Trip to Williamsport one win away

Brian Howell (3) is swarmed by Trey Hensel (left) and Vince Camera after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning. (Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Brian Howell (3) is swarmed by Trey Hensel (left) and Vince Camera after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning.
(Photo by Bill Bloxsom)

Sam Davenport did the job from the pitching mound, the defense was stellar, and Fairfield American once again showed off its hitting skills when the Connecticut state champion defeated Barnstable, Massachusetts, 9-0, in the New England semifinals at the Little League Eastern Regional in Bristol on Thursday.

Rhode Island also won by nine runs in its semifinal, but Falmouth, Maine took the game into extra innings before Cumberland scored nine times in the top of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie.

Fairfield will play Cumberland for a spot in the World Series on Saturday night at 7 in Bristol. Fairfield won a 5-3 decision from Cumberland on Jamie Flink’s two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning in pool play. That was Cumberland’s only loss in two seasons.

Fairfield took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Flink hit a home run to left field with one out, before Brian Howell and Ian Bentley singled. After a fielder’s choice, Jack Steed had an RBI single to right field. A Barnstable error on a comebacker to the mound brought the third run home.

Brian Kiremidjian, Flink and Howell opened the third with consecutive singles. After a force out at the plate and an infield pop out, Steed lined an RBI single to score one run and two more came across went the ball got past the fielder P.J. Egan singled home Steed for a 7-0 lead.

In the third, Trey Hensel had a base hit to right field and Howell clubbed a two-run home run to complete the scoring.

Massachusetts threatened twice. Barnstable put two men on base on walks in the first inning, but catcher Vince Camera threw down to Steed at second base to erase the runner on a first-and-third attempted rundown situation.

In the Barnstable fifth, a pair of singles and a walk ended Davenport’s outing. Brian Howell came on in relief and put the third out in the books with a swinging strikeout.

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