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Hard Work Pays Off For Wilton Little League Player

WILTON, Conn. – Dillon Lifrieri tried for two years to make Wilton’s District 1 Little League team. After not being selected, he devoted extra attention to making the squad this past winter.

The hard work paid off big-time. Lifrieri has been one of the key weapons in a balanced Wilton attack that has seen the team pound five straight opponents. Wilton plays National Lione of Stamford for the District 1 title Friday at Springdale Little League field in Stamford. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Lifrieri had a big game in Tuesday’s semifinals, hitting two home runs and throwing 2 2/3 innings to lead Wilton to a 20-3 win over Ridgefield.

“Dillon brings an incredible bat and a great arm to our team,’’ manager Kevin Black said. “Those are key in Little League. He’s worked incredibly hard to get to where he is.”

Lifrieri said he didn’t think he was unfairly excluded from the previous Wilton teams, both of which won District 1 titles in the 10-year-old and 11-year-old tournaments. “I don’t think I was as good as I could have been or as good as some of the other players,’’ he said. “The last two year I wasn’t focused as I am now. I went to the batting cage and did a lot of work over the winter to improve.”

The work is evident on the mound and at the plate. In Tuesday’s win, Lifrieri had four RBIs and three hits. And on the mound, he struck out the side in the first two innings, finishing with seven strikeouts and allowing just one unearned run. “Every time I go out there I think the game is on the line,’’ Lifrieri said. 

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