TRUMBULL >> The Fairfield American Little League baseball team got off to a good start in the District 2 Tournament Monday evening.
PJ Egan led the way for American as he pitched a complete game and added a home run in a 8-3 victory over Westport at Trumbull’s Unity Park.
“PJ pitched his heart out,” American head coach Mike Steed said. “And the toughest three outs to get were the last three, and he did a good job doing it.”
American (5-0) advances to the winner’s bracket game on Wednesday to face Monroe (4-1) who beat National. The two teams play at 7:30 p.m. at Unity.
Egan struck out six, allowed just two earned runs and four hits in the win. Egan also added a home run in the victory.
“We were happy for PJ…he was pressing for one,” Steed said of Egan’s homer.
American jumped out a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first as catcher Vince Camera smashed a 3-run home run.
That lead held until Westport’s Fraser Lyons put his team on the board with a 2-run double to make it 3-2 in the top of the third.
American, however, put the game out of reach in the bottom of the third scoring five runs, as Brian Howell, Egan each homered, and two passed balls allowed American to build its lead.
“Top to bottom, we got kids that can swing the bats,” Steed said.
Westport added one run in the top of the sixth.
“You don’t want to give up home runs, but on a field this size and kids this age you’re going to see home runs,” Westport head coach Andy Thompson said. “Fairfield has good hitters. I expected them to hit a home run or two, it was unfortunate we gave up three.”
Westport will face National Tuesday evening in an elimination game at 5:30.
National falls to Monroe
Like they’ve done all summer, Monroe refused to go away. Down all game, and headed to the fifth inning facing a 4-3 deficit with two outs to Fairfield National, Monroe’s Jeff Nugent provided his team with exactly what it needed.
Nugent blasted a 2-run home run to give his team a 4-3 lead that held for good.
With the win, Monroe (4-1) faces Fairfield American (5-0) Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., while National (4-1) faces Westport Tuesday in an elimination game.
“We’ve been playing them for three years, and never been able to climb the mountain…it’s about time, these kids work hard,” Monroe head coach Chris Kipp said.
National looked to have tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a lead off home run, but it was called off as the runner failed to touch home plate.
National had a few chances to get back into the game after that, but couldn’t quite capitalize.
“We tell them this is done, this is over,” National head coach Dr. Brad Weinstein said of the team’s first loss. “We can only move forward. If we move forward, and take care of business tomorrow night, we’re right back in it.”