Steal of home lifts Fairfield past Easton-Redding

Kylee Holderied stole home with the winning run when the Fairfield Girls 9/10 All-Star team rallied from a 9-6 deficit in extra innings to score four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Easton-Redding in a Little League Softball Sectional elimination game on July 19.
Fairfield will now play Orange in another elimination game tonight at 6 at Pragemann Park in Wallingford.
If successful, the locals will move on to play Seymour for the Sectional championship Tuesday at 6 in Wallingford.
After a 4-3 loss to Orange on July 17, the Fairfield girls came back the next day with a solid 12-2 win over Farmington and followed that up with the exciting 10-9 victory over Easton-Redding.
Following their tough loss to Orange, Fairfield bounced back strong in its game against Farmington.
Haley Bivens pitched the entire game, striking out nine while allowing only three hits.
Emma Romeo scored three runs, Serena Ta went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and Molly Meehan had a clutch two-run double that broke the game open for Fairfield.
With the loss Farmington was eliminated and Fairfield had the opportunity to eliminate another team in its game against Easton-Redding.
Easton-Redding came out strong, taking advantage of some Fairfield mistakes in the first two innings to go up 5-1.
Fairfield showed its resilience, coming back to tie the score at 6 in the fifth inning.
Fairfield’s bats continued their strong performance, as Bridget Keary went 3-for-4 with a triple and Sarah Szuchman had two hits with a double and two runs scored.
Bivens, Caroline Belinsky, Ta and Holderied each doubled and had two hits in the game.
Holderied pitched a solid game for Fairfield, striking out 11 in seven innings.
When the game moved into extra innings, forcing pitching changes by both teams, Easton-Redding came out swinging and put three runs on the board in the top of the eighth inning to go up 9-6.
But again, Fairfield would not quit scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth to win the game on a walk-off steal of home by Holderied.
Three of the four runs scored by Fairfield in the final inning came with two outs.
Notes: Seven of the girls on the team have older sisters who played on other all-star teams in Fairfield.  A number of those girls were part of last year’s 11/12 team that won the Little League New England Championship.

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