Fairfield National advances to Eastern Regional

Fairfield National captured the inaugural Little League Intermediate Division state title. Team members (front row l-r) are: Matt Coda, Matt Cerminaro, Nick Lynch, Izakke Zuckerman and Carter Kral; (second row) coach Mike Coda, Dillon Martin, coach Rob Martin, Tyler Llewellyn, Jackson Twining, Aristotle Proskinitopoulus, Bryan Azarian, Joey Mancini, Sean Sigmund and manager Bill Llewellyn.

Fairfield National captured the inaugural Little League Intermediate Division state title. Team members (front row l-r) are: Matt Coda, Matt Cerminaro, Nick Lynch, Izakke Zuckerman and Carter Kral; (second row) coach Mike Coda, Dillon Martin, coach Rob Martin, Tyler Llewellyn, Jackson Twining, Aristotle Proskinitopoulus, Bryan Azarian, Joey Mancini, Sean Sigmund and manager Bill Llewellyn.

Fairfield National Little League won the first-ever Connecticut state title for Little League Intermediate (50/70) baseball division after playing Coginchaug Little League in a best-of-three series in Durham July 13-14.
Fairfield National defeated Coginchaug in two games to become Little League Baseball’s inaugural Intermediate 50-70 champs. They out scored Coginchaug, 45-9.
Fairfield National was led by the hitting of Joey Mancini with three home runs, Bryan Azarian with two home runs and Tyler Llewellyn, Dylan Martin, Matt Cerminaro and Carter Kral with one home run each.
Izaake Zuckerman added two doubles and Sean Sigmund had four hits.
Also contributing to the title-winning performance were Dylan Martin, Nick Lynch, Matt Coda, Jackson Twining and Aristotle Proskinitopoulus.
The boys are coached by Rob Martin and Mike Coda. The team is managed by Bill Llewellyn.
“Since the Intermediate Division was new to Little League, our approach was to play all of our games as backyard baseball,” Llewellyn said.
“Kids could play whatever position they wanted, since we wanted them to have fun and enjoy playing the game without any pressure.
“Kids who never had a chance to pitch or play catcher for their little league teams were now able to do so.
“I think we achieved our goal, since almost everyone of our boys stuck around for the playoffs and now they are Connecticut state champions and playing for a chance to go to California and play for the first ever Intermediate World Championship.”
Fairfield National won the District II championship when they faced then eliminated Fairfield American.
Fairfield National will represent Connecticut in the Eastern Regional tournament at Cedar Road Park in East Northport, Long Island from Friday, July 19 through Thursday, July 25.
The winner of this tournament will advance to the Little League Intermediate World Championship in Liverpool, California the week of July 30 through Aug. 5.
For more information on Little League Intermediate (50/70) baseball visit littleleague.org/intermediate5070.

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