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Fairfield 9-10 Softball Team Takes Section 1 Crown

The Fairfield Little League Girls Softball 9- and 10-year-old team won the Section 1 championship Thursday in Wallingford. See story for IDs.
The Fairfield Little League Girls Softball 9- and 10-year-old team won the Section 1 championship Thursday in Wallingford. See story for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed
Samantha Juthnas celebrates after driving home a run with a sacrifice bunt.
Samantha Juthnas celebrates after driving home a run with a sacrifice bunt. Photo Credit: Contributed
Fairfield players celebrate after Thursday's win.
Fairfield players celebrate after Thursday's win. Photo Credit: Contributed
Fairfield players and coaches celebrate after the victory.
Fairfield players and coaches celebrate after the victory. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield's Little League Girls Softball 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars won the Section 1 championship Thursday with a 3-0 victory over Seymour in Wallingford.

Fairfield will play Waterford South in a best-of-three series for the state title beginning Saturday in Trumbull.

Fairfield shut out Seymour for the second straight night behind the pitching of Haley Bivens, who threw a one-hitter. She struck out nine. Fairfield, which lost its opening game of the tournament, rallied for five straight wins to claim the title.

Bivens received tremendous defensive support. Right fielder Emma Romeo made two fine plays to help keep Seymour off the scoreboard.

Bella Bookas, pinch running for Caitlyn Romero, scored Fairfield’s first run in the fourth. Sarah Szuchman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the run.

Kylee Holderied led off the fifth inning with a triple. She scored on a sacrifice bunt by Samantha Juthnas.  Caroline Belinsky’s RBI single drove home Molly Meehan with Fairfield’s other run.

Fairfield plays Waterford South on Saturday at 11 a.m. and on Sunday at noon. The if-necessary game is Monday at 6 p.m. The series will be played at Unity Park.

Team photo: Coaches (from left): Jim Keary, Chris Meehan and Mark Szuchman. Players (from left):  Emma Romeo, Caitlyn Romero, Bella Bookas, Molly Meehan, Samantha Juthnas, Caroline Belinsky, Serena Ta, Jasmine Castro, Haley Bivens, Margaret Nolan, Bridget Keary, Kylee Holderied and Sarah Szuchman.

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