NEW CANAAN -- When Wilton shortstop Brett Phillips legged out a slow roller to third base in the first inning, nobody realized it would be as productive as Wilton's offense would get against New Canaan starting pitcher David Giusti.
Phillips' hit was the only one Giusti would allow, striking out five on his way to a complete-game shutout as the Rams beat the Warriors 8-0.
Along with the five strikeouts, Giusti induced 12 groundball outs while only walking one.
For the right-hander, it was all about pounding the strike zone and trusting his defense to make plays.
"Coach was helping me hit my spots and it just worked out that way. When you hit your spots it is easier to get groundballs and strikeouts," Giusti said. "There is not one person out there that I wouldn't go to war for and I love them all and they all played really well today."
Giusti was aided by an offense that cranked out 13 hits, staking him to a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Nick Cascione led off the first with a double to right field, scoring the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by Matt Toth.
Later in the inning, Brandon Abate drove home Dan Rajkowski and Erik Jager with a single down the left-field line.
Cascione went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs scored, Rajkowski reached base all four times he was up (two hits and two errors) with two and Kane Curtin was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
New Canaan added two more in the fifth and three in the sixth to bust the game open.
The relentless attack mixed with Giusti's dominance was too much for an inexperienced Wilton (1-3) side.
"The thing I was most impressed with was how these guys swing the bats," Wilton coach Tim Eagen said. "They are an experienced team and we are not and you could see the difference. Give (Giusti) all the credit in the world, he does what you are supposed to do, stays around the plate and throws strikes."
New Canaan (3-1) coach Mitch Hoffman said Giusti and the hitters did exactly what they were supposed to do.
"Today was a tough day to hit and he did what we always preach, throw to spots and let the defense do their work," Hoffman said. "Today you keep pounding on them and to have 13 hits on a day that's very hard to hit is good. The bottom of the lineup have picked us up early in the year and today the whole lineup hit and when they all come together, it's tough." Read Full Article