Wilton Junior Legion team prevails in state opener (updated)

The Wilton Junior American Legion 17U baseball team advanced to the second round of the state tournament with a 2-1 victory over Hamden on Saturday in Wilton.

Wilton, the eighth seed, will now meet 16th-seed Westbrook in a Southern Division second-round contest on Sunday at 1 at Wilton High. Westbrook edged ninth-seed Oakville, 3-2, in another opening-round game Saturday.

On Saturday, Wilton got a strong pitching effort from Colin Kahal, who allowed just one unearned run in his complete-game performance. Kahal finished with seven strikeouts and threw 20 first-pitch strikes.

Hamden took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Wilton answered in the bottom of the inning, tying the game on Matt D'Elisa's RBI.

The score stayed 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth, when Wilton's Ryan Osgood led off with a double and scored on Kahal's RBI. Kahal then kept Hamden scoreless in the top of the seventh to close out the victory.

Michael Tienken was the defensive star for Wilton with two spectacular plays at third base.

Notes: The winner of the Wilton-Westbrook game moves on to play fourth-seed Trumbull on Monday at 4 at Trumbull High School. Trumbull received first- and second-round byes.

The team that wins Monday's game advances to the regional tournament in Bethel next Wednesday.