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Wilton Baseball Lets Late Lead Slip Away

WILTON, Conn. - Ridgefield’s two-run single in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the dagger in the hearts of the Wilton High baseball team on Friday, as the Tigers rallied in the last inning to defeat the Warriors, 2-1. Wilton had held the lead for the first six innings. Wilton started off the game on the right note when right fielder Will Bruschi hit a two-out RBI single into right-center field to put the Warriors ahead 1-0 early on. Starting pitcher and southpaw Garrett Furnivall struck out four and went six innings on the mound for Wilton, but did not factor in the decision. In a game dominated by walks and great defense, neither team seemed to be able to get on the scoreboard after Bruschi’s run-scoring hit. Ridgefield got runners on base almost every inning, but the defense of Sean Osgood in center and Zach Ellenthal at third saved the Warriors time after time. After a leadoff double in the top of the seventh, Furnivall was pulled for junior right-hander Ryan Reuther. After getting the first two batters to fly out, a hard two-strike ground ball was hit back at Reuther. It deflected off the Warriors’ pitcher and by the time he located it, the runners had advanced to first and third. A two-RBI single then put the Tigers ahead. In the bottom of the inning, a leadoff double by catcher Connor Buhler and a single by Ben Rappaport gave the Warriors hope, but Wilton could not bring the tying and winning runs home.

It was another tough-luck loss for Wilton, which dropped to 2-3 on the season. The Warriors will travel to Greenwich on Monday in what is billed as one of the top pitching duels of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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