Wilton rebounds with victory over Stamford North

Tanner Schmauch connects with a pitch during Wilton's district tourney opener against Ridgefield. — Scott Mullin photo
Tanner Schmauch connects with a pitch during Wilton's district tourney opener against Ridgefield. — Scott Mullin photo

After dropping its district opener to Ridgefield one day earlier, the Wilton Little League 12U All-Stars bounced back with an 8-4 win over Stamford North on Tuesday in Wilton.

Wilton can clinch a spot in the District 1 playoff round with a victory in its final Pool A game against Norwalk on Thursday.

Stamford North took the lead with a run in the first inning, but Wilton starting pitcher William Forgione kept the visitors scoreless through the next four innings. Wilton scored two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to open a 4-1 lead.

Grady Kaliski and Conor Toohill began the third inning with back-to-back singles and Stef Cross reached on an error to load the bases. Tanner Schmauch followed with a single to score Kaliski and Toohill and put Wilton ahead 2-1.

RBI singles from Cross and Schmauch then increased Wilton's lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning.

Following a scoreless fifth inning, Wilton tacked on three additional runs in the top of the sixth. With one out, Kaliski singled, Toohill was hit by a pitch, and Cross walked to load the bases. Schmauch was hit by a pitch to force in a run, and two more runs came home when Luke Perna's groundball resulted in a pair of Stamford North errors.

Down to its final at-bat in the bottom of the sixth, Stamford North got a sacrifice fly and an RBI single to cut Wilton's lead to 8-3. Cross relieved Forgione with one out and runners on first and second base and struck out the first batter he faced. An error allowed another run to score, but the game ended when a Stamford North player was out trying to steal third base.

Forgione got the win, pitching five and one-third innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits. He walked two batters and struck out five.

Cross got the final two outs and was credited with a save.

Schmauch finished with two hits and four RBIs for Wilton. Cross, Kalisky, and Toohill each added two hits and scored two runs.

Jack Schwartz had a double for Wilton's only extra-base hit, and Max Roberge and Perna each drove in a run.

Notes: All four teams in Pool A (Wilton, Stamford North, Ridgefield, and Norwalk) have 1-1 records going into their final pool-play games.

Wilton fell to Ridgefield, 10-5, on Monday in the completion of a game that was suspended by rain the day before with Wilton ahead 1-0 in the second inning.