Fairfield Junior Babe Ruth 15s rock Simsbury
The Fairfield 15-year old Junior Babe Ruth team 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 tonight at Kiwanis Field against either Ridgefield or Shelton at 5:45 p.m.
"They're starting to come 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."
the game open in the second when Victor
D'Ascenzo led off the
inning with a double.
Kirkpatrick then walked and right fielder Matt Montani
singled home D'Ascenzo to make it 2-0.
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."
After Simsbury added a run in the bottom of the second, Fairfield added two more runs when Power reached on an error and was sacrificed to second by Creta's bunt.
Tommy Howell then socked a double to left center that scored Power and made the game 5-1.
After a groundout moved Howell to third, three straight Fairfielders walked to boost Fairfield's lead to 6-1.
Simsbury cut that advantage to 6-2 in the fifth inning, but Fairfield answered back in the top of the sixth. Power singled and then Creta followed with a single.
Howell then singled to score Powell and Creta scored on D'Ascenzo's fielders choice to put Fairfield up 8-2.
Paul Kern pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Kirkpatrick, including pitching out of a
bases loaded jam in the sixth.
"These kids are resilient," D'Ascenzo said. "Everyone contributed and that's why I think they're starting to believe."
According to the head coach D'Ascenzo, playing in Fairfield has a strong impact on the team's growing confidence.
"They're comfortable here," he said. "That's helpful."