American's win, National's lose in winner's bracket action

Fairfield American defeated Westport, 8-3, and Fairfield National lost a 4-3 decision to Monroe in the District 2 U12 Little League winner’s bracket semifinals at Unity Park in Trumbull on Monday night.
Fairfield American will play Monroe on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and the winner will advance to the championship round on Saturday, July 12, at 4 p.m. Fairfield National meets Westport in an elimination game on Tuesday, July 8, at 5:30 p.m. All games are at Unity Park.
Fairfield American took a 3-0 lead over Westport in its first at bat, when Vince Camera hit a three-run home run to plate John Reynolds and Jamie Flink, who had opened the frame with singles.
Westport made it 3-2 in the  third on Frasier Lyon’s two-run single, but Fairfield American’s P.J. Egan held his rivals in check before giving up a run in the sixth.
Fairfield American, meanwhile, scored five runs on four hits and a walk to grow its lead to 8-2 in the home third.
Brian Howell opened the rally with a home run to right field. After a walk to Camera, Lyons lashed a home run over the fence in left-center field.
Jack Steed and Brian Kiremidgian followed with singles and eventually scored on wild pitches.
Steed at second base made an outstanding play on a ball hit to his right with a runner in scoring position to end the Westport fourth.
Howell started and assisted on a 6-6-3 double play to take a Westport runner off the bases in the first inning.
Fairfield National
Monroe’s Jeff Nugent hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to give Monroe a 4-3 victory over Fairfield National.
Nugent’s home run came with two outs and completed a Monroe come back that began after Fairfield National took a 3-0 lead in the home first on Chris Saladin’s three-run home run.
Monroe made it 3-1 in the second inning on Kenny Schneider’s home run.
Monroe took another run back in the third after Jared Kumar doubled to right and scored on Evan LaGuardia’s RBI hit.
In the fifth, Joe Kipp singled through the hole into left field with two out, and Nugent stepped into the batter’s box to face hard-throwing reliever David Summers.
Summers got ahead in the count 1-2, before Nugent couldn’t get around on the next pitch and fouled it off to the right side.
Nugent then turned around a fastball and sent it well beyond the center field fence to give Monroe its first lead..
Fairfield National looked to have tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a home run, but umpire’s ruled the runner had missed home plate. Nick Pariso led off Fairfield National’s last at bat with a single and moved to second on a strikeout-wild pitch and to third on a ground out to Nugent.
Kipp came out when his pitch count reached 87, and Jeremy Rodrigues came in.
He threw a first-pitch strike to Ben Steele with Pariso on third and enticed a roller to Nugent at third on a 1-2 pitch to put the last out in the scorebook.
Fairfield National loaded the bases with two outs in the second on a Steele single, a Michael Murphy double and a Summers walk, but Kipp retired Saladin on a ripped line drive to right field.
Sam Weinstein singled and Seamus Carolan walked in the third only to be stranded.

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