The Fairfield National 10U Little League team is off to a solid start in the New England Regional tournament this week in Cranston, R.I., with two wins in its opening three games.

Fairfield defeated Rhode Island 11-1 in its opening game Sunday night at Varrato Field before losing a 6-1 decision to New Hampshire on Monday and then bouncing back to beat Massachusetts 14-9 on Wednesday.

“The kids played great,” said Fairfield National manager Jeff Passeck by phone after the Massachusetts game. “We fought hard. Massachusetts wouldn’t quit but we kept going and going. I’m very proud of them.”

Fairfield played Vermont Thursday afternoon in its final opening round-robin game. Despite the two wins, Fairfield (because of run-differential) had to beat Vermont and have Rhode Island either defeat Maine or New Hampshire in order to advance into next week’s tournament bracket.

Fairfield National — now 16-1 this summer — banged out 17 hits in its victory over Massachusetts, as Paddy Galvin led the way with three hits. Nick Hios a double had four RBIs while Christian Rasmussen had two hits and drove in three runs. Fairfield scored five times in the first to take the lead, added two runs in the second, three in the fourth and put the game away with a four-run fifth to pull away from what had become a tight 10-9 game.

Will Eustace pitched 2.2 innings and John Hietzman pitched 1.2 innings, striking out two.

Against Rhode Island, Fairfield, the newly crowned Section I champs, got two hits each from Hietzman and Galvin and two RBIs each from Charlie Swanson and Eustace as Fairfield used a three-run second inning and a seven-run fourth to win via the mercy rule. Hios pitched three innings to get the victory, striking out four. Eustace pitched the fourth to finish the game.

“That was huge, we run-ruled them,” Passeck said. “It was a huge game. Night game, stands were packed and the kids just buckled down and played great.”

On Monday, Fairfield National lost to New Hampshire 6-1, falling behind 5-0 after just two innings and weren’t able to catch up. Hietzman had two hits for Fairfield while Reid Winter drove home the lone RBI. Jack Passeck and Eustace each pitched two innings. Hietzman also pitched and struck out three.

“That was kind of a let-down game for us because of Sunday night. We were all jacked up to play Rhode Island in front of all those fans, and we kind of got a little ahead of ourselves,” Passeck said. “We got a little cocky, we didn’t anyone could touch us and we were humbled.”

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 next Saturday, August 15 at 11 a.m.