For the Wilmington High School baseball team, Thursday marked the start of the postseason. But it was more of the same for the Wildcats.
Like it did many times during the regular season, Wilmington received a dominant performance by sophomore starting pitcher Jack Gillis as the Wildcats had just enough offense to clip Arlington and advance in North Division 2 play.
Gillis fired a complete game no-hitter, striking out eight batters and walking one as Wilmington snagged a 1-0 victory in the opening round against Arlington.
The sophomore lefty has been dominant this year, already earning the eye of scouts from around the Division 1 college scene. On Thursday he did not disappoint with his fastball reportedly not far from 90 MPH, as has been the case throughout the season.
Earlier this week Gillis was named MVP of the Middlesex League Freedom Division, while Mike Curtis, Jimmy Davey and Jamie Hill were all named league all-stars.
Thanks to Wilmington's victory on Thursday, the local nine advanced to face No. 2 seed Masconomet in the quarterfinal round. That contest is slated for Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch.
The winner of Saturday's quarterfinal round faces either Danvers, Dracut, or Lynn Classical in the semifinal.