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Fairfield American Wins District 2 Baseball Title

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Fairfield American, the Little League team that played in the 2010 Little League World Series, took a step toward qualifying for the big dance again Saturday with a whopping 12-2 victory over Fairfield National to win the District 2 championship.

Fairfield American moves ahead next week to the sectionals, with a game set for Wednesday in Southington.

Fairfield American beat National twice to take the best-of-three series, also winning 4-0 Monday.

Saturday’s game ended in four innings through the mercy rule, which ends any game after four innings with one team ahead by at least 10 runs.

National was down 10 after a single inning. Starting pitcher Robbie Farrussio walked four batters and gave up a few hits before he was relieved, and American blew it open with a three-run double by Biagio Paoletta and a two-run homer by Will Lucas.

Lucas was the American pitcher, and he recorded eight strikeouts, including all three batters in the fourth and final inning. “My fastball was good and I had a decent curve, but I relied on my defense. They’ve made the plays all season and it worked for us today,” he said.

Bill Meury, the American coach, said, “Will throws a lot of strikes with a hard breaking ball.”

He also said, “We got a bunch of bad-hop base hits.”

Nationals coach Bill Llewellyn thought one of the hits was an out and confronted the umpire. He also complained about pitches Farrussio threw that were called balls.

But there wasn’t much he or anyone else on the team could do to stop American, which raised its record to 7-0 and is looking ahead to the sectionals. Meury said the team would have to win about 20 games to qualify for the World Series. The sectionals are followed by the state championships and the New England regionals.

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