCIAC quarterfinal playoff game.
Following the pattern of the week, the final game of the regular season, between Greenwich and Danbury, was postponed. It will hopefully get played tomorrow at 1 at Brien McMahon, which has a turf field.