Fairfield to meet Vermont in New England Regionals

Jamie Flink and his Fairfield American baseball team defeated South Windsor to win the state championship. (Photo by Mike Suppe)

Jamie Flink and his Fairfield American baseball team defeated South Windsor to win the state championship.
(Photo by Mike Suppe)

Fairfield American swept its Little League baseball state championship series against South Windsor National with 10-0 and 12-2 mercy-rule shortened victories at the Harwinton Sports Complex last weekend.
The Americans secured their spot in the New England Regional, where they will open play at Breen Field in Bristol on Friday at 8:15 p.m. against Vermont champions Williston Little League.
On Saturday, right-hander Sam Davenport pitched five innings of two-hit ball for manager Mike Steed’s Americans, striking out six, before Fairfield invoked the mercy rule with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Fairfield American pounded out 10 hits and was aided by five South Windsor errors — leading to seven of Fairfield’s runs being unearned — to key the rout.
Brian Howell went 3-for-3 with a walk and scored two runs, while Jamie Flink added two hits and two runs. Vince Camera chipped in with a two-run single and John Reynolds scored a pair of runs for the Americans.
The game was marred by South Windsor third baseman Zach Hoffman sustaining a severe injury in the bottom of the second inning, when he was struck in the face by a line drive. Hoffman was stretchered off and left the field in an ambulance.
Fairfield scored four times in the first, once in the third and three times in the fourth, before Camera’s two-run single finished it off.
In the bottom of the first inning, John Reynolds reached on an error and scored on Flink’s RBI double. Howell doubled in Flink, then scored on South Windsor’s second error of the frame.
Jack Steed then singled and advanced all the way around the bases on three wild pitches by National starter Brady Ward.
Brian Kiremidjian walked with one out in the third, then scored when Davenport’s grounder was booted for an error.
Leading 5-0, Fairfield American scored three runs, keyed by Kiremidjian’s RBI double, to increase its margin to 8-0.
Both of South Windsor’s base hits came from catcher Julian Davenport, who had a pair of singles.
After facing Vermont on Friday, Fairfield plays Maine champions Falmouth on Saturday at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the Americans will tangle with Goffstown Junior Baseball Little League, the New Hampshire champions, at Sunday night at 8.

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