The two remaining Wilton Little League teams in post-season tournament play suffered defeats this past weekend. One loss brought the season to an end for Wilton’s 12U District Baseball team, and the other loss left Wilton’s 11U District Softball team still in State Championship competition but needing to make sure they keep winning or face total elimination.
Wilton’s 12U hardball phenoms fell in the championship game for the district title against Weston on Friday night. The boys had already defied odds by getting to the finals, something no other Wilton baseball team had done for several years. As tournament underdogs, they’d already won in three successive games against bigger, favored Stamford teams but Weston held out to a 15-4 finish. Weston now advances to State tournament play as the champs of District 1.
On the softball side, Wilton’s 11U District 1 representatives had been fierce fighters in their first two games, beating Berlin 4-3 on Thursday of last week and annihilating East Hartford 22-2 just two days later. But by Sunday, the girls faced Fairfield with lower energy than they’d shown previously. The more-experienced Fairfield team hit hard, and won the game 12-1.
But with the state championship a double-elimination tournament, Wilton’s 11U team still stands a chance at reaching the title. On Tuesday, July 17, they’ll face the winner of the District 4/District 5 game in Trumbull; if victorious, they’ll play Fairfield again on Wednesday–and would need to beat the favored District 2 champs not just Wednesday but Thursday as well in order to wrest the State title away.
Wilton 11U Softball is scheduled to take the field Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Unity Park in Trumbull.