Fairfield National teams finish successful summer seasons
Four Fairfield National Little League teams finished summer tournament play last weekend - the 9U, 10U, 11U Blue and 12U teams all won their season ending tournaments. And the 8U White crew finished as runners-up in its final tournament.
The 12U team, competing in the Cal Ripken Xtreme League for the second year in a row, took home the title for the second straight year. This squad also competed in the Route 84 Tournament in 2015, capturing that title as well - giving the squad a three-peat.
Playing teams from Fairfield and Litchfield counties, the team had a great run through the double-elimination event, beating Newtown in the Championship round. Fairfield won 4-3 and 6-1 to sweep past Newtown.
The team finished with a 17-6 record, but hit their stride when it counted, losing only two games in the final three weeks.
Both 11U teams (Blue and White) faced off in the District 1 and 2 Summer travel championship game. In the first semifinal, the White squad jumped out to an early lead on the Westport Minuteman and captured an 11-6 win. The Blue squad faced the Westport Wreckers, looking to avenge their only loss in regular season play. It came down to great pitching, flawless defense - turning two double plays, and timely hitting, with Blue coming away with a 4-0 win.
The two FNLL teams then faced each other with the teams trading the lead over the first three innings. With White leading 3-2 in the bottom of the third, Blue scored five runs, to take a commanding 8-2 lead into the fourth inning. But White fought back, putting four runs on the board in the top half of the inning. The Blue crew stretched the lead to 13-6 in the fifth and closed it out in the sixth, winning the championship 17-6. Fairfield National Blue finished 19-2 over the course of the season. The White squad finished their summer at 13-6.
Competing in the District 1 and2 10U Summer Travel series, the FNLL squad traveled to Darien for the championship game and posted an 8-2 victory to capture the title, wrapping up a 10-2 campaign for the summer.
The 9U Blue tournament team, coming off a successful run in Monroe’s annual 9U tournament, looked to keep the momentum going. After working their way through pool play unbeaten, Fairfield hooked up against Westport in the semifinals, winning 10-4. That victory carried them to the championship game against tournament co-host and crosstown rival, Fairfield American. In a hard-fought game, FNLL won 14-5 over Fairfield American, capping off an undefeated, 14-0 summer.
FNLL fielded three teams in the 8U future stars season, and they all showed great improvement over the course of the summer. The white squad advanced to the championship game of Trumbull’s annual 8U tournament, defeating Fairfield American Red 10-6 in the quarterfinals and the No. 1 seed, Trumbull National, in the semifinals 14-6, but came up just short in the championship game, losing 11-4 to a tough Fairfield American crew.