There can be no doubt now: Fairfield is the Little League capital of Connecticut. Fairfield American will send its third team to a state championship after the 10-11 team won a back-and-forth sectional title game over East Haven, 14-9.
Fairfield came out of the gates swinging, scoring six runs in the top of the first aided by a monster three-run home run by Eddie Shwartz. The Fairfield fans got tense when East Haven stormed right back and took an 8-6 lead by the third inning. Brendan "Bubba" Flynn took his lumps on the mound giving up the lead in the third, but he would not allow another run the rest of his outing.
"I was pretty nervous out there at the start," Brendan said. "But we were saying, if they score, we're going to get it back. We've scored the most runs when we've been down."
Flynn struck out five over five innings and helped his own cause going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI, including the game-tying double. Connor Lynch also had a huge day with a 3-for-5 effort with a crucial RBI triple. In the end, the Fairfield offense simply overpowered East Haven to take home its first sectional championship.
With the victory, the 10-11 squad becomes the third Fairfield American team to reach a state final. They will take on the winner of a game between South Windsor National and Madison in a best-of-three series starting Saturday in New London.
"It's a great summer for our program," Fairfield manager Kevin Flynn said. "We've got three Fairfield American teams in the state finals it's tremendous. You can't help but be proud. I suspect we'll be having a few more kids sign up for baseball in the spring."
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