Westport little league begins summer with win
Updated 9:36 am, Tuesday, June 23, 2015
When asked what the goals were for his team this summer, Westport little league coach Jack Flynn had a simple one-world answer following an opening night 11-1 win over North End of Bridgeport on Monday. The one word that each and every team from around the world shares as the season gets underway.
The goal seems like a lofty one, but with District 2 producing some of the best teams from New England in the past several summers, making it to central Pennsylvania is a realistically possibility for whichever team escapes the gauntlet of the nine-team league.
Westport dispatched North End in three-and-a-half innings, and will face Fairfield National on Friday in its second game.
“I thought we were a balanced team,” Flynn said. “Our strength is our hitting and we did that (against North End). We were working on all cylinders.”
Pitcher Hayden Jamali got the start and allowed one hit in four innings of work with five strikeouts against North End.
“(Jamali) is effective with his pitches,” Flynn said. “He has a great fastball, and when his fastball is on his curveball is super effective.”
“This team every practice they love to hit,” Flynn said. “These guys enjoy it and they’re good at it but we have to get right back at it.”
In addition to dominating on the mount, Jamali socked a 3-run home run in the third inning to break the game open.
“We have strong hitters, we just have to keep them sharp,” Flynn said. “As we progress through this tournament they’ll have to be aware of the curveball. Everyone can hit a fastball. Repetition is what makes baseball teams great.”
Trumbull American and Fairfield American met in the U-11 final last year and remain the favorites this year with Westport lurking as a possible sleeper.
“We have our work cut out for us here for sure, this is a good win to get under our belts,” Flynn said.