ORANGE — With a near-perfect 12 –1 record, the Farmington Little League all-stars are this year's Section II champions.
The team's single loss was to Fairfield American during the Section I championship game at the Henry Roche Memorial Field in Orange on July 24.
After 12 straight wins, including a 3-2 victory over Seymour, the team advanced to the state semifinals on July 23.
Farmington Manager Dave Conrad had predicted the game would be a pitchers' duel. "It's two good teams and two good pitchers," said Conrad, referring to Farmington's Benny Hughes and Fairfield American's PJ Egan.
"We have the twins – Benny and his brother Nate are the two best players around. They help to elevate the rest," said Conrad. "This is where we expected to be."
The game got off to a quick start with Fairfield's Vince Camera hitting a home run to right field in the bottom of the second inning.
After three scoreless innings, Farmington's Ben Scutter hit a groundball in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Jake Conrad scored a run to tie the game 1-1.
Pitcher Benny Hughes struck out three Fairfield batters in the bottom of the sixth to take the game into extra innings. The starting pitcher was replaced by Scudder for the seventh inning after reaching the 85-pitch limit.
The game was delayed just before 9 p.m. in the bottom of the eighth due to visible lightning in the distance.
During the delay, catcher Nate Hughes said the Farmington boys were nervous, but confident.
The game was later suspended just after 10 p.m. to resume the next day, and on July 24.
Fairfield American scored a run in the bottom of the 8th for a 2-1 victory and later sealed the state championship with two wins against South Windsor.