Baseball: Wilton sends Hand to first loss, 7-6
The Wilton High baseball team scored seven runs in the first three innings and held on for a wild 7-6 win at Daniel Hand on Monday in Madison.
The Warriors are now 8-2 while the Tigers suffered their first loss, dropping to 9-1. It was Wilton’s second win over a previously unbeaten team this season.
Jack DiNanno and Dillon Lifrieri both hit two-run homers to lead the Wilton offense.
Ethan Leinberger got the win for Wilton.
The Warriors scored two runs in the top of the first on DiNanno’s two-run shot, and two more in the second on Lifrieri’s two-run homer.
Wilton plated three runs in the third, taking advantage of two Hand errors.
Hand got on the board in the third as Ed Sweeney homered and Jake Crawford drove in a run with a single.
The Tigers made it 7-5 in the fourth with three runs, highlighted by another Sweeney home run. Lifrieri at shortstop was able to turn a 6-3 double play to limit the rally.
Leinberger pitched a scoreless fifth, but in the sixth Hand got a lead-off walk and scored on a sac fly by Sweeney to make it 7-6.
After Julian Banerji hit a lead-off double in the top of the seventh for Hand, Lifrieri came in to relieve Kyle Phillips. A flyball out moved the tying run to third with one out but Lifrieri struck out the final two hitters to get the save.
Lifrieri for the day was 2-for-3 with a homer, two walks, a sac fly, three RBI and run scored.
Spencer Oliver was the losing pitcher.