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Successful summer ends in state final

The summer of softball has come to an  end for the Fairfield 9/10 girls all-star team.
In an epic battle, Fairfield fell to Waterford South 2-1 in extra innings in the best-of-three series finale of the 9/10 Little League softball state championship on July 29 at Unity Park in Trumbull.
Fairfield pushed across a run in the top of the eighth inning, but it wasn’t enough as Waterford South came back scoring two in the bottom of the eighth for the win.
Fairfield’s starting pitcher, Kylee Holderied, with 10 strikeouts, and the starter for Waterford South both had great games reaching their maximum number of seven innings without giving up a run.
Sarah Szuchman hit a pair of doubles to lead the Fairfield attack.
Fairfield, managed by Jim Keary and coached by Chris Meehan and Mark Szuchman, survived a pair of elimination games at the district level and five straight knock-out games in Section I to gain a berth opposite Section II champion Waterford South.
Waterford South now moves on to the Little League Eastern Regional tournament in Old Forge, PA.
Fairfield defeated Waterford South, 5-2, in the opening game on July 27. Waterford took game two, 4-0 on July 28.
In the first game, Fairfield opened the scoring in the top of the third inning.
Bella Bookas pinch ran for Caroline Belinsky after the first baseman reached on an error, and went to third on Sarah Szuchman’s bunt single.
Margaret Nolan’s sacrifice bunt scored Bookas and Szuchman scored on Serena Ta’s double to the left-center gap.
Waterford tied the game with two outs in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two unearned runs on errors.
Fairfield answered immediately with two runs in the fifth.
Szuchman reached with a leadoff walk and scored on Holderied’s two-out single. Holderied scored the fourth run when Bookas walked with the bases loaded.
Sarah Szuchman scored an insurance run in the sixth, reaching on a single and scoring on a wild pitch.
Holderied pitched a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 10 Waterford batters.
In game two, Haley Bivens pitched a great game for Fairfield, including making nine putouts on balls hit back to the circle.
However, the Fairfield bats could not connect when needed the most and Waterford took advantage of some Fairfield miscues as it forced a decisive game.

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