Wilton Youth Sports Roundup–Sept. 21-22, 2019: Softball, Football
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Wilton Little League Warriors Grab Lead In Fifth Inning For 16-11 Victory Over Stratford
The Wilton Little League Warriors ran off with the lead late in the game in a 16-11 victory over Stratford on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game was tied at 11 with Wilton batting in the bottom of the fifth when Lauren Davis tripled to start the rally, followed by a sacrifice fly by Abby Seeberger.
The base paths were crowded in this high-scoring game: Wilton collected 11 hits and Stratford had six. The Warriors fired up the offense in the first inning, when Lauren Sanfilippo singled on a 2-0 count, then Seeberger tripled her in. Altogether, Wilton racked up 11 hits, with Ameila Fleming, Lauren Buchanan, Davis, and Poppy Herve all notching multiple hits.
Davis led things off in the circle for Wilton; she went three innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. Lucie Prior and Lucy Thomas closed things out with solid innings. On defense Anna Morello made a run saving play at second, throwing to Herve to save a run and preserve the lead.
Behind Solid Pitching and Defense, Wilton Overcomes Newtown in Face of Late Four-Run Inning
Newtown scored four runs in the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Wilton Warriors Travel 14U team easily won 12-5 on Sunday, Sept. 22.
In the first inning, the Warriors got their offense started by their table setter Lauren Sanfilippo with a solid single, and Lucy Thomas, Poppy Herve and Lauren Buchanan had patience at the plate and drew walks. Wilton racked up seven hits in the game: Sanfilippo, Lauren Davis, and Annie McMahon all collected multiple hits for the Warriors. Buchanan also had a key, two-out hit to extend Wilton’s lead.
Davis was in the pitcher’s circle and was lights out for Wilton. She went five innings, allowing zero runs on one hit and striking out five. Lucie Prior closed it out. On defense the Warriors were solid for six innings with no errors and almost had their first triple play. Herve and Prior in particular were solid on two bunt attempts and executed the rotational play to perfection. Allie Schwartz was stellar at third on three put outs. And Seeberger and McMahon were Stearns like behind the plate. Overall a solid game by all!
Wilton Youth Football
Wilton 5th Grade Tackle Brings Home 14-6 Win over Stamford
Wilton’s 5th Grade Tackle Warriors marched onto Fujitani Field determined to keep their perfect season alive against a formidable opponent in Stamford. With the game’s first possession, Nick Skillin and Denny Dustin got the offense started with a pair of angry runs each, followed by a crucial run for a first down by Liam Pierson behind blocks thrown by Dylan Flanagan, Cooper Rekow, Trey Rivera, Oliver Sims, Jaxon Lin, Emmett Sommer, and Wyatt Hoffstatter, anchored by center Michael Lenz. A Brady Corry burst put Wilton up 6-0. On Defense, Lenz set the tone with a punishing tackle at the line of scrimmage. Rekow pulled off a touchdown saving tackle on a sweep, and was followed by solid tackling from Colin Faherty and Michael Duarte. Hats to the ball included Nico Mercado, Charlie Heffernan, Henry Snow, Mark Whitman, Cody Korpan, Jack Cook, Rivera, Skillin, and Faherty, stifling Stamford on a crucial fourth down play. After the Warrior offense stalled on the next possession, Stamford ‘s hopes of scoring before the half were quickly extinguished with a Corry pick. The half ended with the Warriors clinging to a six-zip lead.
The second half began with a lengthy Stamford drive resulting in a game tying touchdown, despite multiple third down stands by the Warriors only to be rebuffed by fourth down Stamford conversions. Lenz, Skillin, Dustin, and Faherty recorded impressive tackles with assistance from Mercado, Sommer, Heffernan, Duarte, Corry, Cook, Whitman, Korpan, Rivera, Hoffstatter, and Flanagan. The Warriors’ next possession gave them one last chance for victory. With punishing runs from Dustin, Skillin, and Faherty, Wilton found themself in the Red Zone. Dustin pounded the rock to the House, and Lin capped the drive with a successful kick, to end the game at Wilton 14, Stamford 6. The Warriors’ defense held tight, and Wilton walked off the field with a 3-0 record.
