WILTON, Conn. The Wilton 9-10 Little League All-Star offense exploded for 20 runs in Thursday nights District One semifinal and it needed every one to beat Norwalk and reach the championship game.
In a contest that lasted past most 9 and 10-year-olds bedtime, Wilton was one strike away from inducing the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth when Norwalk started to claw its way back. Finally, Richard Nolan came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth, getting the potential winning run to pop out to second to secure a wild 20-19 victory for Wilton and a date with North Stamford for the title.
Wilton jumped out to an early 7-1 lead, but Norwalk kept fighting back all evening. Several walks and errors by both sides led to a 10-9 Norwalk lead after three. But Wilton landed the biggest blow in the top of the fourth, sending 12 players to the plate and scoring nine times.
Regan Kahal provided the fireworks, crushing a bases-clearing double off the left-center field wall. Kyle Hyzy followed Kahal with another booming RBI double.
But it was an innocuous RBI groundout by Lucas Uriarte in the fifth that turned out to be the game-winner.
Down to their last strike, Norwalks Jack Fitzpatrick crushed a three-run home run to keep his teams chances alive. Norwalk scored five times in the fifth to ensure the game would go all six innings.
Norwalk got the tying run on second and the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the sixth, but Nolan escaped the jam and ended the marathon matchup.
Wilton takes on North Stamford in the 9-10-year-old District One championship on Saturday at 10 a.m.
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