Morin pitches Wilton past Bears in FCIAC playoffs

Behind a masterful pitching performance from senior left-hander J.T. Morin, the Wilton High baseball team defeated Norwalk, 6-1, in an FCIAC quarterfinal game Tuesday in Norwalk.

The fifth-seeded Warriors will now play top-seed Darien in the conference semifinals tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport. The Blue Wave beat eighth-seed Stamford, 6-1, in another quarterfinal contest Tuesday.

Morin held fourth-seed Norwalk to one unearned run on eight hits, striking out 14 batters and walking three. He threw 137 pitches in his complete-game effort.

Paul Sorbo's RBI single in the top of the fourth inning gave Wilton a 1-0 lead. Alex Jacobson then delivered the game's big hit with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth to push the Warriors' lead to 4-1.

Morin, meanwhile, was keeping the Bears at bay. Norwalk had runners at second and third in each of the first three innings but could not get a run home, as Morin came up with key strikeouts. Through the first four innings, Norwalk stranded seven runners and Morin had 11 strikeouts.

The Bears finally broke through with their only run in the bottom of the sixth. The run was unearned due to an outfield throwing error. Morin then  picked off a runner at first base to prevent any further damage.

But Wilton got that run back and added another in the top of the seventh to open a 6-1 lead. That was more than enough of a cushion for Morin, who kept Norwalk scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to end the game and send the Warriors to the semis.

Notes: In other quarterfinal games Tuesday, Staples defeated Fairfield Warde, 3-0, and Trinity Catholic topped New Canaan, 3-1.