FAIRFIELD >> The Fairfield American Little League baseball team has a chance to become the next District 2 sensation this summer.
District 2 has been the epitome of continued success as they have been represented at the New England Regional Tournament the last five years.
In 2010 and 12 American advanced to the World Series. In 2013, Westport made it all the way to the LLWS U.S. title game.
But for the group of youngsters representing American this year, the goal is not to be living in the shadows of the previous teams, but enjoy the summer and see what they can accomplish.
“I don’t feel any pressure to be that next American team,” Charlie Mount said. “I just want to have fun this summer.”
Head coach Matt Lawlor knows there are some big shoes to fill from last summer’s American team that advanced to the New England Regional title game. Lawlor said this group, a majority that have been together since age 8, have a renewed focus after falling in the D2 championship last summer to Trumbull American.
“Fairfield American always has a big target on our back,” Lawlor said. “We’re a little bit hungrier this year and we’re doing the chasing. In a way it was good to lose last year.”
Added pitcher Andrew Wymbs: “We just want to focus on one game at a time and work our way up.”
The new attitude has been the storyline for Fairfield as they have compiled a 4-0 record in pool-play and locked up the No. 1 seed in red division heading into the District 2 Tournament. American will play on Wednesday (5:30 p.m. start, Unity fields in Trumbull).
“We’ve tried to preach this ‘all in’ attitude,” Lawlor explained. “It’s a team effort.”
Lawlor said pitching and hitting are the two main strengths this year. Led by Wymbs at the mound, American can go six-deep if needed, an asset Lawlor knows will be needed if they do advance past the district tournament.
“It’s important because of how many games we have,” said Wymbs of the depth at the mound.
Through the first two pool-play games this past June, American had already hit seven home runs.
“We have good hitting up and down our lineup,” Mount said, who has been one of the top hitters for American.
Aside from the plate and mound, American feels like they are one of the more well-rounded teams and looking to see how far they can go.
“I have my horses but we have guys who can really fill in,” Lawlor said. “Defensively we are sound in the infield and we are one of the faster teams in the outfield. It’s a tight-knit group of kids.”
Fairfield National (2-1) and Westport (3-0), both in blue division, will play on Sunday to determine seeding.