The National Lione All-Stars of Stamford played lights out in defeating Wilton 9-1 Tuesday night in the District 1 Little League tournament. The game was called at 10:30 p.m. after lights high above Bill Terry Field in Wilton went dark for the second time in a 30-minute span. The first delay was human error. Umpires immediately ended the game in the top of the sixth after the second power failure. The cause of the second outage was unclear.
"That was the longest game of my life,'' National Lione manager Bill DeVito said. The wait was worth it, however, as the victory propelled the Stamford team to Thursday's semifinals. It will meet city rival Springdale at 5:45 p.m. at Caprizzo Field.
National Lione struck early in Tuesday's victory, scoring six runs in the first inning. Facing a win-or-go home situation, the first seven batters reached base. Mike Nunziante delivered a two-run single and Joe DePreta blasted a grand slam over the center field fence.
The loss capped a disappointing tournament for Wilton, which finished 2-4. The squad dropped a tough 1-0 opening game to North Stamford in extra innings, which manager Bob DeSantis said showed the team could play with any team in the district.
"We're obviously disappointed,'' DeSantis said. "We would've liked to have moved into the semifinals. We had a very competitive pool, which is fine with us because we're very competitive, too. We had two very difficult innings in the tournament, one of which was the first inning tonight."
J.T. Morin delivered an RBI single in the fourth for Wilton, which managed just three hits.
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