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Wilton Baseball Slugs Its Way To District 1 Final

WILTON, Conn. – Wilton’s Little League team has not wasted any time in seizing the lead in its previous District 1 tournament games. Tuesday’s 10-run burst in the first inning was its best yet.

Wilton hit five home runs, including two by Dillon Lifrieri, to whack Ridgefield National, 20-3, in the semifinals at Scalzi Park in Stamford. Wilton plays National Lione of Stamford in Friday’s championship game at Springdale Little League field in Stamford. Game time is scheduled for 8 p.m.

Wilton sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning, and the first eight reached base. Lifrieri set the tone with a three-run home run to right field. Collin Kahal followed with a solo homer.

“You couldn’t ask for a better start,’’ Wilton manager Kevin Black said. “It’s like a recording that just keeps repeating itself.”

Lifrieri added a solo home run in the fourth, when the game ended via the mercy rule. In Little League, games are stopped when a team gets ahead by 10 or more runs after four innings. Wilton has beaten all six district playoff opponents by 10 or more runs.

Jack Dooley crushed a two-run home run in the third, and Matt Lamotta provided the closing statement with a three-run blast in the fourth.

Lifrieri was also magnificent on the mound, with seven strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed one unearned run, walked one and allowed one hit.

Wilton had 20 hits for the game, with nearly every player in the lineup collecting at least one.

This story has been updated at 11 a.m. with a new site for the finals.

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