2010 Connecticut State Little League® Tournament Results
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Connecticut State Tournament
Host - North End (Bridgeport) (District 2)
At Blackham School

Participating Teams
Section 1 Champions Fairfield American (District 2)
Section 2 Champions Madison (District 9)

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Best 2-of-3 Series:

Fairfield American 15, Madison 4 (4 innings)
Fairfield American 11, Madison 1 (4 innings; TITLE)


Summary:

Fairfield American Little League slammed six home runs over the course of two days, and scored in seven of their eight offensive innings while sweeping past Madison to win the Connecticut state championship at Blackham School in Bridgeport.

Fairfield American rapped out fourteen hits in their opener, a 15-4 victory over Madison, and then collected nine more safeties in an 11-1 win over the same team less than 24 hours later. Both victories were shortened to four innings by the mercy rule.

"The lineup just exploded again, up and down," said Fairfield manager Chris Daley after Fairfield had sewn up the state championship with its second straight win over Madison. "These guys are great hitters."

Fairfield had shown its potential the prior summer, when the same core group of players won the Connecticut championship in the 10-11 year old division. This year's squad picked up where that one had left off, scoring three or more runs in each offensive inning in the 11-1 victory in the title series' first game.

Jack Quinn helped Fairfield open the scoring with a three-run homer beyond the center field fence in the first inning, and after Fairfield added four in the second, Nick Nardone put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the third.

Nardone was 3-for-3 on the afternoon, while catcher Connor Daley added a pair of doubles, and pitcher Eddie Magi collected three hits, scored three runs, and drive in three runs from his ninth-place position in the batting order. Both Daley and Magi chipped in with two-run doubles in the second, and Magi drilled a solo home run as part of a four-run burst in the fourth that capped Fairfield's scoring.

On the mound, Magi scattered four hits and struck out four batters in a four inning complete game effort.

"I can't pick out one guy," said Chris Daley. "Everybody up and down the lineup was hitting tremendously today."

"I heard they were a very good team," said Madison manager Sean Connors. "You can see that. They do everything right. They're well-coached, they have talented athletes, and it's not just one or two kids. They're a pretty deep team."

"Hopefully, it's a three-game series," added the Madison manager. "If they hit the ball the way they did (in Game 1), I think we'll be in for a long day. But if we can play defense, I think we can keep it close."

Madison's fears were realized the next day, as the Fairfield offense continued to churn at a high level in the team's 11-1 victory that clinched the series. Nardone and Quinn again homered, and Nate Klein's walk-off home run in the fourth inning capped a six-run rally and invoked the mercy rule.

Quinn, who was one of Fairfield's top pitchers throughout the international tournament, struck out eight batters and held Madison to just two hits. Madison's run came on Andrew Fitzgerald's home run in the fourth inning.

"This is a special group of boys," said Chris Daley. "We knew we had a special group, but the competition is just going to get tougher. These boys just took care of business from day one."

Fairfield's two-game sweep ran the team's international tournament record to 15-0. The team's closest games en route to the state title were a pair of one-run victories in the Section 1 tournament: Fairfield edged District 4 champion Orange Little League, 1-0, in their sectional opener, and outlasted Farmington Little League, 15-14, later in round-robin competition. Fairfield topped Farmington again in the championship game, scoring in each of the final four innings to pull away for an 8-3 victory. Nardone struck out seven batters over 5-1/3 innings, and also clubbed solo home runs in the third and sixth innings. Quinn added a solo shot in the sixth, while a defensive miscue and Liam Wurzel's run-scoring double keyed a four-run rally in the fifth.

Madison, which advanced to the state championship series for the first time in the league's history, claimed its first-ever sectional title by avenging an earlier loss to Stafford Little League. Stafford won the team's first meeting during round-robin competition, 9-2, but Madison erased a 4-3 deficit with five runs in the third inning and then six more in the fourth in a 14-8 championship game win. Curtis Henry opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second, and after Stafford had moved in front, Patrick Kerins' two-run homer gave Madison the lead for good. Johnnie Ferrante added a two-run triple before the six-run rally in the fourth put the game out of reach.

"Madison's a great hitting team," said Stafford manager Neil Hoss. "And they really hit the fastball."

So too did Fairfield American, as evidenced by their hit parade in the state championship series. And Fairfield proved they could win with defense and pitching as well: after winning the Nutmeg state's title, Fairfield American advanced to the New England Region tournament championship game. Once there, Fairfield edged Rhode Island's Cumberland National Little League, 1-0, to earn a berth in the Little League World Series.

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Linescores:

  Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 R H E
Fairfield American 3 4 4 4 15 14 2
Madison 0 1 1 2 4 4 2
  Game 2
Madison 0 0 0 1 1 2 4
Fairfield American 0 4 1 6 11 9 0


2010 Connecticut District Champions and Sectional Tournament Results:

District Champions
in Section 1
District Champions
in Section 2
D1 - North Stamford
D2 - Fairfield American
D3 - Shelton American
D4 - Orange
D5 - Farmington

Section 1 Tournament
Host - Shelton American (District 3)

Tournament Schedule/Results:

1 - Fairfield American 1, Orange 0
2 - Shelton American 5, North Stamford 2 (10 innings)
3 - Fairfield American 10, Shelton American 2
4 - Farmington 14, Orange 0 (5 innings)
5 - North Stamford 12, Orange 4
6 - Fairfield American 15, Farmington 14
7 - Fairfield American 5, North Stamford 1
8 - Farmington 14, Shelton American 12
9 - Shelton American 2, Orange 1
10 - Farmington 10, North Stamford 9

Standings

W

L
Fairfield American 4 0
Farmington 3 1
Shelton American 2 2
North Stamford 1 3
Orange 0 4

The top two teams advance to the championship game. Standard Little League Baseball tiebreaking rules apply.

Section 1 Championship Game(Wednesday, July 28)

Fairfield American 8, Farmington 3 (TITLE)

D6 - Simsbury American
D7 - Rocky Hill
D8 - Stafford
D9 - Madison
D10 - Montville American
D11 - Moosup

Section 2 Tournament
Host - East Hampton and Middletown (District 9)
At Hubbard Park (Middletown) and Seamster Park (East Hampton)
Championship Game at Seamster Park

Tournament Schedule/Results:

4 - Rocky Hill 12, Montville American 4
5 - Madison 17, Simsbury American 5 (4 innings)
6 - Moosup 7, Stafford 1
2 - Montville American 6, Moosup 4
3 - Stafford 11, Simsbury American 9
7 - Moosup 6, Rocky Hill 4
8 - Stafford 9, Madison 2
9 - Simsbury American 12, Montville American 9 (7 innings)
10 - Simsbury American 9, Rocky Hill 5
11 - Madison 19, Moosup 10
12 - Stafford 19, Montville American 17
13 - Stafford 11, Rocky Hill 10
14 - Madison 5, Montville American 3
15 - Simsbury American 8, Moosup 5
1 - Rocky Hill versus Madison (postponed to 7/27, rain - at Middletown)

Standings

W

L
Stafford 4 1
Madison 3 1
Simsbury American 3 2
Moosup 2 3
Rocky Hill 1 3
Montville American 1 4

The top two teams advance to the championship game. Standard Little League Baseball tiebreaking rules apply.

Section 2 Championship Game (Wednesday, July 29)

Madison 14, Stafford 8 (TITLE)




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