New Fairfield 12-year-olds win baseball title
No win. however, was more important than last Sunday's 2-1 extra-inning victory over the
to capture the
Westchester-Putnam Baseball Association
Championship in Bedford, N.Y.
New Fairfield represented the league's Gold Division and the Tigers (24-0) were the champions of the Blue Division.
New Fairfield scored first in the contest with a run in the third inning. Dan Hopper (2-for-3) doubled and Mike Moruzin (2-for-2, double) sacrificed him to third.
Pitchers Kyle Cesareo
The New Yorkers' run came with two outs on a single and a double, followed by an infield grounder that the batter beat out for an RBI single.
With the score tied, neither team could get a runner past second base in the seventh inning. The pitching for both teams dominated the game and the hitters tried to scratch out a run or a game-winning rally. That happened in the top of the eighth-inning with New Fairfield at bat.
Hopper and Moruzin, the heroes of the third inning, delivered back-to-back singles. Kren bunted to advance the runners. Hopper came around from second to score, but the run was negated when the umpires ruled that Kren was out of the batter's box when he hit the ball. Kren was ruled out and the runners were returned to their bases.
Sean Wekerle (1-for-3) then smacked a clean single that scored Hopper.
The Tigers attempted to get another rally going in the bottom of the inning. Their leadoff batter singled, only to become the front end of a double play when Cesareo fielded a grounder, beat the runner to the bag and fired to first for the second out. The last hope for Larchmont died on a soft popup to third.
Offensively, Dan Benzing added a hit in two trips to the plate, and Cesareo and Doyle combined for eight strikeouts.
Other players on the team were Anthony Valentini ,