Baseball: O'Brien sharp again in 1-0 shutout of New Canaan

Glenn O'Brien pitched his third consecutive shutout — and his second of the week — to lead the Wilton High baseball team to a 1-0 walk-off victory over visiting New Canaan on Friday afternoon.

The Warriors improved to 10-8 overall and 7-7 in the FCIAC and remained in the running for one of the final spots in the eight-team conference playoffs, which begin next Friday. The Warriors conclude the regular season with games against Westhill on Monday and Norwalk on Wednesday.

O'Brien, who had shutout Brien McMahon, 5-0, on Monday, held New Canaan (6-11, 5-9 FCIAC) to four hits while walking one and striking out two. Both of his strikeouts came in the first inning.

Wilton scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the seventh off New Canaan pitcher Robbie Jones, who was also masterful throughout. O'Brien led off with a walk and went to second on Jack Dooley's line single, which was the Warriors' only hit against Jones. An intentional walk to Matt D'Elisa loaded the bases, and Jack DiNanno then drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch to force in O'Brien with the winning run.

Both teams had scoring chances in the sixth inning.

In the top of the sixth, Jones blasted a one-out triple for New Canaan. But O'Brien got the next batter on a hard comebacker to the mound (holding Jones at third on the play) and then retired the following batter on a line drive to right field.

In the bottom of the sixth, Brennen Ryan and Collin Kalal walked for the Warriors, and Dillon Lifrieri was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Henry Hovland then hit a long fly ball that New Canaan centerfielder Tom Reynolds tracked down and snagged with a diving catch to end the threat.