HADDAM >> The Williamsport dream is alive for the Old Saybrook and Madison Little League baseball teams.
Old Saybrook, behind a terrific pitching performance from Toby Marineau, defeated Cromwell, 11-3, while Madison topped East Hampton, 7-2, in the District 9 semifinals Tuesday night at the Great Hill Complex.
The best two-of-three championship series will begin on Friday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. at Great Hill. The teams will meet again on Saturday at noon. If necessary, a third game will be on Sunday at noon.
Old Saybrook won the district championship in 2006 but hasn’t been to the finals since.
“It’s been a long time,” said Old Saybrook manager Jim Bergeron. “We’re a small town. It’s just a great group of kids playing with a lot of heart. These kids are on fire. I don’t think anything can stop these guys.”
Old Saybrook’s Jaden Rolon blasted a three-run homer over the rightfield fence in the first inning that gave Saybrook a 5-0 lead.
“It just kind of took the pressure off of everybody and set the tone for the game,” said Bergeron.
Old Saybrook added three more runs in the fourth on RBI singles from Davis Brown and Marineau.
Marineau, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, allowed just three hits and struck out six in five innings. Rolon pitched the sixth.
“We’ve got two very good pitchers this year and you saw both today,” said Bergeron.
Brown had three hits and an RBI, while Rolon had two hits and four RBIs.
Nick Polizonis had a pinch-hit two-run single for Cromwell in the fourth inning. Also for Cromwell, Tyler Baldwin had two hits and two runs scored, while starting pitcher Emilio Acosta had two hits, including an RBI double in the sixth inning.
Both Old Saybrook and Madison went undefeated in pool play.
Madison won the district championship as 11s a year ago and went 2-2 in sectionals.
“The boys are excited to be back,” said Madison manager Teg Cosgriff. “That was definitely a goal to get back for this.”
Madison got four shutout innings from starting pitcher Emmett Tolis and a two-run homer from Ian Butler against East Hampton.
Also, Zack Matkin went 3-for-3 for Madison.
“It’s a great group of kids,” said Cosgriff. “We’re excited to play Old Saybrook. We’ll see how it goes.”