This website is sponsored by Homerun Booster Club. Please use this web site to learn more about High School Baseball in Ridgefield and how you can share in the excitement of the 2014 Season.
Opening Day Remembrance
RHS paid tribute to the memory of Coach Wilmot on Wednesday April 9th with a moment of silence at Governor Park. His widow Kristina tossed out the first pitch and his daughter gave the audience a resounding play ball to start the 2014 Season.
Thanks to all the volunteers that helped make the Homerun Booster Club 2014 Kick Off Dinner such a great evening for the players. The success of the booster depends on volunteers and that is why we are hopeful that all of you will consider one of the many volunteer positions available.
Whenever other head coaches think their teams were hit hard by graduation they can consult Paul Fabbri.
“We lost a lot of everything,” said Fabbri, now entering his second season as head coach of the Ridgefield High baseball team. “We had 16 seniors last year, and they basically did all the playing.”
The numbers back that up. Last season’s seniors accounted for all but 35 of Ridgefield’s plate appearances and all but 5.2 innings pitched.
“We are starting from scratch,” said Fabbri, whose team went 16-7 last spring. “We lost every position player, our three primary starting pitchers, and our one significant relief pitcher.”
But despite the vast turnover, Fabbri is not yet ready to sign off on a rebuilding season.
“I think we can pitch well and field well,” he said. “The question will be how well we hit. If we do that, we could be OK.”
Ridgefield’s top starter looks to be senior Joey Ammirato, who pitched 4.1 innings in 2013 and had a 1.62 ERA in four appearances.
“We’re looking for a big year from Joey,” said Fabbri. “We think he can match up with the other best starting pitchers in the league.”
Senior Sam Sarath should also be part of the starting rotation, with senior Nick Manderlink and juniors Wright Lindgren, Matt Rapp and Adam Kelemen also in contention. Manderlink, who has a lively fastball, could become the team’s closer.
The infield includes senior captain Jack Brewster at third base, junior Liam Smith at shortstop, senior captain Jack Boscia at second base, and junior Craig Burke and Ammirato at first base.
Three players — senior Ben Peters and juniors Joe Coyle and Mason Siegel — are vying to be the starter at catcher, while seniors Colin Belardinelli, Michael Kim and Jeremy Gordon are the front-runners to start in the outfield, where junior Zach Fogg could also get playing time.
Last season, Ridgefield batted .336 as a team and averaged a shade over eight runs per game, scoring in double figures seven times.
“At some points we lived and died with our hitting,” said Fabbri. “We really hit the ball and produced runs.”
Brewster figures to be one of Ridgefield’s main offensive cogs this season. “He’s talented and has a little pop in his bat,” said Fabbri.
Another catalyst could be Smith, who will bat either first or second in the lineup. “Smitty can run and he can get on base,” said Fabbri. “We are going to rely on him a lot.”
But with so many first-year varsity starters, Fabbri isn’t sure exactly what to expect.
“Most of these guys were on the JV last year, and the JV had a good season,” he said. “We have some talent, it’s just matter of how they adjust to the varsity level, and how quickly they adjust.”
Dear RHS Baseball Fans, Alumni and Alumni Families,
We hope you and your families are having a wonderful holiday season and we wish you a Happy New Year. Our returning players are hard at work training twice a week as well as lifting weights. We are very excited and looking forward to winning the FCIAC Central Division for the fourth year in a row as well as making a run at the FCIAC and State Championships.
As a booster club we are tasked with supporting our teams and coaches. This fall we have purchased a net for the batting cage at the East Ridge MS field for the JV team’s use. The batting cage was missing the net for a number of years. We also had an expense to repair our sound system. These expenses have depleted our capital funds.
This off season we are looking at two additional initiatives that will support our program. We need funds to repair our Varsity Batting Cage. The coaches have also requested a small storage shed at the Varsity field to hold equipment and supplies that need to be moved back and forth from the HS because there is no secure place to store them at the field.
We are hoping that you could help us support these projects. Any donation would be most appreciated. We are in need of these funds by January/February time frame so we can have the shed in place and the batting cage repaired by March. Please make checks payable to: RHS Home Run Booster Club
Mail to: 14 South Shore Drive Ridgefield, CT 06877 GO TIGERS!!!!
RHS Home Run Baseball Booster Club Joe Coyle, President JR Burke, Vice President John Boscia, Treasurer Andy Kelemen, Secretary