Rusin pitches Wilton past Brookfield in opener

If Tuesday's season opener is a harbinger, then the Wilton High baseball team won't have to worry about replacing all the pitching it lost to graduation.

Ben Rusin pitched six and one-third scoreless innings as the Warriors began the year with a 3-0 non-conference win over Brookfield at Wilton's varsity field.

Rusin allowed six hits while striking out 10 batters and walking one. Billy Black came on in the top of the seventh to get the final two outs and finish the shutout.

Wilton, which was held to four hits, took a a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Drew Connolly reached on an error. Collin Kahal followed with an RBI double to get the Warriors on the scoreboard. Kahal then scored from second on a wild pitch, as the Brookfield catcher could not immediately locate the ball.

Wilton added its final run in the bottom of the sixth. Henry Strmecki singled with one out and scored on Dillon Lifrieri's double, which sailed over the head of Brookfield's rightfielder.

Brookfield's best scoring chance came when it loaded the bases on a hit batter and two singles. But a missed bunt on a suicide squeeze led to Wilton catcher Brennen Ryan tagging out the lead runner. The Brookfield batter then struck out to end the threat.

Notes: Wilton returns to action tomorrow (April 6) at home against HMTCA (Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy) at 5 p.m. The Warriors also have games at Weston on Friday at 4:30 and Saturday at home against Cheshire at 11 a.m.