Wilton's junior Legion baseball team off to impressive start
Powered by strong starts, two Connecticut American Legion junior baseball teams have sprung to the top of the Zone 4 standings. And one of them is Wilton.
The Post 86 team has won nine of its first 10 games, and that 9-1 record has Wilton tied with Stamford Post 3 (10-2) for first place though games played Friday.
Pitching has been a power point for Wilton, which has yielded just 15 runs in its first 10 games, including four shutouts. The team's only blemish so far was a 2-1 setback to Bridgeport on June 20.
Since then, Wilton has won four straight games, beating Bridgeport twice and sweeping a two-game series from Ridgefield.
Post 86's most recent win was a 9-0 triumph over Ridgefield on Thursday. Ryan Gabriele and Brandon Zheng combined on the shutout, with Gabriele getting the start and pitching six scoreless innings.
The day before, Ben Rusin, Cole Lipsky and Billy Black held Ridgefield to one run in a 4-1 Wilton victory.
In addition to those players, Wilton has also received stellar pitching from Matt D'Elisa, Scott Derene, Drew Floyd, Henry Hovland, and Kiernan Ursone.
Wilton's roster also includes Zach Adams, Jack DiNanno, Ian Filaski, Jack Gioffre, Ryan Osgood, Jack Stevenson, and Michael Tienken.
Post 86 will now enter the most challenging portion of its regular season, with six of its next seven games against fourth-place Greenwich (7-4) and Stamford. Wilton is scheduled to play Greenwich in a doubleheader today and a single game on Sunday. Post 86 then plays a make-up contest against Fairfield on Monday ahead of its three-game showdown series with Stamford, which starts next Tuesday.