The Wilton 9-10 Little League team will remember Tuesday night's game as the one that got away. Wilton was one strike away from securing a spot in the sectional finals, but Fairfield American's Matt Kubel ripped a game-winning, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to end Wilton's run, 4-3.
"They played incredible baseball through this [tournament], and today was no exception," Wilton manager Tim Elkinton said. "They played baseball like kids so much older than them. I was real proud of them today."
Colin Kahal was a one-man wrecking crew at the plate, providing all of Wilton's offense on the day. He smoked a two-run double off the wall in the fourth to kick off the game's scoring and briefly put Wilton back on top in the seventh, crushing a solo home run to center field.
Wilton also got a gutsy starting pitching performance from Billy Black, who went five innings allowing only two runs, one of which was earned. Black, who refuses to put his name on his jersey out of superstition, was able to shut down the Fairfield bats in large part thanks to a highly developed slider for a player his age.
The stellar performances were an afterthought though, as Elkinton lamented that his team likely won't get to play together again.
"Right now it just hurts," Elkinton said. "You never know what's going to happen between now and next year. I think when it sinks in though, I'll remind them that they will forever be District One Ten-Year-Old Champions."
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