After defeating Naugatuck to capture the Section I Little League crown and then knocking off West Hartford twice to win the state title, the Fairfield National 10U team is looking forward to the next step, competing in the upcoming New England Regional tournament this weekend at Varrato Field in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Fairfield National, currently 14-0 this summer, will play Johnston (R.I.) Little League on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the first game of the double elimination tournament.

Teams from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont are also competing in the New England bracket.

The Mid-Atlantic bracket is also being played in Cranston, R.I., with teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland taking part. The winners from the two divisions will play each other on August 15 at 11 a.m.

Fairfield National has advanced this far this summer thanks to clutch hitting, solid pitching and steady defense, according to Fairfield National manager Jack Passeck.

“We got three really good pitchers, John Hietzman, Jack Passeck and Nick Hios,” Passeck said. “They’ve pitched in a lot of our games and have been doing great. Our fielding has been led by Charlie Swanson, Griffin Polley and Garrett Larsen.

We’ve gotten big home runs from John Hietzman, Will Eustace and Reid Winter and we’ve gotten solid play from Paddy Galvin, Brendan Gagner, Brendan O'Hara and Zack Hios.”

Fairfield National defeated Naugatuck 12-1 to win the Section I title and then swept West Hartford in a best-of-3 series, winning 9-5 and 16-6 to advance into the New England Regional. Jack Passeck picked up the victory against Naugatuck with John Hietzman and Griffin Polley each getting two hits.

In the first game against West Hartford, Christian Rasmussen got the win on the mound with Nick Hios getting the save. Charlie Swanson had three hits. In game 2, Passeck, Will Eustace and Heitzman all pitched with Hietzman also belting a home run and Passeck, Eustace and Winter each getting two hits.

If Fairfield National can continue to get clutch hitting, solid pitching and steady defense, there’s a good chance they will play for New England title and then face the Mid-Atlantic champ in a winn-take-all game.

“Because we’re 10’s (and there is no ‘World Series’) this is the farthest we can go,” Passeck said. “We’re excited. We’ve been playing great. It doesn’t matter if someone on the team has a bad game, someone else always steps up.”