FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield’s Little Leagues boasted three state champions this summer for the second year in a row. The Board of Selectmen took time to honor the young stars Wednesday afternoon before its regular meeting.
Fairfield’s most successful team this summer was the Little League Girls Softball 11- and 12-year-old squad. The girls won the New England Regional Championship and came just one game short of going to the Little League Softball World Series. This year’s squad included Alice Nelson, Brittany Romero, Mary Rose Finnegan, Emma Houghton, Gabriella Natoli, Anna Rasmussen, Madison Burress, Sarah Cotto, Eliza Elliot, Erin Rosengren and Julia Wilson. It was led by coaches Dave McCartney, Jarry Rasmussen and Doug Romero.
The town also had repeat champions from the Fairfield American Little League. The 11-and-under team took home the Connecticut state championship. They won the state title last summer as 10-year-olds. This year’s team was: Will Lucas, Matthew Clarkin, Matt Kubel, Drew McAvey, Ryan Meury, Chris Meyers, Patrick Steed, Henrik de Jounge, Michael Ghiorzi, Danny Kiernan and Biagio Paoletta.
Also from Fairfield American was the 12-and-under team, which also won the state championship for the second year in a row. They came just two games shy from returning to the Little League World Series this summer. This year’s team included: Sean Gutierrez, Connor Lynch, Philip Vlandis, Reed Szemplinski, Brendan Flynn, Connor Devaney, Jon Annuzzi, Eddie Schwartz, Brendan Bucher, Grant Carnemark, Jack Oricoli, Brendan Layne and Aidan Kudzy. Their coaches were Kevin Flynn, Brendan Lynch and Steven Kudzy.
“There are a lot of teams in this hall that know how you’re feeling,” coach Flynn said to his team. “But not a lot of teams in the country know what it’s like.”
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