After enduring a one-hour, 43-minute rain delay and extra innings, Charlie Roof finally sent Westport Little League home a winner.
Roof's two-run, two-out double in the top of the seventh inning propelled Westport's 12-year-old all-stars over Edgewood 5-3 on Tuesday in the Section 1 final at Scalzi Park in Stamford.
"It's huge, huge," Westport manager Tim Rogers said of Roof's hit, which split two outfielders and bounced over the right-center field fence on one hop.
Now 10-0 dating back to the start of pool play, Westport advances to the best-of-three state finals against either South Windsor or Coginchaug. The series begins Saturday in Southington at 3 p.m.
"That's a great team," Rogers said, referring to District 5 champion Edgewood. "To win that is everything. We preserved our pitching. It's great."
Max Popken came on in relief with one out and none on in the seventh to earn the save. He walked one, but retired the final two batters.
Westport was one out away from advancing in the sixth inning -- ahead 3-2 after an RBI single by Ricky Offenberg -- before Edgewood's Cory Fredette socked a towering home run to center off reliever Chad Knight.
Knight, a right-hander, no-hit Edgewood in an 8-0 win July 18, striking out 13. In relief of starter Harry Azadian on Tuesday, Knight earned the win with 1 1/3 innings.
"I had a pit in my stomach after that (home run). That's for sure," Rogers said.
With Edgewood starter Noah Plantamuro out after hitting the 85-pitch limit, Westport took advantage of reliever Shane Caron's wildness. The reliever walked the bases loaded with two outs before Roof's opposite-field, extra-base hit.
"I was just trying to swing at strikes," Roof said. "I just saw the ball coming. I just swung away."
Westport jumped ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Tatin Llamas, but with one out in the bottom of the inning -- three outs from an official game -- a deluge of rain and lightning forced a delay.
When play finally resumed at 9:33 p.m., Azadian returned to the mound for Westport after surrendering just three hits over the first three-plus innings.
Edgewood evened the score 2-2 with none out in the fourth inning on an RBI groundout by Josh Nohilly.
Westport had mutliple chances to pull ahead of Edgewood, but stranded five runners over the first five innings. It left the bases loaded in the third inning after putting two men on with no outs.
Nohilly homered in his first at-bat with none on and two out in the first inning to make it 1-1 at the time.
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WESTPORT 5, EDGEWOOD 3 (7 innings)
WESTPORT 100 101 2 -- 5 8 0
EDGEWOOD 100 101 -- 3 4 2
Batteries: W--Harry Azadian, Chad Knight (6, W), Max Popken (7, SV) and Matt Stone. E--Noah Plantamuro, Shane Caron (7, L) and Dave Bernier.
Doubles: W -- Chris Drbal, Charlie Roof. Triples: W -- Drbal. Home runs: W -- Tatin Llamas. E -- Josh Nohilly, Cory Fredette.