Westport Little League outlasts Fairfield National
Updated 10:52 am, Saturday, June 27, 2015
The Westport Little League team had to battle to improve to 2-0 this summer, but its bats came alive in the late innings to ensure a wild 13-8 win over Fairfield National on Friday night at Unity Park in Trumbull.
Westport had a 4-0 lead through three-and-a-half innings, but Fairfield National sent seven to the plate and scored five times — all with two outs — in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead. The big blow was a 3-run home run by Luke DeMato that chased Westport starting pitcher Mark Roszkowski, who hadn’t allowed a hit before the inning began.
Roszkowski didn’t waste any time in getting the lead back for his team, belting a home run to open the fifth inning. Roszkowski hit two home runs in the game to lead the Westport offense.
“He’s a good hitter,” said Westport coach Jack Flynn. “He’s a consistent hitter; he had a great day starting on the mound for us and hit the two home runs. He’s going to sleep well tonight.”
Zach Zobel then hit a home run to make it 6-5, and would add an RBI single later in the eight-run inning to give Westport a 12-5 and plenty of breathing room.
“That was impressive, they made me proud for sure,” Flynn said. “This is only our second game; they seem pretty resilient and we practice. That was needed, coming right back and not letting the other team get comfortable was helpful to our cause.”
The win wasn’t wrapped up yet, though. Fairfield came right back in the bottom of the fifth and its first six batters reached base to pull to within 12-8. With the bases loaded, no outs and the tying run at the plate, Fairfield had three chances to draw closer. Westport reliever Hayden Jamali settled in and recorded two strikeouts and a groundout to end the threat.
Westport would add an insurance run in the sixth inning with an RBI single by Josh DeDomenico, pushing its total to 24 runs in two games so far this summer.
“They’re doing great, they’re a talented team,” Flynn said. “They’re balanced and we’re thankful to have them swinging the bats well. Fairfield National is a strong team; they beat us last year as 11 year olds.”