DPW team cleans up at Fairfield's first Wiffle ball tourney

Though both teams were down to just three players, the Public Works and Police departments battled through two more games in the town's first Wiffle Ball Tournament Saturday with the DPW team taking home the trophy.

The tournament, held in conjunction with the town's 375th anniversary celebration, was organized by Craig Kimball, from the town's IT Department. Kimball wants to make the tourney an annual event.

"I think it was a success," Kimball said. "Everybody had a good time."

First Selectman Michael Tetreau said Kimball deserves a lot of credit. "He not only had the idea, but he also did a great job in getting everyone involved."

The Wiffle ball, while now made in Shelton, was developed in Fairfield by David and Stephen Mullany's grandfather, and they were on hand to throw out the first pitch.

The double-elimination tournament started with games between municipal employees from Public Works and Town Hall, and the Police and Fire departments. Public Works easily won its first game, but over on the other field, the game between first responders turned into a pitching duel. Though Wiffle ball games typically last only five innings, that contest stretched into nine innings before the firefighters prevailed.

The next round featured games between Public Works and the Fire Department, and Town Hall vs. police. The Town Hall team was eliminated after falling to the cops.

Public Works got a bye in the next round, which pitted police and firefighters in a rematch. This time, the police came out on top and went on to play the DPW for the trophy. Each team was down to just three players, from the normal six, and because the cops won , a second game had to be played. The time, Public Works came out the winner to claim the tournament crown.

"They had a good pitcher," Detective Peter Bravo said. "I think we played a good game."