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Wednesday, August 5 Little League World Series

Westport outlasts Fairfield to claim Little League District 2 softball championship

Westport beat Fairfield 14-13 Saturday in 13 innings as the two teams wrapped up the Little League District 2 softball championship at Unity Field in Trumbull.

The teams were tied 13-13 after nine innings Friday night before darkness suspended play, and the game resumed Saturday at 1 p.m. Both teams went down quickly in the 10th and 11th innings.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Westport had a chance to put the game away with the bases loaded and one out. But after a mound visit by manager Matt DeSabella, Fairfield was able to get out of the inning with an infield fly and a groundout to third.

In the bottom of the 13th, Westport started the inning off with a single to left field, followed up by a walk. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third with one out, Emily Stone hit a single to that scored the winning run.

"(Stone is) a great hitter that's always has been cool under pressure," Westport coach Mark McWhirter said. "I told her before she went up all we need is a little poke, we don't need to hit one over the fence. I asked her if she could do that; she looked at me square in the eyes and said `yes I can.' It was great."

Westport, which won the state title in its age group a year ago, now advances to state play, which begins Thursday. The 12 district winners will play off to detirmine the state champion. Westport's first game will be on Saturday at Old Tavern Complex in Orange at 1 p.m. against the winner of the game between the District 1 and 4 champions.

"The goal is to win the world series," McWhirter said. "We have to play as well as we can. If we keep playing and advancing I'd say we have as good a chance as anyone."

Ryan Lacey contributed to this story.

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