Darien drubs Wilton baseball team, 12-1

Through four innings, it was a close game.

But in the end, it wasn't.

Scoring four runs in the fifth inning and six more runs in the sixth inning, the Darien High baseball team routed Wilton, 12-1, in a meeting between two of the FCIAC's top teams on Monday afternoon in Darien.

With the victory, the Blue Wave remained unbeaten (13-0) in the FCIAC and improved to 13-2 overall. Wilton is now 12-3 overall and 10-3 in the conference.

Two unearned runs — on a variety of Wilton miscues — helped Darien build its early lead against Wilton starting pitcher J.T. Morin.

But the hosts soon pulled away by scoring 10 runs over two innings to open a 12-0 lead. Peter Archey supplied the big blast with a grand slam homer in the bottom of the sixth. Archie also had a two-run single to end the game with six RBIs.

Wilton got its only run in the top of the seventh. Jason Rothstein doubled and scored on Scott Shouvlin's RBI single.

But that was the only blemish for Darien pitcher Stephen Barton, who raised his record to 5-1 with the victory.

Morin (4-2) took the loss for the Warriors. Sean McEwen, Trevor Blond and Alex Ellenthal also pitched in relief for Wilton.

The Warriors entered the game battling Norwalk, New Canaan and Fairfield Warde for the second overall spot in the FCIAC standings. The top-eight teams at the end of the regular-season earn a home game in the conference quarterfinals.

Darien went into the contest with a 1.5-game lead over second-place Norwalk.