Westport Little League softball wins District 2, states next
Rocking high socks with stars across them, the Westport Little League softball team has already had a successful summer. A 2-1 win over Fairfield in the District 2 final on Sunday extended the group’s season, and hopes are high a long run is possible.
Westport will participate in divisional play starting Wednesday against North Branford, the town that knocked Westport out of the tournament last year. The teams will compete with New Canaan for a shot at the state tournament.
Though inexperienced in pressure-packed games, Westport pulled out a 1-0 win over Fairfield in 10 innings last Wednesday before winning the winner-take-all match 2-1 in nine innings.
“We have 13 girls on this team, and only two have been in this kind of a game before,” said coach Louis Alfero, who has helped coach this group for four years. “They’re kind of a nervous bunch that hadn’t played in a big game. We didn’t want to put much pressure on them.”
In the three-game series with Fairfield, Westport only scored three runs. It was enough because pitcher Sophia Alfero was in a groove.
Alfero walked just two batters in 25 innings and struck out 11 in the decisive game. She pitched against 12-year-olds last summer and the extra year of experience is paying off for Westport.
“She pitched very well in three games,” Louis Alfero said. “I don’t think we had a passed ball or wild pitch. We shut down (Fairfield’s) running game, which is a pretty big part of their team. We got a couple of clutch hits; we knew this wasn’t going to be a high-scoring tournament.”
Maisie Dembski had the game-winning hits in both victories for Westport, and also catches for Sophia Alfero. Aydan Moskowitz, Sonia Trinkle, Reilly Caldwell and Charlotte Porzio have led the defensive charge.
“This team just came together two weeks ago,” Louis Alfero said. “We work hard on our defense in practice, I’m a big proponent of that.”
With the pitching and defense in order, the sky could be the limit if the bats come alive in the next round.
“It’s very hard to say,” Louis Alfero said. “If we play the way we are capable I think we can get to states. I don’t know too much after that. I had two umpires on Sunday that said this team could make it very far, and that’s a nice compliment.”