RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield’s Matt DeLuca made the rise last year to premier starting pitcher. Behind Alex Price, he gave the Tigers two aces, a key to their tying for the FCIAC regular-season title and getting to the Class LL championship game, where he got the start and lost a tough 1-0 decision to Cheshire on a run in the seventh inning.
DeLuca was on the right side of a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Newtown.
DeLuca was also a key sub on the school’s basketball team, which in February won its second straight league title in three years.
TRR: How hard was it throwing a shutout into the 7th inning of last year’s state final with Cheshire and then suffering a 1-0 loss?
MD: That was tough last year. That was a really good team we played. The guys played their hearts out. Hopefully we’ll be back this year.
TRR: Basketball season runs into baseball practice. How difficult is the transition?
MD: It’s kind of difficult since we were going so far in FCIACs. I was trying to get my bullpens in right after practices but I was able to manage it.
TRR: What do you remember most from the FCIAC championship basketball win over Danbury?
MD: I remember almost getting dunked on by (Danbury’s) Denali (Burton).
TRR: There are so many good No. 1 pitchers in the FCIAC right now. If you could pick one to start against who would it be and why?
MD: Probably (Staples’) Chad Knight. He’s Chad Knight and you want to beat the best.
TRR: What is the best television show you’ve ever binge-watched?
MD: I have to think about this. I’d probably go The Walking Dead. But not lately though. The episodes right now are not so good but the first few seasons were great.