Darien advances to District 1 LL baseball final

STAMFORD—The Darien Little League All-Stars scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to defeat Stamford North, 6-4 in the District 1 LL Baseball Tournament Wednesday night at Stamford National LL field at Scalzi Park in Stamford.

The win sent Darien (2-0) to Saturday’s District 1 Championship final, which will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. at Springdale Little League’s Drotar Field in Stamford.

The loss left Stamford North at 1-1 in the four-team, double-elimination bracket.

Stamford North must now defeat Wilton (1-1) on Friday at 6 p.m. at Springdale’s Drotar Field in an elimination contest.

The loser is eliminated. The winner faces Darien on Saturday. The winner then must top Darien on Saturday and on Sunday (11 a.m. Drotar Field) to advance to next week’s State Sectionals.

Darien used back-to-back homers by Will Barber and Taylor Campbell in the third inning to forge a 4-4 deadlock after four innings with Stamford North.

In the bottom of the fifth, Darien used a two-out RBI single by Aidan Elders and a two-out RBI double by Matt Walton to grab a 6-4 advantage.

“I was a bit nervous. I just wanted to go with the pitch and put it in play,” Elders said of his RBI single. “It was a fastball and I just went up the middle with it.”

Elders, who earned a save in Darien’s 3-1 victory last Monday against Wilton, took control on the mound once again.

The righthander entered Wednesday’s contest in the top of the fourth and closed things out. Stamford North went down in order in the fifth and sixth innings.

“I just try to stay calm, throw strikes and trust my defense,” Elders said. “Last year, we didn’t do well in the District 1 tourney. So to reach the final this year is pretty cool.”

Darien coach Wesley Yusko is pleased with the character of his All-Stars.

“The kids have been great at focusing on the job,” Yusko said. “We like to see our starting pitcher go about 35 to 50 pitches and then it’s Aiden (Elders) time. This group has had fun.”





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WP—Aidan Elders. LP—Thibaud Rubin.