ORANGE >> Already in extra innings, the battle for the Section 1 Little League baseball title will have to wait another day.
Wednesday evening in Orange at Roche Field, the Sectional title game between Fairfield American and Farmington was rescheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in Orange.
This came after more than an hour weather delay due to lightning. The two teams were tied at 1 headed into the bottom of the eighth inning with American up to bat.
The winner of Thursday’s game will face the winner of Madison/South Windsor in the best of three state tournament series starting on Saturday.
Madison and South Windsor was rescheduled for Thursday as well after playing six inning to a 7-7 tie. The reason for rescheduling was due to lack of light at the playing field.
In a pitching duel for most of Wednesday evening, Fairfield was able to take a 1-0 lead as Vince Camera drilled a second pitch ball out of the park.
The score remained that way until the sixth as both Farmington and American were flawless from the mound. Farmington’s Benny Hughes threw six full innings striking out 12 and gave up just one hit. American’s PJ Egan was just as impressive as he went 4 2/3 inning, striking out six and gave up no hits.
American’s Brian Howell came in and pitched the final out.
After failing to score in the bottom of the fifth, Farmington walked and then advanced to third. An error in the infield scored Farmington to tie the game at 1.
American couldn’t muster a run in the bottom of the sixth as the game went to extra innings.
Howell did a nice job of holding Farmington’s offense at bay, as did Farmington’s Ben Scudder.
American’s Howell recorded three strikeouts in the top of the eighth to end the top half of the inning when the game was officially put into delay.