District 2 Little League: Fairfield National rolls past Fairfield American
TRUMBULL — For Fairfield American, the game meant absolutely nothing. For Fairfield National, however, the game meant absolutely everything.
And Fairfield National played like it did.
Fairfield National put together a six-run second inning and scored at least one run over its first four frames en route to a 10-3 win over its town-rival, locking down one of the four seeds for the upcoming double-elimination portion of the District 2 Little League tournament Saturday at Unity Park.
Paddy Galvin pitched three innings of no-hit ball and two relievers combined to finish Fairfield American, who came into the contest winners of four straight in round-robin play — earning them the No. 1 seed starting on Monday — and averaging over seven runs a game.
“Survive and advance, that’s what we did,” Fairfield National manager Jack Kelly said. “American kind of played the game in a way to help themselves, which I totally get, but we took advantage of some of those decisions. We worked some counts, we got some big hits, Paddy was great on the mound. We did what we had to do to win and we’re still alive.”
Fairfield National and Farfield American will play again on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Trumbull National faces second-seeded Westport at 5:30.
Despite having the entire week off, manager Jeff Gouley decided to rest his two key starters, Pierce Cowles and Will Meyers, while his other top gun, Charlie Yates, pitched just the first inning.
His reason? Set everything up for this week’s double elimination portion of the tournament.
“We have all our pitchers ready, every single pitcher will be rested and ready to go,” Gouley said. “We rested our catcher (Tim Domizio) today, too, quite a bit. … It’s about preparing physically and mentally.”
Fairfield National took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Jack Dean reached on a fielder’s choice and moved to second on a walk. A wild pitch advanced Dean to third and he scored on Brenden Gagner’s RBI groundout.
The six-run second inning, highlighted by three hits — Gagner’s two-run double the key blow —six walks and an error, pushed the Fairfield National lead to 7-0. In the third, Ryan Oshinskie singled, went to second on a single from pinch-hitter Kieren Shea and moved to third on a walk to Charlie Gulbin, loading the bases with no outs. A wild pitch plated Oshinskie and an RBI single from Tyler Humphrey made it 9-0.
“We got on them early and we took advantage of some breaks,” Kelly said. “We jumped on them in the second inning, knowing we had Paddy on the mount with Ryan and Tyler behind him. I give the kids a lot of credit.”
Fairfield American go on the board with three straight singles to start the fourth as Cowles scored on a double play to make it 9-1. However a hit batter, two walks and another hit batter gave National another run, making it 10-1, heading to the fifth.
Overall, five Fairfield American pitchers combined to hit two batters and walk 13.
“We’re never going to win a game playing like we did, walking and or hitting 15 or 16 batters, it doesn’t matter who’s pitching for us,” Gouley said. “The kids are disappointed. We’re disappointed, but by going 4-0 we deserved the right to have a bad game. We didn’t want to have a bad game. … We got it out of the way.”
Jon Morris doubled and scored on a wild pitch and Cowles singled and scored on Donahue’s RBI single in the sixth to make a 10-3 final.
Fairfield American finished with a 4-1 record while Fairfield National had a 3-2 mark. Now, it’s all reset.
“We’re all back to 0-0, starting Monday night,” Kelly said.
FAIRFIELD NATIONAL 10,
FAIRFIELD AMERICAN 3
FAIRFIELD AMERICAN 000 102 — 3 6 2
FAIRFIELD NATIONAL162 10x — 10 6 0
Records: Fairfield American (4-1); Fairfield National (3-2)
Batteries: Fairfield American — Charlie Yates, Rob Donahue (2), Dustin Walters (2), Jon Morris (3), Aidan Gouley (4) and Tim Domizio, Rob Donahue (3); FN — Paddy Galvin (W), Ryan Oshinskie (4), Tyler Humphrey (6) and Charlie Gulbin.