WILTON — Twenty-four hours after Wilton’s FCIAC playoff hopes were snuffed out, the Warriors passed along their disappointment to another team, eliminating the McMahon from the league playoffs.
In a game that was suspended by weather on Tuesday, delayed until Friday and went extra innings, the Warriors eked out a 5-4 regular season-ending victory over the Senators on Friday afternoon.
“It shows these kids really do care,” said Wilton coach Tim Eagen, whose team lost to Fairfield Ludlowe 8-5 on Thursday, keeping the Falcons’ postseason hopes alive. “They do have character and it showed today.”
With one out, the bases loaded and an 0-2 count, Wilton’s Drew Phillips put the ball in play, scoring Parker Ward from third with the game-winning run on a walk-off McMahon error.
“It was tough with getting us down in the dumps, but this really does show the character of our team,” said Phillips, who came to the play after McMahon intentionally walked Cole Judelson to load the bases. “Them intentionally walking him definitely ticked me off. I got down 0-2, which shook me a little, but I was able to get the ball in play.”
Ward and Dillon Lifrieri had led off the bottom of the ninth getting hit by pitches thrown by McMahon hurler Frankie Greco.
“His ball runs and moves and he threw it inside and just hit two guys,” McMahon coach John Cross said. “That’s not like him.”
A deep fly ball to center field moved Ward up to third base before Lifrieri stole second. The decision to send Lifrieri forced the intentional walk to Judelson, bringing Phillips to the plate.
“He did a nice job there,” Eagen said. “He was down two strikes and didn’t look good doing it, but he got the ball in play and anything can happen.
With the infield in and a force play at home, all the Senators had to was field the ball and throw to the plate, but they were unable to make the play.
“It was right in that Bermuda Triangle area,” Cross said.
Both teams will take 11-9 records into the state tournament.
McMahon had two big opportunities to score runs in extra innings, but failed to get down two key bunts.
In the top of the eighth, Chris Ehlers and Shane Popkins both singled to open the inning.
Korey Morton tried twice to get down a sacrifice, but failed to do so and wound up striking out. Peter Meyerson then lined into a 4-6 double play to end the inning.
An inning later, James Stefanowicz led off with a single. Anthony Socci tried to move him over a base, but also failed to do so before fanning.
After stealing second, Stefanowicz was left stranded.
“We just didn’t execute in spots that we needed to do,” Cross said. “It was a lack of getting bunts down.”
“I would have liked to have seen John get into the playoffs,” Eagen admitted. “He’s a classy guy and I’m always rooting for him, but what are you going to do?”
THE OTHER DAY
On Tuesday, McMahon had taken leads of 1-0 and 4-3 over the Warriors, who came back to tie it in the fifth.
Judelson had reached on an error before pinch runner John Maggio was sacrificed to second by Phillips
Lucas Uriarte then tied the game with a base hit.
An inning later the heavens opened up, forcing the suspension of the game.
Judelson finished the game with hits for Wilton as did Uriarte.
Colin Tietjen earned the win in relief.
For McMahon, Stefanowicz was 4 for 5 with four singles Ehlers and Ethan Blattman had two hits each.
WILTON 5, McMAHON 4
McMAHON 103 000 000—4 9 1
WILTON 201 100 001—5 6 4
Records: Brien McMahon 11-9, Wilton 11-9; Batteries: BM—James Stefanowicz, Frankie Greco (7) and Anthony Socci; W—Ryan Gabriele, Brendan Skewis (6), Dillon Lifrieri (6), Colin Tietjen (7) and Jack Dinanno