Fairfield edged in Series opener

Fairfield American found out how bruising a Little League World Series can be when the New England champions lost a 6-4 decision to West Region champion Petaluma, Calif. in its opener at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, Pa. on Thursday afternoon.

Not only did Fairfield fall into the United States’ loser’s bracket, the locals’ Ryan Meury was hit a glancing blow in the face by a pitch and had to exit the field in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Fairfield’s starting pitcher versus Petaluma, and its leadoff batter, Meury was treated with ice for the swelling and didn’t return.

Fairfield will play either Kearney, Nebraska from the Midwest or Goodlettsville, Tennessee from the Southeast at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be telecast ABC.

Down 5-2 in that fifth inning, manager Bill Meury’s Fairfield team rallied back.

Dan Kiernan came in to run for Ryan Meury, and after Biagio Paoletta bounced out to first, Will Lucas laced a pitch from lefthanded reliever Andrew White into the right field corner.

Kiernan scored, and Lucas aggressively made the turn and slid around the tag at third for a triple.

He got a good jump with Matt Kubel at the plate and scored on a wild pitch to narrow the deficit to 5-4.

Ultimately, the West’s Bradley Smith had too good of a game for Fairfield to overcome.

While Smith was dealing from the pitcher’s mound, it was at the plate where the 6-3 righthander did the most damage.

Smith went 4-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and a single to drive in three of the West’s runs and scored two others.

Paoletta had two of Fairfield’s six hits, including a game-tieing home run in the bottom of the first inning.

The West took a 1-0 leadon Smith’s RBI single in the top of the first and broke the 1-1 tie when Smith hit a two-run home run in the third.

Fairfield scored an unearned run in the home fourth, and overall did a good job of getting runners on base.

Smith had a knack for getting key strikeouts, however, as he stranded runners on base by getting Fairfield batters swinging or looking at two-strike, two-out pitches in the four innings he pitched.

Lucas had a single and his RBI triple, while Paoletta singled in his second at-bat.

Kubel had a single in the first inning.

Kevin Oricoli singled to open the fifth, and after Chris Meyers reached on an infield error with one out, scored on the front end of a double steal that drew an errant throw to second.

About author

By participating in the comments section of this site you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and User Agreement

© HAN Network. All rights reserved. Fairfield Sun, 1000 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT 06484

Designed by WPSHOWER

Powered by WordPress