Despite the threat of rain, Fairfield American kicked off its run back to the Little League New England Regional final with an 8-0 victory over South Portland, Maine on Monday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Center.
Fairfield, representing Connecticut for the second straight year in the New England Regional, was fueled by Ethan Righter’s stellar pitching performance. Righter tossed five innings of two-hit ball while striking out nine and walking just one.
Fairfield is scheduled to play again on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against the winner of Monday night’s Massachusetts/New Hampshire game. But with the rain, postponements could change when Fairfield hits the field again, with the schedule to be determined as the weather permits. For now, Fairfield is enjoying the time in Bristol.
“It’s very exciting to get the first win. It gets us in the game on Wednesday and one win away from the championship,” Righter said.
Righter had the Maine hitters confused all game, with all nine of his strikeouts of the swing-and-miss variety, with Righter getting ahead early in the count.
“Strike one, you’ve got to have that, you know,” said coach Mike Randazzo. “And I don’t have the numbers, but a lot of his first pitches were strikes. That’s the most important one, and he threw it all game.”
Righter had early run support from Matthew Vivona, who provided most of the Fairfield offense. Vivona hit a two-run home run in the first inning to get Fairfield on the board and homered again to open the fifth.
“I was really excited that first at-bat,” Vivona said. “I was just looking for pitches…
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