Westport U-10 All-Stars win District 2 Little League title
Updated 10:37 pm, Wednesday, July 13, 2011
For the first time since 2007, a Westport Little League team is the champion for District 2.
Westport's Little League All-Stars won the 10-year olds District 2 title Sunday with a 4-2 victory over Fairfield American in the championship game at Unity Park in Trumbull.
The last time a Westport team won District 2 was when the Westport American League 10 and 11 year old All-Stars did it four years ago. Moreover, Westport beat a powerhouse Fairfield American League program that has had teams go to New Englands and last year, its 11 and 12 year old team went to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series.
"It's hard to argue with the success of their program and you have to say they were the favorites," Westport Coach Tim Rogers said.
This is the first time Westport Little League has one charter instead of two (American League and National League). Rogers believes that combining everyone into one all-star team made the squad more formidable because the talent isn't divided between two all-star teams.
Right-hander Chad Knight started for Westport and pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
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"Chad is a horse," Rogers said. "He throws hard and has good control."
Knight was the winning pitcher and was relieved by righty Chris Drbal, who pitched 1 2/3 innings and got the save. Drbal walked none and allowed two hits.
Fairfield took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning but Westport came back with three in the bottom of the frame and never looked back. Westport started the rally with two outs when Alec Burns drew a walk. Max Popken followed with a single and Harry Azadian was hit by a pitch. Sean Hogan, who pinch ran for Burns, scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1. Jack Lieder tied it with an RBI single and Drbal gave Westport a 3-2 lead with an RBI single.
"We were nervous but to the boys' credit, we got three runs back in the bottom of the second and got back in it," Rogers said.
Defensively, Westport got the job done and committed only one error, which impressed Rogers.
"They [Fairfield] hit the ball well," Rogers said. "For 10 year old baseball, you win it by playing defense."
Fairfield had one last chance in the top of the sixth with runners on second and third with two outs. The game ended with a grounder to shortstop Drew Rogers, who threw it to Knight at first for the final out.
"With the tying run on base and its hit to your son, you want to be only the coach but you are also the father as well," Tim Rogers said.
By winning districts, Westport begins pool play in sectionals, starting tonight against Orange at P.J. Foley Field in Naugatuck. Westport plays Southington South at Sunnyside Field in Shelton tomorrow before heading back to Foley Field for its last two games, Saturday against Beacon Falls and it concludes pool play Monday against North Stamford at Foley. The top two teams play for a berth in the state title game.
"We have a lot of pitching depth and if you play four to five games in a week, pitching depth is critical," Tim Rogers said. "We'll see how it goes and the boys will represent us well."