TRUMBULL -- Due to darkness, play was suspended after the ninth inning at Unity Park on Friday night in the District 2 Little League softball championship involving Fairfield and Westport. The teams were tied 13-13 and will resume play Saturday at Unity Park at 1 p.m.
A Westport victory would give it the district title. But a Fairfield win would force a deciding "if" game after the first game.
Ever since the first pitch, both teams came out swinging the bats with Fairfield scoring three in the top of the first and Westport four in the bottom of the inning.
Fairfield manager Matt DeSabella said that every game has been a battle with Wetsport the past three years. So he said he pretty much expected this outcome because it's always close between the two teams.
"Last year they won a championship beating us 2-1," DeSabella said. "And this year in the first game against them they beat us 8-6. It's definitely a rivalry."
Fairfield was able to get five hits off Westport's pitcher in the first two innings. The bats continued to heat up as Fairfield came back in the second inning to add six more runs. Fairfield entered the third inning with a 9-4 lead.
But Westport would not back down. After being unable to retaliate in the bottom of the second, it came swinging away in the bottom of the third, plating five runs, which tied the game at 9-9. A bases- clearing triple with two outs was the big hit.
Westport broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs and was three outs away from a victory, but Fairfield still had an ounce of magic left. With an error by Westport and three hits, Fairfield was able to plate two runs and force extra innings knotted 11-11. It then scored twice in the top of the eighth to take the lead 13-11, but as was the case the entire game, Westport came roaring back in the bottom of the eighth with two runs of its own to tie the game at 13.
DeSabella said he just wants his team to keep doing what it is doing when play resumes Saturday.
"I just want them to have fun together," DeSabella said. "I want them to cheer each other on and just keep doing what we've been doing all year. Just go out and get it done. They're a team, so they're going to go out there and play as a team."
District 2 Little League softball championship
at Unity Park, Trumbull
FAIRFIELD 360 002 020--13 15 4
WESTPORT 405 200 020--13 17 4