WESTPORT, Conn. -- Westport Little League's 12-and-under softball team will play North Branford on Wednesday night in the first round of the Division championship tournament.
Westport advanced on Sunday by beating Fairfield, 2-1, in 9 innings in the District 2 title game. Wednesday's game against North Branford starts at 6 p.m. at Darien High School.
Westport and Fairfield staged a hard-fought war in the District tournament. On Friday, Westport edged Fairfield, but dropped the second game on Saturday. That forced a winner-take-all game on Sunday.
Ellie Doran's RBI double in the second gave Westport a 1-0 lead. Fairfield tied the game in the fifth with an RBI double by Kylee Holderied. Westport pitcher Sophia Alfero and Fairfield pitcher Holdereid battled into extra innings.
Maisie Dembski's hot smash scored Jennifer Westphal with the winning run. Alfero was the pitching star, recording 11 strikeouts.
Westport also won the 12-year-old District 2 title last year for the first time since 1999.
Westport's roster is Alison Green, Maisie Dembski, Lucy Kaplan, Jennifer Westphal, Sonia Trinkle, Jillian Backus, Ellie Doran, Chloe Chaple, Sophia Alfero, Milei Wyatt, Reilly Caldwell, Aydan Moskowitz and Charlotte Porzio.
Westport is coached by Louis Alfero, James Westphal and Rob Moskowitz.
The Division tournament runs through the weekend. New Canaan is the other team in the tournament. Westport plays New Canaan on Thursday. The championship game is Sunday. The Division winner advances to the four-team state championship tournament.
For the complete Division Tournament schedule, click here to go to the Connecticut State Little League website.
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