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Westhill baseball shuts out Wilton

Published 9:03 pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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  • Westhill's Ronald Jackson, left, and John Spoto celebrate their 9-0 win over Wilton following their baseball game at Westhill High School in Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Photo: Jason Rearick / Stamford Advocate
    Westhill's Ronald Jackson, left, and John Spoto celebrate their 9-0 win over Wilton following their baseball game at Westhill High School in Stamford, Conn., on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Photo: Jason Rearick

 

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STAMFORD -- When he first set eyes on the schedule, Westhill baseball coach DJ Mulvaney knew his team would be put to the test right away.

The Vikings had the top two ranked teams in the state (New Canaan and St. Joseph) and two perennial contenders (Wilton and Ridgefield) with games against highly touted Greenwich and Danbury also on the docket before the calendar flips to May.

So far, so good.

The Vikings (3-1, 3-0 FCIAC) beat St. Joseph and Ridgefield to begin the season and Wednesday cranked out 12 hits, beating Wilton 9-0 at home.

The Vikings host New Canaan Thursday.

It was just the kind of start the Vikings needed according to Mulvaney.

"With a tough schedule opening up it was important to get off to a fast start," Mulvaney said. "It's a rough stretch coming up, it's not easy. We are playing clean baseball right now and we will need to do the same every game coming up."

Wednesday, every time Wilton opened the door with an error or a mental mistake, the Vikings capitalized.

An error in the first inning led to the first run, extending the inning enough for Austin Nardi to drive home Luke Dawson, giving the Vikings a 2-0 lead after an inning.

Giving a good team like Westill extra outs is something Wilton (1-4, 0-3 FCIAC) can not afford to do with its lineup struggling according to coach Tim Eagen.

"We are not hitting at all and with a young pitching staff and defense, your margin of error is very small," Eagen said. "It puts pressure on our defense, we boot a ball there, first baseman drops the ball there and against a quality team you have to only give them three outs an inning. If you give teams four or five outs you are not going to win in this league."

An error on a bunt with two on in the fourth once again opened the flood gates with the Vikings adding seven more runs on five hits in the inning.

Ronald Jackson was 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs, Ryan Lee went 2 for 4 with a run and a RBI and Dawson reached base three times, scoring twice and driving in a run.

Dawson also pitched five innings, allowing just one hit to pick up the victory. Billy Blau worked the last two innings in scoreless fasion to preserve the shutout.

Jackson said once the bats get going, it's contagious among the team

"Once we get the first hit on, everyone is going to keep pounding," Jackson said. "You have to be the same as always. You can't think about the cold because it will screw you up. You just have to keep your mechanics working and hit the ball. That's what we have to do."

Scott.Ericson@scni.com; @EricsonSports

Westhill 9, Wilton 0

WILTON 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3

WESTHILL 200 700 X -- 9 12 1

Records: WH -- 3-1, 3-0 FCIAC; W -- 1-4, 0-3 FCIAC

Batteries: WH -- Luke Dawson (W), Billy Blau (6) and Mike Rossi; W -- Trevor Blond (L), Sean McEwen (4) and Alex Jacobson

Doubles: WH -- Ronald Jackson 2, Ryan Lee; W -- Brett Phillips

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