Wilton used a run in the third and two in the sixth to advance past Denver, 3-2, en route to the semifinals of the 2A Iowa high school state baseball tournament Monday night at Principal Park.
Both right-handers Zach Miller and Collin McCrabb held the offenses scoreless until the third, when Cory Anderson notched a triple and scored on a catcher’s interference while stretching for home.
Denver responded two frames later with a Brock Farley two-run double for a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth.
Zach Miller was able to hold Wilton to just five hits over six frames with eight strikeouts, but the Cyclones’ offense was unable to capitalize on its seven hits, and they committed four miscues in the field.
Across the lines, Wilton’s McCrabb went 6.2, surrendering two earned runs off seven hits with 10 strikeouts to notch the victory. The righty dominated the Denver lineup, save for Farley, who generated the balance of Denver’s offense, going 3-for-3 and driving in the two runs on the night for the Cyclones.
Wilton pulled ahead in the sixth, as McCrab was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He would be brought around one batter later as Jared Townsend completed his 2-for-3 night with an RBI double.
The Denver errors would prove costly, as Townsend advanced to third on an error and later scored on a miscue at first the following batter making it a 3-2 ballgame.
Just as Anderson ignited the Wilton offense in the third, he closed out the night earning the save, retiring the last Cyclone on a 5-3 groundout with runners on second and third to seal the victory.
Wilton advances at 26-5. Denver, in its third straight trip to state, ends at 18-14.