Scoring all of its runs in the final three innings, the Wilton Little League 10U All-Star team earned a spot in the state sectionals. Needing a win to advance, Wilton rallied for a 5-4 triumph over host Darien in the championship game of the District 1 tournament last Friday night. The victory came in a winner-take-all game following Darien\u2019s 10-0 rout of Wilton last Wednesday. That result left both teams with one loss in the double-elimination playoff round. \u201cTo bounce back and win at their age after losing 10-0 to the same team two days before says a lot about their resiliency,\u201d Wilton manager Peter Baird said of his players. \u201cThey didn\u2019t lose their focus.\u201d By winning the district title, Wilton advanced to the state sectionals, dropping its opening game to District 4 champion Max Sinoway (North Haven) by a score of 3-0 on Tuesday night in North Branford. District 2 champ Fairfield American is also in the three-team sectional, which is played in a double-elimination format. The sectional winner moves on to the state tournament. In Friday\u2019s game, Wilton spotted Darien a 3-0 lead before beginning its comeback on Greg Bocchino\u2019s RBI single in the top of the fourth inning. Wilton then tied the score with two runs in the top of the fifth. Charlie Cretella singled and went to third on Colton Smith\u2019s double, and both runners came home when Denny Dustin followed with a line-drive single to right field. \u201cDenny had been in a slump, but he came through with a huge hit,\u201d Baird said. \u201cThat was a really clutch moment.\u201d After Darien stranded runners on second and third in the bottom of the fifth, Wilton went ahead in the top of the sixth. Bocchino doubled to left with one out and went to third when Peter Baird Jr. (the manager\u2019s son) reached on an error. Gavin Toohill\u2019s single brought in Bocchino, and Baird Jr. scored on Cretella\u2019s sacrfice fly to give Wilton a 5-3 lead. Down to its final at-bat, Darien looked well positioned to either tie the game or get a walk-off win. A single and two errors scored a run and left Darien trailing 5-4 with no outs in the bottom of the sixth. Following a stolen base, Darien had runners on second and third with no outs, prompting Wilton\u2019s mananger to confer with pitcher Anthony Palumbo and the rest of his players. \u201cI told them that they still were the ones with the one-run lead,\u201d said Peter Baird. \u201cI wanted them to settle down and not think about the previous plays ... just focus on getting the next batters out.\u201d Palumbo got a strikeout and then caught a pop-up back to the mound. He then induced a ground ball to second baseman Toohill, who threw to first for the game-ending out. \u201cWe have been preaching resiliency and not dwelling on mistakes,\u201d said Peter Baird. \u201cThe players showed that resiliency when they needed it most.\u201d Notes: Palumbo pitched the final one and two-thirds innings to get the win in relief of Smith, who started and went four and one-third innings. Bocchino and Dustin each had two hits for Wilton. Cretella, Smith, and Toohill added one hit apiece. Wilton finished the District 1 tournament with a 5-2 record, outscoring its opponents by a combined 54-23. In addition to the players mentioned above, Wilton\u2019s roster also includes Casey Meyer, Gavin Levenherz, Keegan Kazan, Jeffrey Fox, Ethan Driscoll, and Mario Coppola.