Wilton Youth Sports Roundup: April 28-May 12
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Wilton Little League Pitch Hit & Run
On April 28, Wilton Little League hosted its very first local competition for Major League Baseball’s Pitch Hit & Run program. Despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, more than 80 boys and girls (ages 7 through 14) competed in the event at the Wilton YMCA. The event consisted of three competitions — throwing accuracy, batting distance/accuracy and running speed — and the players were divided into two divisions (baseball and softball) and multiple age groupings (three for baseball and four for softball). The winners in each category, together with the overall winner in each division/age group, have qualified for the Sectionals event that will be held on May 25 in Stratford.
If Wilton players are successful at Sectionals, they will have the opportunity to compete at a Regionals event to be held at a Major League Baseball stadium in the Northeast and, ultimately, they will have an opportunity to qualify for the national competition to be held during Major League Baseball’s All Star Week in Cleveland, Ohio, during the second week of July.
Wilton Little League wants to extend congratulations to the following local competition winners:
Softball (7/8 year olds): Lily Wang (Pitch and Overall Winner); Sarah Viggiano (Run Winner)
Softball (9/10 year olds): Piper Keane (Pitch, Hit and Overall Winner); Alexandra Jankowski (Run Winner)
Softball (11/12 year olds): Sadie Klyver (Pitch and Overall Winner); Riley Keane (Hit and Run Winner)
Softball (13/14 year olds): Gracie DiBuono-Krafick and Elizabeth DeFeo (Pitch Winners); Abby Schwartz (Hit Winner); Gracie DiBuono-Krafick (Run Winner); Allie Schwartz (Overall Winner)
Baseball (7/8 year olds): Max Bryant (Pitch, Hit, Run and Overall Winner)
Baseball (9/10 year olds): Peter Braid, Henry Darst, Conner Lane, John Louzan and James Wax (Pitch Winners); Casey Meyer (Hit Winner); Brad Mallory (Run Winner); Peter Braid (Overall Winner)
Baseball (11/12 year olds): Jacob McDonnell, Jack McMenamey and Connor Toohill (Pitch Winners); Jack McMenamey (Hit Winner); Connor Toohill (Run Winner); Jack McMenamey (Overall Winner)
Best of luck to all of the Wilton competitors at Sectionals on May 25!
14U Defeats Shelton, 17-16
The 14U Wilton Warrior softball team is well under way this season, winning against Shelton, 17-16 on Saturday, May 4 with 16 hits on the day. Jenna Soltis pitched a complete game with six strike outs. Ella Christ went 4-4, with a double and triple and 5 RBIs. Gia Sciortino had three hits; Anna Joy and Soltis had two hits; and Amelia Fleming had the walk-off single to win the game.
11U Takes 3rd in 12U Tournament Bracket
Over the weekend of May 3-5, the 11U Wilton Warriors softball team competed in the 11th Annual Sunrise Cottage Benefit Tournament in Ridgefield. The girls proved to be a strong contender finishing third overall in the 12U bracket.
Wilton opened the tournament with a 13-0 romp over the 12U New Canaan Rams. Sofia Samai pitched a great, three-inning shutout allowing only two hits and striking out three batters. The offense was led by Ellie Qudeen, who went 2-2 driving in four runs. Kelly O’Malley, Annie McMahon, and Grace Qudeen also had hits for RBIs to secure the win.
The team followed up with a 10-3 win over the 12U Rowayton Hurricanes. The offense came to life with Ellie Qudeen, Kaitlin Feldman, Grace Qudeen, Grace Couch, and Ava Gaudio, all of whom had hits for RBIs. Sophia Viggiano and McMahon played a strong defense game. Couch commanded the mound allowing only three runs on one hit while striking out 10 batters.
The team’s final pool play game ended in a heart-breaking 2-3 loss to a strong 12U Danbury P.A.L team. A fierce pitching duel combined with big defensive plays made for watching a great game. Viggiano, Emma van Heyst, Kelly O’Malley, and Riley Keane all had major plays in the field to keep runs from scoring. Feldman pitched a great game, allowing only three runs on five hits and striking out five batters.
