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Furnival's Gem Puts Wilton Back in Playoff Hunt

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton High baseball team needed a quality start from its pitcher on Thursday, and Garrett Furnival answered the call and then some. Taking on league powerhouse Staples, Furnival escaped jam after jam, coming up with big outs when he needed them most.

Zack Ellenthal provided the game’s only offense and Wilton escaped with a thrilling 1-0 victory. Furnival allowed just two hits and struck out nine in a sparkling complete-game effort, carrying the Warriors to their fourth straight win and back into the conference playoff hunt.

Furnival still had to overcome four walks, a hit batter and two Wilton errors. But the 6-foot-6 lefty managed to strand seven Staples runners. The Wreckers failed to score with men on first and third in the first and on second and third with just one out in the fifth.

Furnival struck out Staples cleanup hitter Brian Terzian to wiggle out of that jam. Staples did not threaten again.

Wilton’s southpaw outdueled Staples ace Jimmy Kopack, who took the tough-luck loss. Kopack struck out eight and walked just two, but a wild pitch set up Ellenthal’s game-winning sacrifice fly.

Wilton entered the season with a highly touted pitching staff and was hailed as a breakout team to watch. A 2-5 start seemed to derail that notion, as the Warriors struggled to hold leads late in games. Now the winners of five of their last six, Wilton has knocked off the defending conference champion and sits one game out from a conference playoff spot.

The win puts Wilton over the .500 mark for the first time this year at 7-6. The Warriors travel to winless Bassick on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game.

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