Baseball: Wilton 13U stars play for district title tonight
After a 5-4 loss to Norwalk in the first game of the District 2 tournament, the Wilton Babe Ruth 13U baseball team has gotten back to the basics and in the process reached the district title game.
Wilton plays Trumbull tonight at 7 at Unity Park in Trumbull for the district championship.
In the latest win, on Monday night, Wilton rode timely hitting and a six-hitter by Collin Kahal to beat Trumbull, 3-1, and force a final game.
That came on the heels of a 20-2 win over Fairfield and 6-3 win over Norwalk.
“I told the guys at the beginning: It’s simple. Defense is going to win this championship. We’ve just played great the last three games,” commented manager Conor Farrell. “We didn’t manufacture the runs (in the first game) like we know we have to. The last three games, we’ve been manufacturing runs like we have all year.”
Matt D’Elisa put Wilton on top 2-0 in the top of the third with a two-run double, and Kahal held Trumbull to only one unearned run the rest of the way.
“I was confident once we had that lead we weren’t going to give it up,” said Farrell. “Collin pitched an unbelievable game. He kept their batters off-balance and did a great job like he’s done all year.”
Wilton had advanced to the championship series with a 6-3 victory over Norwalk.
After Norwalk jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning, Wilton fought back after an incredible diving catch by Henry Strmecki in the second inning changed the momentum of the game.
The brilliant pitching of Ryan Gabriele shut down the Norwalk bats from the second inning on, while big hits were recorded by D’Elisa, Kahal and Jack Dooley.
“We have a great team, and a close knit group,” Farrell said. “The guys had a tough post-season last year, so they’re hungry, and they’re staying focused.”