Wilton LL team splits pair, makes district playoffs

After hitting six home runs in a 15-3 rout of Darien National on Saturday, the Wilton Little League 11/12-year-old All-Stars were held to two hits in an 11-1 loss to Ridgefield on Sunday.

Despite the defeat, Wilton (2-2 in its four pool-play games) was able to finish fourth in the overall standings and earn one of the six berths in the double-elimination playoffs.

Wilton will now play Stamford National (2-2) in an opening-round game Thursday at Scalzi Park in Stamford at 7:30. The winner faces top-seed Stamford North (4-0) on Friday at a time and site to be determined. Stamford North and fellow unbeaten Ridgefield (4-0) received first-round byes.

On Sunday, Ridgefield staggered Wilton with a seven-run rally in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Hanna led off with a bunt single and Diego Pepe walked, with both runners moving up a base on Johnny Briody’s line-drive single off the centerfield fence. Jason Hartnett followed with a two-run single, and Liam Bohrer then blasted a three-run homer to give Ridgefield a 5-0 lead.

Jake Bongo kept the surge going with a double, which preceded Jack Bohrer’s two-run homer and a 7-0 Ridgefield advantage.

Wilton scored its only run in the top of the fourth inning. On a delayed double steal, Wilton's Lewis Cropper (who had singled and advanced to third base) was able to beat the throw home from the Ridgefield shortstop.

But Ridgefield then ended the game with a four-run uprising in the bottom of the fourth. Colin LaCoille (single) and Luke Barrientos (reached on error) were aboard for Briody’s three-run homer that extended Ridgefield’s lead to 10-1. Singles from Liam Bohrer and C.J. Stafford were followed by Andrew Forsyth’s RBI single, which triggered the 10-run rule and ended the game.

Jack Bohrer pitched all four innings for Ridgefield, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

In addition to Cropper's single, Shane McCaghey had a double for Wilton.

The day before, Wilton erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Darien National, 15-3, at McGuane Field in Darien.

Wilton hit three of its six home runs in the bottom of the fifth, getting a solo homer from Mikey Roberts, a grand slam from Cropper, and finally a three-run blast from Jordan Sayewitz, which invoked the run rule and ended the game.

A two-run homer from John McMahon and solo shots from John Walsh and Patrick Cummins helped Wilton build a 5-1 lead through four innings. Darien National got a two-run homer in the top of the fifth to pull within 5-3, but Wilton then put together its game-ending, 10-run outburst in the bottom of the inning.

Sayewitz started for Wilton and pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Cummins came on in relief with two runners on base in the top of the fifth and got a strikeout to retire the side.