The Fairfield Little League softball team does not tire of winning championships.

Even if they feel eerily similar to previous ones.

Paced by Brittany Romero's complete-game four-hitter, Fairfield claimed the Section 1 title over North Branford for the second straight year with a 3-1 win at Bob Lang Field Wednesday.

"It never gets old," Romero said. "It doesn't feel any different. I feel so excited."

Romero struck out seven and Anna Rasmussen had two RBIs as Fairfield will look to repeat in this weekend's best-of-3 state finals series. Fairfield will play either Mystic or Middletown -- decided Thursday night too late for publication in the Section 2 Final -- starting Saturday at Sacred Heart University at 4 p.m.

"I'm very proud of them," Fairfield coach Jarry Rasmussen said. "They're a happy group."

North Branford's Emily Muzyka had two hits and pitcher Julia Haeckel surrendered just four singles and three runs in six innings, taking the loss. North Branford fell 4-0 in the sectional final to Fairfield in 2011.

"It was a great pitching battle," North Branford coach Russ Senerchia said. "With a break here or there, it could've gone either way."

Fairfield took control in the fourth when Romero broke up Haeckel's no-hitter with a leadoff single. Mary Rose Finnigan followed with a single, sending Romero to third and Rasmussen's fly ball to short center was deep enough to score Romero with the game's first run.

"It felt amazing to score the first run," Romero said. "I was ready to score."

Three straight fielder's choices led to an out and loaded the bases for Kayla Bivens, who socked a single, scoring Maddie Russell, and Fairfield had a 2-0 lead after 3 1/2.

Morgan Bronner's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth cut Fairfield's lead to 2-1, but Michaela O'Donnell's throw to second nailed Bronner trying to stretch it to a double.

"She did a good job," Rasmussen said of O'Donnell. "We were down a few players ... and I was so proud of Michaela because she's usually not out there."

Rasmussen's bases-loaded walk in the fourth scored Amanda Schramm, gaining Fairfield an insurance run. Romero allowed just one baserunner after the fourth inning, striking out North Branford's final two hitters in the sixth to close the game.

"It's a pleasure to watch her evolve," Rasmussen said of Romero. "You think you'd get used to it, but you never get tired of seeing it."

Haeckel breezed through Fairfield's first nine hitters in order and North Branford was poised to strike first in the bottom of the third when it put runners on first and second and one out.

But Romero induced a fielder's choice for the second out, and after Haeckel stole second -- putting runners on second and third -- she struck out Muzyka to end the threat.

"We had a couple of chances early," Senerchia said. "We had a couple of runners on in a couple of big spots and just couldn't get the run in when we needed to."

North Branford was just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

"When there are runners in scoring position, I just worry about the batter," Romero said. "I feel like people are counting on me."

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FAIRFIELD 000 210--3 4 0

NORTH BRANFORD 000 100--1 4 1

Batteries: F--Brittany Romero (W) and Anna Rasmussen; NB--Julia Haeckel (L) and Michelle Theilgard. Doubles: NB--Theilgard, Emily Muzyka.