Fairfield National 12s faces elimination game Friday
Published 3:29 pm, Thursday, July 12, 2012
If it wants another crack at its crosstown rival, Fairfield American, the Fairfield National Little League team will have to beat a familiar foe.
Fairfield National will battle Trumbull National in an elimination game Friday night at 5:30 p.m. at Artman's Field in Bridgeport.
Fairfield National beat Trumbull National in its first game at the district tournament, June 26. Fairfield bested Trumbull, 4-1, in its district opener.
Fairfield National's only hiccup in the district 2 tournament came against Fairfield American in a 4-0 loss in Tuesday night's winners' bracket final. Fairfield National will have to beat Trumbull National, then American twice to claim the district crown.
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"We don't do anything easy," Fairfield National coach Bill Llewellyn said. "We always make it harder on ourselves. But that's where the character comes out ... if we win Friday, we're back here on Saturday."
Despite falling to American, Fairfield National's pitching and defense were stellar. National did not commit an error and Reed Moscolo struck out five in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
"It was a great game," Llewellyn said. "We just missed a couple of pitches high, and with the bats nowadays, the ball just goes."
Fairfield National only could muster two hits against American starter Ryan Meury and was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position on Tuesday night.
"He had a good curve ball and he mixed it up well," Llewellyn said. "He got our guys chase a lot of pitches down low."
But despite the lengthening odds, Llewellyn remained in good spirits.
"We get more baseball out of it," Llewellyn said. "That's how we're looking at it."
After coming from behind to beat its crosstown rival, Trumbull American, Trumbull National coach Keith Lojko felt good about his club's chances in Friday's elimination game.
"We'll take our chances with (Fairfield National)," Lojko said. "We played pretty well the first time."