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Fairfield American Aims for State Title

The Fairfield American Little League 11-12 All-Stars will take the field Saturday to try keep their historic season going. The Fairfield squad is on a journey toward the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. But first, they must take a trip back to Bridgeport.

Ace pitcher and top slugger Nick Nardone said the team is "confident," and thinks "we can win every game," but is not "overconfident." Fairfield American begins a best-of-three-game series against Section One champion Madison at 12:30 p.m. at Blackham Field.

"The kids are ready to move on," said manager Chris Daley. "They are looking forward to the state title." Daley said the keys to advancing will be continuing strong pitching, perfect defense and timely hitting. "No one on our team wants to be the last out," Daley said of the team's frequent two-out rallies.

Fairfield is 13-0 in post-season play, including a victory in the Section Two championship over Farmington and a District Three win against Westport American. The District Three title came at Blackham Field, the same field where Fairfield dominated opponents, outscoring them 115-17 in eight games.

Nardone has been having a magical season himself. Nardone threw a perfect game during divisional play and was named the Most Valuable Player of both the divisional and sectional rounds. He hit two home runs to help Fairfield defeat Farmington during the sectional championship. He also helped lead his town team, the Rays, to the town championship.

Fairfield will also count on Jack Quinn, who has hit multiple home runs and was an All-District player and All-District outfielder Billy McGrath

The series continues Sunday and if necessary on Monday, with the winner advancing to the New England Regional in Bristol. That winner of the regional moves on to Williamsport.

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