Softball: Wild Things blank New Fairfield in tourney opener

The Wilton Wild Things 10U girls softball team opened the Fairfield County Fastpitch Softball League tournament on Thursday in impressive fashion, trouncing the New Fairfield Rebels 17-0 at Comstock Community Center in the first game of pool play.

The game lasted only three and half innings due to time limitations.

The Wild Things, the only Wilton Baseball & Softball Association softball team this summer, got a great performance on the mound from Avery Samai, who struck out eight batters in a complete-game shutout. She pitched out of a jam in the second when, with runners on second and third and no outs, she struck out consecutive batters and then ended the threat by getting a groundball out.

Eva Filipponi did a great job for Wilton as catcher, said coach Pam Nessel.

The big blow of the game was by Anisa Burrows, who legged out a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the first inning.

“The entire team played with a lot of confidence at bat and in the field. They applied our recent discussions about staying positive and believing in yourself,” said coach Nessel.

The 10U FCSPL tournament features the hometown Wild Things, along with teams from other nearby towns such as Bethel, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Monroe, New Fairfield, New Milford, Norwalk, Southbury, Ridgefield and Stamford.

Pool play will continue on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m., with games played at Wilton High School, Comstock Community Center, Cider Mill School and Middlebrook School.

The Wild Things, who are in the ‘B’ tournament, play on Saturday morning at 9 against the Bethel Blast at Middlebrook School. Their third game in pool play will be on Saturday at 1 against the Stamford Stars at Cider Mill School.

All teams will be reseeded after round-robin play and a single elimination tournament will be held on Sunday, starting at 8 a.m., to determine the league champions in both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions. Semifinal games will take place at 11:30 and the championship games are scheduled for 1:15.