RIDGEFIELD, Conn. With temperatures still in the 90s in the evening, Thursdays Senior Legion showdown for first place quickly became a meltdown for Ridgefield Legion Post 78.
Tied with Greenwich for the top spot in Conn. Zone Four, Ridgefield had no answer for the Cannons starter, Harry Polak. Greenwich also exploded for 13 hits, as Ridgefield fell in the sweltering heat, 8-1.
I think we just couldn't beat the heat today, Ridgefield manager Tim Forcelli said. It was the first game we've had that was this hot and I think the other team was pretty flat too.
Greenwich quickly jumped on Ridgefield starting pitcher Daniel Greenberg, scoring all the runs the Cannons would need in the top of the first. Greenberg struggled through 3 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs.
Ridgefield collected eight hits on the evening, but it could not cash in on some of its scoring opportunities. Post 78 stranded nine runners on base, including five in scoring position.
John Olszewski and Adam Zandri each finished 2-for-4 from the top two spots in the lineup, respectively. However, Ridgefields six-through-nine hitters went a collective 1-for-11 for the game, sinking its offensive chances.
Greenwichs Cameron Fennell pestered Ridgefield all evening, collecting four of his teams 13 hits. Three other Greenwich players also had a multi-hit game.
We just didn't hit today, Forcelli said. We made their pitcher look a lot better than he was, though. We've got one more against them and hopefully we can pick that up.
Ridgefield (8-3) faces another tough task Saturday when it takes on Norwalk in a doubleheader. Game one is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Norwalk City Hall Field.
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