Cannondale Generator Battles for Tough Victory Over Hometown Gas, 6-5
The bats were alive on Saturday, May 4 as Cannondale Generator (Coach Maggio) won a close one over Hometown Gas (Coach Raniolo). Cannondale led 1-0 early despite a strong start from Hometown’s Ryan Doughman, who struck out the side in the first inning. Cannondale led by as many as three runs but Tristan Albright and Greg Bocchino kept Hometown Gas in the game with great pitching of their own while also coming up big at the plate. Andrew Eckert’s alertness and speed on the bases led to a key run in the third inning to bring Hometown within one. Brendan Raniolo ripped two singles in the game including a key hit in the top of the fifth that was followed by a clutch, bases-loaded RBI single by Chase Friedman to tie the game at five apiece. Cannondale put a runner on in the bottom of the fifth and he would go on to score the game-winning run with two outs, capping off a great game played by both teams. The final score was 6-5.
Tigers Escape Gators With a Walk Off Win, 5-4
The Wilton Little League Minors LSU Tigers Team, sponsored by Ed’s Garage Doors, won 5-4 in its last at-bat against the Florida Gators, sponsored by Loren Findorak Drilling, Inc. The team came back from a 3-4 deficit in the fifth inning to get the win on the back of clutch hits by Adam Nevas, Nathan Yovine and Mario Coppola and great base running by Evan Ash.
On the mound Casey Meyer, Cole Herbst, Henry Darst and Coppola combined for 14 strikeouts on the day. Jack Squitieri led the way with two hits while Meyer, Adam Nevas, Max Nevas, Darst, Coppola, and Yovine each had a hit. Aiden Cocca, Ian Chase and Luke Sonatore rounded out the effort with solid at bats and aggressive base running.
Ed’s Garage Doors Defeats Cannondale Generators, Inc., 10-7
On Saturday, in an exciting Wilton Little League Minors Division contest that went down to the last inning, Ed’s Garage Doors edged Cannondale Generators, Inc. 10-7. With the score tied 7-7 entering the last inning, Cole Herbst stroked a lead-off triple to start a three-run rally for Ed’s Garage Doors, and Mario Coppola held Cannondale Generators scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to secure the victory. Casey Meyer led the offense for Ed’s Garage Doors with 2 hits and an RBI, with Adam Nevas registering a double and 2 RBI. Luke Sonatore and Max Nevas also had a hit and an RBI for Ed’s Garage Doors. Ethan Driscoll led the offense for Cannondale Generators, Inc. with 2 hits and 2 RBI, while Alex Knudsen, Oscar Wayland, and Denny Dustin each posted hits and an RBI, and Wyland Geitz contributed an RBI. Tommy Maggio, Henry Snow, and Andrew Demasi each scored a run for Cannondale Generators, Inc., and Nicky Fontana had strong at-bats and played solid defense. Ed’s Garage Doors received strong pitching from Meyer, Henry Darst, Herbst and Coppola, while Billy Greeff, Wayland, and Dustin logged solid pitching performances for Cannondale Generators, Inc.
Pramer Fuel Scorches People’s United Advisors, 9-3
Pramer Fuel jumped out to a big lead early in the game thanks to a dominating pitching performance by Cooper Rekow and great hitting by the entire Pramer Fuel team. The lead would have been even bigger if not for a sensational catch in center field by Joshua Comiskey, strong middle relief by Charlie Heffernan, and heads up defensive play by Luke Adams. People’s United Advisors staged a late game rally with walks by Colton Korpan, CJ Gilchrist, and Liam O’Sullivan, and hard hits by Ryland Sanders, Jimmy Dineen, Gregory Fila, Colton Smith, Jaxx Magner, Cooper Young, and Daniel Hickey, but the rally was snuffed out thanks to great defensive plays by Will Viggiano and Keegan Kazan.
Gregory & Adams Edges People’s United Advisors, 9-8
People’s United had one of their best offensive performances of the season with Liam O’Sullivan, Gregory Fila, Daniel Hickey, Ryland Sanders, and Jaxx Magner all reaching base safely and with big hits from Joshua Comiskey, CJ Gilchrist, Colton Korpan, and Charlie Heffernan. Cooper Young was a beast behind the plate for People’s United and Luke Adams made a great defensive play. But in the end, Gregory and Adams’ offense proved to be too, much highlighted by triples from Jake Siegel and Connor Lane and three runs scored by Brad Mallory.