Wilton 3rd/4th Grade Blue Wins Thriller Against Norwalk, 12-6
The game on Saturday night started slow but finished with a flurry of action that saw the 3rd and 4th grade Warriors stage a dramatic comeback to record their third win of the season. The first half was all defense, with the Wilton line and linebackers Aiden Cocca, Sawyer Fasano, Vincent Kelly, Will Kidd, Bly Christianson, Liam O’Sullivan, Matt Polito, and Callum Gemelli consistently pushing Norwalk back into the backfield. Great tackling and hustle by Colton Korpan, Max Weigold, Amelia Christianson, Sawyer Fasano, Taylor Lishnoff, Will Kidd, Vincent Kelly, Andrew Sherman, Finn Snyder, Cash Kaiser, Jason Scanlan, and Brayden Preisano held the Norwalk offense in check all evening. At the half, the score was knotted at zero.
Norwalk took advantage of the break and came out fast in the second half, scoring on just its third play from scrimmage. Strong defense on the extra point try put the Warriors behind just 0-6. Wilton’s offensive line of Evan Ash, Christianson, Drew Huntley, Topher Jackson, Cash Kaiser, Oliver Mills, Lawson Onthank, Alex Trichilo, Preisano, and Peter Wolff started to move the Norwalk defense off the ball, creating some nice running lanes for Henry Leary, Sherman, Fasano, Snyder, and Weigold. Wilton even got the passing game going, with the first completed pass of the season from Fasano to Snyder. Despite gaining ground, the Warriors couldn’t convert and Norwalk took over on downs. Needing a stop, the Warrior defense came up big with Preisano and Callum Gemelli working together to force a fumble on the third play of the drive. Wilton took advantage of the good field position, moving the ball down the field and capping off the drive with a Fasano touchdown. With only five minutes left, the Warriors played their best defense of the game recording three sacks by Fasano, Preisano, and Korpan and stopping Norwalk on a long fourth-down try. With the ball back on a short field and time winding down, Fasano found the end zone again putting the Warriors up for good, 12-6.
Wilton 7th Grade Blue Gets Solid Win Over Ridgefield, 20-6
It was a perfect 72 degrees at Fujitani Field when the 7th grade Warriors took the field Saturday night against Ridgefield. The boys took inspiration from Luke Ginsburg, who suffered a serious injury in last week’s game, but was there to support his teammates from the sideline. Wilton’s offensive line of Maja Driscoll, Cole Galante, Jack Huntley, Liam McKiernan, Cole Siegel, Henry Soojian, Jaxon Thomas and CJ Young took control of the game early, creating great running room for the running backs. Wilton took its second possession and engineered a methodical 15-play, 65-yard drive behind hard running from Jack Schwartz, Cael Dexter, Liam Snyder, and Charlie Keller. Ray Ferranti finished the drive with a 10-yard touchdown reception from Snyder to put the Warriors ahead early, 6-0.
Just two possessions later, another long drive was capped off by a five-yard touchdown run by Dexter, who also ran it in for the two-point conversion, putting Wilton up 14-0. Wilton’s final score was a terrific pass from Dexter to Galante, who ran 30 yards for the touchdown. The Warrior defense played great all night, holding Ridgefield to limited yardage. None of Ridgefield’s drives lasted more than four plays and the Tigers were forced to punt on six of their eight possessions. Siegel, Driscoll, Schwartz, Will Cristini, Emmett Kane, Ethan Bailey, Ryan Luchetta, Galante, Snyder and Dexter all had big stops for Wilton. Ridgefield connected on one long pass play on its last possession of the game to get on the scoreboard, making the final Wilton 20, Ridgefield 6.
Wilton 6th Grade Take Down Ridgefield, 21-7
The 6th Grade Warriors started out on defense with strong plays by Hunter Lishnoff and Alan Osta. After a strong defensive stand the Warriors got the ball. Jake Padilla caught a pass and turned it into a 25-yard play. This was followed up by a strong run and catch from Emma VanHeyst. Charlie Calabrese then ran it in for the Warriors’ first touchdown. Mason Behar kicked the successful extra point to make the score 7-0. The Warrior defense continued its strong play with big third- and fourth-down stops by the defensive line of Marco Chila, Josh Meltzer, Max Totten, Evan Christianson, and Cayden Stevens.
In the second half the offense started with strong play by Charlie Roy catching a 20-yard pass. After strong blocking by the offensive line, including Theo Satrazemis, Trevian Goldman, Brendan Morris, and Trevor Galligan with great runs by Cooper Buchichio and Conner McAndrews, the Warriors got in position for their second touchdown. Calabrese ran it in for the second score and Behar kicked his second extra point bringing the score to 14-0.
The Tigers were able to score on a turnover bringing the score to 14-7, but the Warriors answered back behind strong running from Craig O’Neill and Padilla. The drive culminated in another touchdown run by Calabrese for a final score of 21-7.
The defense held its ground after some pass attempts with great secondary play by Will Byrnes. Patch Angerame finished off Ridgefield with an amazing tackle.