Darien baseball team shut down by Wilton

DARIEN -- Entering play with identical FCIAC records and similar late-season surges, the Wilton and Darien baseball teams needed a win Wednesday at Darien High School in order to keep their FCIAC postseason hopes afloat.

Wilton pitcher Andrew Jacobson responded to the playoff-like atmosphere by hurling a complete game shutout while scattering six hits, walking none and striking out five. Not once did Darien send more than four hitters to the plate in an inning.

"We knew it was a must-win game for us, so we just came out swinging. We tried to get ahead early and be aggressive with the bats, and they played good D behind me," Jacobson said.

Not only did the win keep the Warriors alive for the FCIAC tournament, but a Danbury win over Staples gave them control of their own destiny, as Wilton will now need to win its Senior Night home game against New Canaan on Thursday in order to guarantee itself a ticket to the dance.

"I was happy because I thought this was as complete a game as we've played all season. We put the ball in play and made them field the ball, we played great defense behind Andrew and he was outstanding," Wilton coach Tim Eagen said.

For Darien, which won five of its last six going into Wednesday's all-important showdown, the loss ended its FCIAC tournament dreams.

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"They came out and hit the ball well, their pitcher threw great and they were the better team today," said Darien coach Mike Scott, whose team will finish the regular season on Thursday at Fairfield Ludlowe before compete in the state tournament. "(Being out of the tournament) eats at us a little bit. We came out fired up, they got up by five or six runs and it kind of took the wind out of our sails. At the same time, we've got other things we can still play for with the state tournament ahead of us."

Jacobson was backed by a Wilton lineup that logged a 16-hit parade and scored eight runs, the first two of which came courtesy of Alex Jacobson's two-run, two-out double in the top of the third, plating Will Bruschi and James Meaney.

Every Wilton starter came up with at least one base hit on the afternoon, including Ben Rappaport, who went 4-for-4 with a quartet of singles, an RBI and two runs scored. Ryan Reuther was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, finishing a home run shy of the cycle.

The Warriors doubled their lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks largely to an RBI double by Jordon Prince and an RBI bunt single by Meaney for the 4-0 advantage.

Wilton blew the game open in the fifth, scoring three runs to go up 7-0.

Darien's George Reed, who went 2-for-2 with a double, was the only Blue Wave batter to notch a multi-hit day.

"We're happy with the way this group has come out and competed," Scott said. "Obviously, we're disappointed in the result today, but at the same time we want to take it a step further and make a statement in the state tournament."

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Wilton 8, Darien 0

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Records: Wilton 12-7, 10-7 FCIAC; Darien 10-9, 9-8. Batteries: W--Andrew Jacboson (W) and Alex Jacobson and Dimitrios Psaltos; D--Andrew Nault (L), Matt Morr and Anthony DiMeglio. Highlights: W--Ben Rappaport had four hits and two runs scored. Ryan Reuther had three hits, including a double and a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Jordon Prince had two hits, including a double, two RBI and a run scored. D--George Reed had two hits, including a double. Daly Hebert had a double.