Wilton 9/10-year-olds win LL district title
After displaying a lot of pre-game energy, the Wilton 9-10-year-old All-Stars kept the momentum going once the first pitch was thrown.
Wilton scored two unearned runs in the top of the first inning and went on to defeat Norwalk, 5-1, in the championship of the District 1 tournament Friday night in Stamford.
Wallace Clark, who led off the game with a single, scored on a passed ball, and Mikey Roberts came home when the Norwalk catcher threw the ball into centerfield for the early 2-0 Wilton lead.
Roberts tripled in the third and scored on Andrew Travers' two-run homer to give Wilton a 4-0 lead. Travers' shot cleared the fence in right center.
Wilton’s starting pitcher, John McMahon, who pitched his way out of trouble in his first three innings of work, allowed Norwalk no runs on three hits while striking out five in four innings.
“I was throwing my fastball for strikes, and every time they got a runner on base I just focused on the batter at the plate and tried to get him out,” said McMahon, who struck out the side in the first inning.
"Norwalk scored a lot of runs in the tournament and if you told me that we would hold them to just one run I wouldn't have believed it,” said Wilton head coach Glen Walsh. “Getting runs early in the game is good for a young team, and McMahon came up big for us on the mound tonight."
Wilton picked up another run in the fourth inning on three straight singles for a 5-1 lead. Norwalk’s lone run came on a passed ball in the fifth inning.
Norwalk loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth, but Clark, pitching in relief, struck out the final batter to end the game.