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Ridgefield Falls In District 1 Baseball Playoff

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Ridgefield National was anxious to see how it matched up against Wilton in the semifinals of the District 1 Little League tournament Tuesday at Scalzi Park in Stamford. Unfortunately for the Ridgefield squad, Wilton was as good as advertised.

Wilton scored 10 runs in the first inning and went on to eliminate the Nationals, 20-3. The game ended after four innings due to the mercy rule. A game ends when a team gets ahead by 10 or more runs by the fourth.

Ridgefield, like every other team in the tournament, could not handle Wilton’s powerful attack. Wilton launched five home runs, including two by Dillon Lifrieri, had 20 hits and scored in every inning. It was Wilton’s sixth straight win by 10 or more runs in the tournament.

“We have a  good team, but we ran into a great team,’’ Ridgefield National manager John Macchia said. “They’re a great hitting team, and their pitcher was lights out. There was nothing we could’ve done.”

Lifrieri’s three-run home run ignited Wilton’s first inning. Collin Kahal followed with a solo shot, and the first eight batters reached base and scored.

Ridgefield had three hits, including an RBI double by Peter Darnow and an RBI groundout by J.T. Papa. Ridgefield trailed 14-0 at one point.

“My players weren’t intimidated at all,’’ Macchia said “They love to play the game. They know they’re a good ballclub. They just got beat tonight.”

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