Farmington U10 All-Stars Fall to Fairfield National

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The Farmington U10 All-Star team’s season came to a close Wednesday with an 11-0 loss to Fairfield National in the Section II final game at Memorial Field in Simsbury.

Fairfield National’s potent offense that batted around in a 9-run fourth inning coupled with an excellent pitching performance by Casey Woodfine conspired to end Farmington’s stellar run.

Farmington, which managed to scrape out just two hits – singles by Brian Collins and Walter Scudder – still had a lot to be proud of despite the loss.

“If you told me weeks ago that we’d be in this position, I’d have thought you were crazy,” Farmington head coach Tom Engle said.

Engle noted that no Farmington U10 team had advanced as far as this one, which won the District 5 championship and the Division II crown.

“Every time they go on Little League fields for the rest of their lives until they are 80, they will see on the wall two signs: 2014 District 5 Champions and 2014 Division II Champions,” Engle said. “The best part is they have two more years together to make something special happen.”

That Farmington was even playing in the sectional championship game was a testament to its fortitude.

Indeed, Farmington dropped its first game of the double-elimination Division II tourney 9-8 to Canton. In that game, Farmington led 8-1 before Canton stormed back with 8 runs in the final three innings.

Farmington came back to defeat Canton, the District 6 champion, two days later and then beat Beacon Falls, the District 2 champion, twice in the same day on July 20.

“They played great,” said Engle, who had one child on the U10 team and another on the U12 team that played Fairfield American in Orange on Wednesday evening in the Section II final game. “The parents were great, too. It seemed like every day I was putting $70 in my tank [to drive all over the state].

“It was all worth it.”

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