WESTPORT, Conn. – On the day it lost one of its founders, the Westport Little League 12-and-under softball team captured its first District 2 championship in 15 years.
Westport outslugged Fairfield, 14-13, in a 13-inning game that required two days to complete. The victory came on the day of the death of Bill Meyer, a founder of the league and longtime softball umpire in Westport. One of the fields in Westport is named after Meyer, who died Saturday at the age of 85.
Westport and Fairfield began their epic game Friday, and were tied 11-11 after six innings. The game was tied at 13-13 after nine innings, and it resumed on Saturday morning.
Emily Stone drive home the winning run and Sophia Alfero pitched four scoreless innings. The win gave Westport its first Major Division championship since 1999. The league did win the 10-11-year-old District 2 title last year.
The victory sends Westport to the Division 1 tournament, where it will play on Saturday, July 5, at 1 p.m. in Orange. The complete Division 1 tournament schedule is online.
Westport’s tam is Catherine Connell, Alison Green, Tilly Yacenda, Emily Stone, Samantha Levin, Madeline Howard, Erica Fanning, Sophia Alfero, Erin McWhirter, Maddie McGarry, Katie Feinberg, Natalie Schenck and Ellie Klein. Mark McWhirter is the team manager and coaches are Louis Alfero, Christopher Fanning and Rosanna Alfero.
Westport’s 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars also opened District 2 tournament action with a 2-1 win over Trumbull on Saturday. Sonia Trinkle’s walk-off triple delivered the winning run, and Gigi Izzi scored Westport’s first run and outpitched her strong Trumbull opponent.
Girls will be wearing black arm bands for the duration of the tournaments to honor Meyer.
Team photo: Top Row: Coach Chris Fanning, Coach Louis Alfero, Catherine Connell, Erin McWhirter, Madeline Howard, Natalie Schenck, Kate Feinberg, Maddie McGarry, Sophia Alfero and Head Coach Mark McWhirter. Bottom Row: Emily Stone, Samantha Levin, Ellie Klein, Tilly Yacenda, Ali Green and Erica Fanning.