Westport sinks Fairfield National (Updated)

Harry Azadian carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, powering Westport’s 11-12 Little League team to a 5-2 victory over Fairfield National at Unity Park in Trumbull on Saturday.

With the victory, Westport captured the District II championship and advanced to the Section I tournament set to begin on July 17.

Azadian, who won the tournament MVP award, allowed a one-out single to Stephen Paolini in the bottom of the seventh for the first Nationals’ hit. Daniel Fallacaro then lashed an RBI double to get Fairfield on the scoreboard.

That was the end of the day for Azadian, who struck out nine and walked two. Westport right-hander Chad Murray came on in relief and sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around a run-scoring single by Owen Polley to seal the 5-2 win.

Azadian helped himself by slamming a towering solo home run in the top of the second inning.

Ricky Offenberg drove in three runs for Westport, while Knight chipped in with three hits.

Alexey Linsenmeyer was charged with the hard-luck loss for Fairfield National.

The crafty right-hander worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on five hits.

Westport struck first in the top of the second inning, when Azadian unloaded on Linsenmeyer’s 2-2 offering — belting it over the fence in right-center field to make it 1-0.

After Charlie Roof lined out to Paolini in center, Tatin Llamas was hit by a pitch and Drew Rogers punched a single to right field.

Chris Drbal was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Offenberg, who hit a sacrifice fly to left field that was caught by Chris Bogan.

Max Popken followed with a sharp line drive to shortstop, but Polley snared it for the final out.

Linsenmeyer stranded nine Westport base runners through the top of the fifth, when Mark Vinci came on in relief.

Offenberg singled with two outs in the fifth, with Rogers and Drbal scoring, pushing Wesport’s lead to 4-0.

Knight singled and scored on a wild pitch to provide Westport with an insurance run in the top of the sixth, before Fairfield National rallied in its final at-bat.

Fairfield, which had just three base runners through the first five innings of the game, scratched across a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, but they weren’t enough, as Westport held on for the 5-2 victory.

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