First Selectman Mike Tetreau is very pleased to announce that the Town of Fairfield will host a celebration for the Fairfield Little League Girls Softball (FLLGS) All Stars on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the Town Green in front of Old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Road. All residents are welcome to attend. Should there be inclement weather, the event will be moved to the gym at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace.
The Town will be honoring the FLLGS Junior All Stars, 12U All Stars, 11U All Stars and 10U All Stars. Coaches and managers from the four teams as well as parents and town and state officials will be in attendance. Following a brief program, the fun-filled event will have music and ice cream that is being generously provided by Saugatuck Sweets.
FLLGS has traditionally been a strong competitor in summer All-Star tournaments, but in 2018 the success of the teams from the League, was unprecedented. FLLGS entered teams in the 10U, 11U, 12U and Juniors (14U) levels and for the first time ever, all were District 2 Champions.
The Junior’s team, comprised of eighth and ninth graders, competed fiercely in the State Championship three team round robin format. The team won its first two games, but fell short as the bats cooled off against Bristol in the State Championship final. The FLLGS Juniors have now competed in the State Championships for four straight years.
The 10U team competed against Monroe, Trumbull, and Westport at Meyer Field in Westport.
FLLGS President Dennis Nolan said, “This was a team that gelled the more they played together. After a rough start in game one, in a lopsided loss, the team proceeded to play better and better.” Ultimately, the team defeated Westport in the District Championship game. From there, the team moved onto sectionals, but lost to the eventual State Champion, the Milford team.
The 11U team continued the League’s success and built on its own from 2017 when most of the players were 10 and New England Champs. It took the team three hard fought games to defeat a very talented Trumbull team and capture the District 2 banner. From there, the team moved straight to the State Championship competition facing off against five teams from throughout the State including Berlin, East Granby/Granby, East Hartford, Milford, and Wilton. The team went 4-0 against its competition and proudly brought the 11U State Championship home to Fairfield.
FLLGS 12U Team Headlines a Terrific Summer
The 12U team enjoyed the most success of all the groups this year. In total, the spirited team compiled a record of 12-2, winning District 2, Section 1, and the State of CT banners. The team was the first from Fairfield to make the Eastern Little League Softball Regional tournament since 2012.
FLLGS President Dennis Nolan stated, “The team was well balanced throughout its post-season play. Timely hitting, excellent pitching, and shut down defense were evident from this group from start to finish. Making it even more exciting was that most of this group had been together for three years with no tournament wins to show for their efforts.”
In Bristol, the 12U team faced a 10-team competition with state champions ranging from as far south as Maryland to as far north as Maine. Unlike the boys’ tournament, only one team emerges from the East; no New England and Mid-Atlantic Champions, just an East Champion. Adding to the pressure is the double elimination format, two losses and the season is finished.
FLLGS President Dennis Nolan added, “Fairfield wasn’t about to be an early exit from this tournament. They competed in every game from start to finish, defeating New Jersey, Maine, and New York while dropping a 3-2 decision to the eventual East Champions Maryland. The team’s awesome season came to an end in the Final Four with a 3-1 loss to Delaware. The players, coaches, and families all represented Fairfield well during their time in Bristol.”
First Selectman Tetreau said, “Our FLLGS teams played phenomenally this summer. Their strong team spirit, drive and enthusiasm make our community very proud! I invite the entire community to come be a part of the town celebration on the historic town green in September.”
About FLLGS (http://fllgs.org/)
Fairfield Little League Girls softball is its own independent Little League program and represents the entire Town of Fairfield. It is the largest girls’ softball program in Fairfield County and one of the largest in the State of Connecticut with over 350 players participating in spring, summer, and fall seasons. The league offers levels of play from T-Ball to Juniors, spanning the ages of 6-14.
For information or questions, please contact Dennis Nolan, Fairfield Little League Girls Softball President, at 703-431-8011 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Carpenter, First Selectman’s Office, at 203-256-3095 or email@example.com.
The photo shows the FLLGS 12U Team.