Fairfield 12U wins Blueweiss Memorial championship

The Jeffery Blueweiss Memorial Tournament was held in Trumbull, with Fairfield American defeating Stratford for the 12U title on July 28. Named to the All-Tournament team (front row l-r) are: Trumbull National’s Ben Fero, Tim Lojko and Al Paolozzi, and Trumbull American’s Stephen Ioli and Luke Lamy; (second row) Monroe’s Vinny Sampieri and Mike Marella, Stratford’s Gabe Avila, Tyler Vancho and Emilio Jasso, and Fairfield American’s Mike Randazzo, Greg Calabrese and Chris Borter. Missing from photo is Monroe’s Mike Wisentaner.

The Jeffery Blueweiss Memorial Tournament was held in Trumbull, with Fairfield American defeating Stratford for the 12U title on July 28. Named to the All-Tournament team (front row l-r) are: Trumbull National’s Ben Fero, Tim Lojko and Al Paolozzi, and Trumbull American’s Stephen Ioli and Luke Lamy; (second row) Monroe’s Vinny Sampieri and Mike Marella, Stratford’s Gabe Avila, Tyler Vancho and Emilio Jasso, and Fairfield American’s Mike Randazzo, Greg Calabrese and Chris Borter. Missing from photo is Monroe’s Mike Wisentaner.

The Fairfield American 12U Little League All-Stars may not have ended their season the way they would’ve liked, with a District II title, but the locals ended their season on a high-note by winning the second annual Jeffrey Blueweiss Memorial Tournament with an 11-1 four-inning victory over Stratford in Trumbull on July 27.
“We really struggled with the timely hit at times this summer, but tonight we got it,” coach Mike Randazzo said. “These kids just came out and smacked the ball around.”
Mike Randazzo started on the hill for Fairfield, allowing just one hit in three innings, before Greg Calabrese came on in relief to finish out the win.
Connor Boyle led Fairfield with two home runs, both solo shots, while Calabrese added a homer and John McMillian hit a two-run home run.
Jeff Meyers, Chris Borter, Sam Meyers, Chris Benton all added hits, while Finn Duran had two hits and two RBIs.
Borter led off with a double in the top of the first, and later came around to score after stealing third and going home on an errant throw from the Stratford catcher.
Calabrese and Boyle opened the second with back-to-back home runs. After Jake Schwartzstein flew out to center, Benton, Jeff Meyers and Duran each singled, with Duran driving in Benton.
Chris Borter’s sacrifice fly drove in Meyers, before McMillian hit a two-run homer to stretch the lead to 8-0.
Fairfield tacked on three more runs in the third. Boyle led off with a homer, then Benton and Meyers walked. Duran drove in Benton and Mike Randazzo drove in Meyers to give Fairfield an 11-0 lead.
Dillon Higgins got Stratford on the board with two outs in the fourth with a deep homer to left and Alex Morse followed with a single, but a groundout to Calabrese ended the game.
“It’s fantastic,” coach Randazzo said. “I’m sorry to see it end. We’ve been working with most of these boys for three years. They become family. They spend seven-eight weeks together, same with the parents.
“It’s tough when it’s over. This is not easy to end this tonight. They have to move on, but I’ll tell you its been a great group of boys.”

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