Connecticut readies for another trip to the Little League World Series
If you haven’t been following the Westport Little League team’s unprecedented flawless streak, you will starting tomorrow night. They have been undefeated so far, they’re the number one overall seed in the New England regionals, and, tomorrow night, with yet another win, they’ll head to Williamsport for the Little League World Series.
They won yesterday afternoon in Bristol, over Maine, with a 3-0 victory. Now they just have to beat the Rhode island team. And there’s no reason to expect that they won’t – in the regionals, they’ve been perfect with a 5-0 record. All season long, they’ve been perfect – 17-0.
The New England regional championship game is scheduled for 7pm on ESPN tomorrow night. With a win, they’ll automatically go to Pennsylvania for the Little League World Series which starts on Thursday.
While this run has been remarkable in its perfection, we are getting a little bit spoiled in Connecticut. Fairfield County just keeps cranking out good teams – Shelton National went to Williamsport in 2008, and Fairfield American went in both 2010 and last year. But none of those teams has been as good as Westport’s been.
But Fairfield County seems to be the place to be to make it to the Little League World Series – Stamford and Norwalk won it all in 1951 and 1952, respectively; Bridgeport and Stratford lost in the finals in 1950 and 1963; Windsor Locks is the lone Hartford County holdout with a victory in 1965.
And, of course, let’s not forget Trumbull’s victory in 1989, which produced former New York Rangers captain Chris Drury.
Interestingly, other than California, Connecticut is tied for second-most victories of any other state.
And, in a few weeks, hopefully we’ll stand alone with five.
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