What can you say about Fairfield American Little League that hasn’t already been said?
Its 12-year-old team scores 16 runs in one inning to close out the district championship against rival Fairfield National. On Wednesday, not to be outdone by their older compatriots, Fairfield American's 10 -11 squad defeated Wilton 14-3 to win the section one crown.
Fairfield American scored eight runs in the fifth inning to go up by 11 and end the game against Wilton for the second night in a row on the 10-run mercy rule.
Wilton was ready for the rematch, or so it thought, starting lefthanded Ryan Gabriele against the predominantly left-handed hitting Fairfield squad.
However, the first batter of the game, Ryan Meury, hit the second pitch of the contest into the right-field seats. It was his second home run in as many days.
Wilton came back in the bottom of the first, scoring a run on a fielder's choice. After two innings, the score was tied, 1-1.
In the top of the third, Fairfield American's Will Lucas hit the deciding blow, a two-run blast that made it 6-1.
Wilton didn't quit, however, pulling within 6-3 in the bottom of the fourth on homers by Collin Kahal and Jack Dooley.
In the top of the fifth, Patrick Steed had an RBI single and Meury belted his second homer of the night, a three-run shot. Fairfield American scored four additional runs in the inning on fielding miscues and errant throws.
Fairfield American moves on to the state tournament, which begins Saturday at the Great Hill Athletic Complex in Haddam.