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Wilton Little League Rolls Into District 1 Semis

WILTON, Conn. – Five games into the District 1 Little League tournament, the Wilton All-Stars have yet to face anything resembling a challenge. The trend continued Sunday when Wilton rolled over Norwalk, 16-4, in its fifth straight double-digit victory in the tournament.

“Our hitting comes from hours and hours on the field and the batting cages,’’ manager Kevin Black said. “Years ago we didn’t have a lot of the opportunities these kids have. You’d come out in the spring and take your cuts. These guys work on it all year long.”

Jack Dooley led the assault against Norwalk with three hits, including a home run and five RBIs. Henry Strnecki hit a leadoff off home run in the top of the first, and Dillon Lifreri had four hits, four RBIs and three runs scored. Wilton smashed 14 hits.

Wilton has outscored opponents 76-7 in the tournament. Norwalk was the only team to extend the game to six innings, as it rallied for two runs in the fourth and trailed 13-4 entering the fifth. Little league games end after four innings if a team is ahead by 10 or more runs.

Billy Black pitched into the fifth for Wilton, which scored three runs in the first, five in the second, five in the third and three in the sixth. Lifreri closed it out with the help of a great throw by Strnecki, who gunned down a Norwalk runner with a strong throw home.

Wilton moves into the semifinals Tuesday at Scalzi Park in Stamford where it will play Ridgefield National at 5:30 p.m.

“It’s definitely different when you get to the elimination round,’’ Black said. “You have to play with a little bit more urgency, but try to stay relaxed. It’s our job to make sure they stay focused.”

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