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Thursday, May 25 Sports

Ridgefield softball earns crucial win over New Canaan

NEW CANAAN — Monday afternoon’s Ridgefield-New Canaan softball game was a de facto playoff game for both teams. And both played as if it was.

In the end it was Ridgefield, which scored a run in each of the last three innings, that prevailed, 4-2, at Waveny Park, keeping its FCIAC playoff hopes alive for another day.

“Coming into it, we knew it was the game we had to win,” Ridgefield coach Lauren Greywacz said. “Our girls rise to the occasion when they know they have to. We like making sure the ball stays in our court and they excel at that.”

Ridgefield (11-8, 9-6 FCIAC) drew first blood in the third on Kailey Westington’s RBI triple to right, but New Canaan came right back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Molly Rochlin RBI triple followed by Sophia Welch’s single.

“With Molly, and with any batter, it’s confidence,” New Canaan coach Danielle Simoneau said of her second baseman’s recent success. “When she’s confident, she does well, and lately she’s been enjoying her senior year and enjoying the time on the field. When she’s not thinking about hitting, you get results.”

Kendall Rogoff singled in a run for the Tigers in the fifth, Ryen Fujitani added an RBI single in the sixth and Sydnie DeMarco rounded out the scoring with a base hit of her own in the seventh.

New Canaan (10-8, 8-7) loaded the bases twice with one out — in the fourth and seventh — but was unable to bring a run home either time.

“Those are game-changers,” Greywacz said. “You have to get out of those high-intensity situations. It switches the momentum toward us and it brings them down a little bit, so it completely changes the attitude more than anything.”

Down two in the seventh with the top of their lineup coming up, New Canaan got singles from Gillian Kane and Kara Fahey. After a Rachel Keshin foul-out, Molly Keshin drew a walk, loading the bases with Rochlin up and giving Westington no room to make a mistake in the circle.

The senior right-hander struck out Rochlin and induced a pop out from Welch to end the threat, and the game.

“I just had to stay focused,” Westington said. “One of their best hitters came up, so I just had to hit my spots and keep it off the plate because they’re good hitters.

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Kailey Westington, Ridgefield. The senior pitcher allowed two runs and struck out eight, while twice working out of bases-loaded, one-out jams. At the plate, Westington went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

GOING THE OTHER WAY

Whether attributed to approach, coincidence or the hearty wind blowing from left to right, each of the six total runs scored were produced by a right-handed hitter driving the ball to right field.

LOGJAM

With one game left, three teams are battling for one FCIAC playoff spot.

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After winning Monday, Ridgefield can get in with a victory over Fairfield Warde on Wednesday. If Warde were to win, coupled with a New Canaan loss to Westhill on Tuesday, it would be the Mustangs claiming the last spot.

The Rams can throw a wrench into the process if they defeat Westhill, and Warde emerges victorious, creating a three-way tie resulting in a tie-breaker based on power points.

RIDGEFIELD 4, NEW CANAAN 2

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NEW CANAAN 000 200 0—2 8 1

Records: Ridgefield: 11-8, 9-6 FCIAC; New Canaan 10-8, 8-7. Batteries: R—Kailey Westington (W) and Kendall Rogoff; NC—Gillian Kane (L) and Molly Keshin.

Anthony E. Parelli|Sports Writer, Sports Editor

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