The Fairfield 15-year old Junior Babe Ruth team just continues to survive and advance.

The team socked 10 hits and pitcher Andrew Kirkpatrick threw five strong innings as Fairfield lived to fight another day with an 8-2 win over Simsbury on Tuesday night at Tunxis Hill Field.

"They believe they can win," Head Coach Vic D'Ascenzo said. "I give them a lot of credit."

Jamie Power bashed three hits and scored two runs, Tommy Howell socked three hits as well and drove in two runs as the team advanced to play on Thursday night at Kiwanis Field against either Ridgefield or Shelton.

"They're starting together at the right time," D'Ascenzo said. "I think they really believe that they can win this thing."

Fairfield scored right from the start of the game when with two outs, Alex Creta walked and stole second. Howell singled him in and Fairfield was ahead 1-0.

"It puts us in front and we're not chasing," D'Ascenzo said of the first inning run. "We knew we needed to come in and score right away."

Fairfield broke the game open in the second when Victor D'Ascenzo led off the inning with a double. Kirkpatrick walked and right fielder Matt Montani singled home D'Ascenzo to make it 2-0.

After Anthony DiLeo popped out to short, Charlie Meder blasted a two-run double to left centerfield that made the game 4-0.

That would prove to be more than enough run support for Kirkpatrick, who allowed just two runs and three hits over five innings to earn the win.

"He's a smart pitcher," D'Ascenzo said. "It's important that he goes deep in games, and that's what he did today."