ST. LOUIS, MO. — For the second time this season, Fairfield and Wilton met on the baseball diamond.
This stage, however, was on a much bigger stage than their rain-shortened meeting in the final of Wilton's baseball tournament. The fifth-ranked (3A) Trojans and Beavers took the field at Busch Stadium just minutes after the St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up its three-game series with the Miami Marlins on Sunday in a memorable opportunity for both schools.
In the end, Wilton avenged its earlier-season loss to Fairfield thanks to a late rally that produced an official 3-2 victory. For the game to officially count, only the first seven innings of the contest went into the record books to determine the official final score and the official statistics for both teams.
As such, the two runs Wilton scored in the bottom of the seventh to get their first lead of the day gave the Beavers the victory. Wilton would score another run in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth for what would be a 7-2 win over the nine innings played between the two teams on Sunday at Busch Stadium.
It was Fairfield's first trip to the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006. One year earlier, the Trojans made the trek to play in the older Busch Stadium against Southeast Conference rival Keokuk.
Several different players got the chance to contribute for both teams in the contest. Fairfield used nine different pitchers over the nine innings, seven of whom earned official varsity innings.
Sophomore Giovanni Cingire came off the bench and had Fairfield's only extra-base hit, a double in the fifth inning. Bryan Buch came in one inning later and scored a tiebreaking run during a seventh-inning rally that was culminated by eighth-grader Graham Kuehl's RBI infield single.