Wilton LL All-Stars hit four homers, rout Darien American
During his team's practices and scrimmages, Glenn Walsh said a primary focus was hitting.
"We've been working the past two weeks on getting the bats to wake up," said Walsh, the head coach of the Wilton Little League's 11/12-year-old All-Star team. "It was a little bit of a concern."
After Sunday afternoon, maybe not as much.
Belting four home runs, Wilton routed Darien American, 11-1, in the opening game of the District 1 tournament for both teams at the Wilton YMCA's Bill Terry Field. The contest was stopped after four innings due to the 10-run rule.
"We came out raking the ball and didn't stop," said Walsh. "It was impressive."
Patrick Cummins supplied two home runs and Andrew Travers and Lewis Cropper each added one for Wilton. Cummins' two homers came on the only two swings he took during the game.
After Darien American took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Wilton tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Everett Andersen walked, went to second on a wild pitch, and later scored on Shane McCaghey's RBI fielder's choice.
Wilton went ahead to stay in the bottom of the second, as singles from Travers and John Walsh were followed by Cummins' three-run homer with two outs.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Cropper doubled for Wilton. Travers then launched a blast over the centerfield fence for a two-run homer and a 6-1 lead.
Five more runs came in the bottom of the fourth. Jaden Christl singled and scored on Cummins' second homer, a two-run shot, and Jordan Sayewitz then doubled and scored on an error, giving Wilton a 9-1 lead.
Cropper followed with another two-run homer that scored McCaghey and triggered the run rule, ending the game.
Sayewitz pitched all four innings for Wilton, allowing one run on just one hit with four strikeouts.
"It was a nice start for us," said Glenn Walsh. "Now we have a big game with Stamford North on Tuesday that will be a test."
Notes: Cummins also provided a defensive highlight with a sliding catch in centerfield in the top of the third inning.