Fairfield American LL rolls with big win
ORANGE -- It's becoming acceptable to call Fairfield American's Little League 12-year-old all-star team "the cardiac kids." American rallied from four different deficits, capped by Jack Oricoli's three-run, game-ending home run, to a 10-7 win over East Haven in the Section 1 tournament opener at Henry Roche Field.
Oricoli's homer punctuated a five-run sixth inning for Fairfield American.
Brendan Flynn got the win with 3 1/3 innings of relief of Oricoli, allowing three earned runs. American won the game in its last at-bat for the second straight contest, and recorded its third come-from-behind victory in its last four games.
"We keep coming from behind because we have heart," Fairfield coach Kevin Flynn said. "We've been there before and we know we're going to hit." American plays again on Saturday against North Stamford at 3:30 p.m.
Fairfield's Eddie Schwartz had three hits, including the game-tying home run, a two-run moon shot to left field that squared the score at seven as American was just two outs from defeat.
"I was looking for a pitch to drive," Schwartz said. "It felt pretty good."
"He has that kind of power," Flynn said.
Grant Carnemark then reached on an error. East Haven walked Flynn intentionally and Oricoli smoked his second homer of the game over the center-field fence to clinch the game for Fairfield.
"That one was deeper than the first one," Flynn said.
That first home run for Oricoli, off the scoreboard in right center, put American on the board 1-0.
In the top of the third, East Haven scored four runs -- all unearned with two outs -- to knock Oricoli from the mound and take a 4-1 lead.
American rallied for three in the bottom half, keyed by Carnemark's RBI double, to cut East Haven's lead to 4-2. Brendan Flynn's two-run single tied the game at 4.
"We're a strong-hearted team," Schwartz said.
But East Haven took the lead again with two runs in the fourth for a 6-4 lead. American trailed 7-5 in the top of the sixth when East Haven delivered a two-out RBI single.
"This was a tough game," Flynn said. "They threw some tough pitching at us."
EAST HAVEN 004 201-- 7 6 2
FAIRFIELD AMERICAN 013 015--10 12 2
Sectional records: East Haven 0-1, American 1-0