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Mercy! 9-10s Head to State Final

The Fairfield American 9-10 Little League team needed extra innings to get to the sectional championship, but not even an entire game to capture the title. Fairfield trounced Shelton 14-3 in a mercy-rule shortened four-inning game to move on to the state title series.

"We put a lot of runners on base, very fast," Fairfield head coach Bill Meury said. "When you're playing good defense, you're not walking a lot of people, and everyone who gets to the plate puts the ball in play -- that's why the score got lopsided so quickly."

Fairfield American got stellar pitching from starter Ryan Meury and Matt Kubel in 1? innings of relief.

Will Lucas got the Fairfield offense rolling with a two-run double off the centerfield wall. Kubel and Henrick de Jounge also came up with big hits, taking advantage of walks given up by Shelton pitching.

American now plays a best-of-three series to decide the Connecticut state title against the winner of Waterford versus Avon. The series starts Saturday at Springdale Park in Stamford at 6 p.m. Coach Meury says if his team sticks to the fundamentals, the state title should be within reach.

"We have three starting left-handed pitchers and if they throw strikes and we put the ball in play, we've got as good a chance as anybody," Meury said. "This is a very disciplined team and we don't make a lot of mistakes. If they play like they did in the sectionals, they'll do just fine."

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