Fairfield earns Section I softball title

Fairfield’s Section I Championship team: (first row l-r)  Emma Romeo, Caitlyn Romero, Bella Bookas, Molly Meehan, Samantha Juthnas, Caroline Belinsky, Serena Ta, Jasmine Castro, Haley Bivens, Margaret Nolan, Bridget Keary, Kylee Holderied and Sarah Szuchman; (second row) coaches Jim Keary, Chris Meehan and Mark Szuchman.

Fairfield’s Section I Championship team: (first row l-r) Emma Romeo, Caitlyn Romero, Bella Bookas, Molly Meehan, Samantha Juthnas, Caroline Belinsky, Serena Ta, Jasmine Castro, Haley Bivens, Margaret Nolan, Bridget Keary, Kylee Holderied and Sarah Szuchman; (second row) coaches Jim Keary, Chris Meehan and Mark Szuchman.

Fairfield’s 9/10 All-Stars blanked Seymour for a second consecutive game on Thursday, winning the Connecticut Section I Little League softball title 3-0 at Wallingford’s Pragemann Park.
The win clinched a state championship berth for Fairfield, which won five straight games after losing the opening game against Orange on July 17.
Fairfield is 10-1 in All-Star play and will now meet Waterford South, the Section II champions, in the best-of-three state championship series beginning this Saturday at Unity Park in Trumbull.
Haley Bivens gave up a lone hit and struck out nine Seymour hitters, getting plenty of defensive support, including two fine outfield plays from right fielder Emma Romeo.
Bella Bookas, pinch running for Caitlyn Romero, scored Fairfield’s first run in the fourth, after Sarah Szuchman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Kylee Holderied led off the fifth with a triple to left and scored on Samantha Juthnas’ sacrifice bunt.
Caroline Belinsky drove in Molly Meehan with the third run on a hard-hit single to centerfield.
The winners of the state championship tournament will represent Connecticut in the Northeast Regionals.
State tournament schedule:
Saturday, July 27: 11 a.m. vs Waterford South, Unity Park, Trumbull.
Sunday, July 28: 12 p.m. vs Waterford South, Unity Park.
Monday, July 29 (if necessary): 6 p.m. vs Waterford South, Unity Park.

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