WILTON, Conn. Wilton High baseball exploded for seven runs in sixth inning to topple Norwalk, 10-4, erasing some of the bad memories of recent tough losses. In addition to avenging those multiple, late-inning defeats, the win preserved the Warriors' chance of landing a state playoff berth. Norwalk got off to a fast start, putting two runs on the board in the top of the first. The Warriors responded with two of their own in the bottom half on a Zach Ellenthal RBI single and an Andrew Jacobson triple.
Norwalk's Michael Parlanti broke the tie in the third with a solo shot to left-center. Two innings later, the gap widened further when Parlanti sent one to almost the same spot in the parking lot, giving Norwalk a 4-2 lead. After a Paul Merolla sacrifice fly inched Wilton closer, the floodgates opened in the bottom of the sixth. After the first two batters reached on a single and Norwalk error, Will Bruschi hit the go-ahead two-run single. Fellow junior Ryan Reuther followed with a two-run triple that nearly interrupted the girls track meet deep in the outfield. RBI singles from Ellenthal and Connor Buhler sealed the deal, giving Wilton a commanding 10-4 lead heading into the last inning. Bruschi was just happy to get the pressure of a key win off the Warriors' backs. "It felt great. We needed a win like this to get our season going in the right direction, he said. What we did today was not only get that one hit, but also continue to hit and give ourselves a comfortable lead late." Garrett Furnival finished off the Bears, going the distance for Wilton in a complete-game effort.
Wilton improved to 4-6 on the year and 3-5 in the conference. The Warriors will travel to Brien McMahon in Norwalk on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
Matt Schneidman is a junior at Wilton High and a guest writer for The Daily Wilton. If you would like to write for one of our sites, contact managing editor Matt Zalaznick.
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