The Fairfield Girls 13-14 Juniors Softball All-Stars saw its season come to an end earlier this week with a tough 11-1 loss to Pawcatuck in the Eastern Regional Tournament.
Pawcatuck went on to win the Eastern Regional and advance to the World Series in Kirkland, Wash.
Before falling to Pawcatuck, Fairfield lost to Team Massachusetts 2-0 and defeated Maine 7-0.
“There was no district play because no other town from District II had a team, so we automatically advanced to Sectionals,” Fairfield manager Matt DeSabella said. “And then we beat Torrington twice to advance into the Eastern Regionals.”
In Fairfield’s win over Portland, Maine, Meghan Geraghty pitched a complete game shutout (seven innings), striking out nine. Nicole Kerstetter went 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, Tori Lucia went 1-2 with two RBI and one run scored, Cam Johnson went 1-2 with an RBI and one run scored and Sophie Sancho went 1-4 with an RBI and one run scored.
“We got good production from a lot of the girls most nights,” DeSabella said. “They did well. They worked hard in the practices because we pushed them a bit, knowing that they’re going into high school next year and will likely play for their high school teams, we worked them, conditioning-wise and they responded.”
Especially against Maine when Fairfield scored five runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings, breaking away from a tightly-contested game.
“When we defeated Maine, the girls were on top of the world,” DeSabella said. “I’ve been coaching these girls in various stages for the last five, six years and they were excited. They kept saying that they weren’t tired, they were in shape and it showed on the field. They were all pumped up. That made me feel good because they put the time and the work in.”
The team consisted of: Elizabeth Doolan, Mallory Elliott, Meghan Geraghty, Colleen Hinds, Camryn Johnson, Nicole Kerstetter, Tori Lucia, Jayne Magliocco, Emily Pinto, Molly Reynolds, Sophie Sancho, Emily Sforza and Genevieve Tiago.
“The season was a lot of fun,” DeSabella said. “The girls did a lot of things together on and off the field and I really liked the ‘family’ kind of team we had. The girls were very tight with each other and that made for a great season.”