by MICHAEL LETENDRE
There’s been a whole lot happening at the Giamatti Little League Center down on Mix Street in Bristol.
Just this past week, from July 20 to 27, the Little League East Regional Softball tournament was played as 10 teams battled it out for a shot at a chance to play in the softball World Series from Portland, Oregon.
Teams from both the New England and Mid Atlantic Region took part in a very competitive round-robin affair.
And the squad from Connecticut – Fairfield Girls Softball – was just one game away from qualifying for the tournament championship contest.
But in the end, Fairfield ended the week with a 4-2 record and in its final game on July 26, Connecticut dropped a tough 6-0 decision to close tournament play.
In an interesting twist, New York faced New Jersey in the East Regional championship game to decide the World Series participant.
In Connecticut’s first game of the tourney on July 20, Fairfield knocked off Vermont 13-2 as Brittany Romero threw a one-hitter while the squad collected nine total hits in the game.
One day later, in a back and forth affair, Fairfield picked up a 7-6 victory over Rhode Island as Connecticut – after seizing a 7-1 edge – had to hold on as the visiting team scored five runs over the final two frames to make it a one-run game but could not inch any closer.
On Monday, Connecticut dropped a tough 5-4 decision to Maine after Fairfield broke a stalemate in the bottom of the seventh tilt.
With the game tied at 4-4, Maine netted one last run to capture a big victory and give Fairfield its first loss in pool play.
One day later, Romero was back on the mound in what was her most dominating performance of the tournament.
In wrapping up a 15-0 victory over hapless Massachusetts, Connecticut smashed out six hits in the winning effort while Romero threw a no-hitter.
It was an impressive effort from the nifty Romero while on Wednesday, July 25, she was at it again.
Romero threw a one-hitter against Maryland as Fairfield netted an impressive 2-0 victory.
At 4-1 to that point, Connecticut moved to the semifinal round and
squared off against a tough outfit from New York.
In Fairfield’s final contest, the Connecticut contingent fell 6-0 to end its week in Bristol.
Romero was certainly one of East Regional best throwers and in five games, she yielded only nine hits and gave up only five earned runs.
Her ERA was an impressive 1.67 while averaging a remarkable .579 at the plate in a team-leading 19 at-bats.
She drilled a home run, collected nine RBI and stole three bases in pool play.
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