For all of the excellent seasons the Staples baseball team has put together in the past decade — some of which have included FCIAC championships — success in the state tournament has been hard to come by. You wouldn’t know that watching them play this month as the Wreckers have clobbered all comers in an emphatic run to the Class LL title game.

The trend continued on Wednesday in the semifinals against No. 8 Norwalk. The Wreckers exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning, and four pitchers combined on a one-hitter in an 11-0 win at Muzzy Field to advance to the state final for the first time since 2001. No. 4 Staples will meet Amity for all the marbles at 12 p.m. on Saturday at Palmer Field in Middletown.

“This is the goal every year,” Staples coach Jack McFarland said. “We’ve won 18, 19 games for five or six years; we’re excited to be here. We’re 22-5 and that tells a big story right there.”

Ben Casparius, Mike Fanning, Rob Stone and Danny Ewert all pitched for Staples, which has outscored the opposition 33-6 in the tournament so far.

Casparius improved to 7-0 in 2015 and now has 57 strikeouts in 44 and two-thirds innings pitched. He’s also allowed just three runs in his last 36 and two-thirds innings on the mound.

“Ben could shut anyone down; he’s one of the top pitchers in the state,” Norwalk coach Pete Tucci said. “We swung the bat and hit a couple of balls hard.”

McFarland pulled Casparius with two outs in the fifth inning with the game well in hand. McFarland will have both of his sophomores-turned-aces — Ryan Fitton will start in the title game — available to him on Saturday. Casparius struck out nine Bears.

“I definitely came out with a lot of fire,” said Casparius, who yielded a hit to Norwalk’s Dave Balunek to lead off the game and little else. “Through then I felt really good, I had my command really early and only walked one guy. I think offensively there’s no better feeling than getting that first run across.”

Ross Poulley broke open the game with a three-run triple as part of the seven-run frame in the fourth. The Wreckers drew 10 walks in the first four innings and got timely hits when they needed to.

“It was very important,” said Staples senior Zach Azadian, who went 1-for-1 with three walks. “Our coaches provided us the information … we made sure we got ours. We know when we swing at balls in our zone no one can beat us.”

The Wreckers plated two runs on no hits in the second inning to grab the early lead. Three walks loaded the bases before Eric Hawes drove one in with a sacrifice fly, and Nathan Panzer walked three batters later to double the lead.

“In states people are going to throw their best guys,” Poulley said. “I think we were prepared for that. I didn’t how the bats were going to work out given the first couple of innings, but once they start pounding we just do what we know what to do.”

The loss ended an impressive bounce-back season for Norwalk (18-7), which beat Bristol Central, Wilton and top-seeded Norwich Free Academy to reach the semifinals. The Bears went 9-11 a year ago and didn’t win a postseason game.

“We surpassed a lot of expectations, but not our own,” Tucci said. “We thought we would be in this spot, but not many other people thought we would be. I’m very proud of these guys; we didn’t throw enough strikes to make it a game but that’s an aberration.”

Now the Wreckers will prepare for a rare shot at a state title, this time against the two time defending Class LL champs Amity.

“You make your own breaks and you are what you are,” McFarland said. “We’re 22-5 for a reason; we’re very good. We’re making every play out there.”