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Connecticut off to strong start in LLWS

Posted by Joshua Kummins on August 21, 2010

by Eric Montgomery, Minuteman News Center

WILLIAMSPORT, PA – Jack Quinn doubled to center field in the bottom half of the fifth inning to score a pair of runs as Fairfield American went on to win the opening contest of the 64th Annual Little League World Series at Volunteer Stadium on Friday. Quinn scored Chris Howell and Nick Nardone on a 3-2 pitch.“It was a fast ball down the middle,” Quinn said. “They coudln’t walk me.Now known to the world as New England, Fairfield will face Pearlland, Tx. at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Nardone, Fairfield’s ace, was brilliant once again, striking out 10, walking none and scattering six hits against Aubrun, Wash. Eddie Magi came on for the last out like he did to save the previous games against Rhode Island in the regionals.

Outstanding pitching and web gem plays marked the 3-1 victory. Northwest’s only run came on a Robbie Wilson single which scored Casey Manning in the fourth. Auburn stranded eight runners and there were only two extra base hits in the game.

“The defense was lights out,” Fairfield coach Chris Daley said. “There were on pass balls. We know we can throw the curve and know we won’t have a pass ball. I thought that was going to decide the game.”

Nardone’s bounced some of his off-speed pitches which had Northwest swinging most every time. “I did throw a lot (curves),” he said. “It’s my strikeout pitch. I wasn’t hanging them. When I throw them low, I get a lot of ground balls.”

Catcher Connor Daley calls the pitches and the two have been a battery for three to five years which came in handy as Aubrun had runners on second and third in the with no outs.

Little Nate Klein, who sports the best smile on the field especially when he comes up with outstanding grabs at third, led the New England offense, going 2-for-3 and scored the first run of the event.

Fairfield (21-1) never trailed despite being out hit 6-5.

The local boys enjoyed a parade in downtown Williamsport on Thursday night, where they were the first of 16 teams on the route. They were also the first team in the opening ceremonies before the game. The boys have been getting to know players from all over the world on the “campus.

“We have a pool and a rec room near our dorm,” Nardone said. “But to see the games we have to walk a long way.”

Kline is making new friends from far away.

“It’s pretty cool because we get to hang out with kids from other teams,” Kline said. “We play games with kids from Japan – that’s pretty cool.”

DAY 1
New England 3, Northwest 1
Southwest 10, Midwest 8
Caribbean 11, Europe 8
Japan 4, Mexico 2

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