FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Jamie Flink hit a two-out two-run walk-off home run Tuesday, lifting Fairfield American Little League over Cumberland American of Rhode Island, 5-3, in the New England Regional tournament in Bristol, Conn.
The score had been tied in the final game in pool play for the two teams. With the win, Fairfield American lifted its record in the New England tournament to 3-1, as it continues its quest for its third New England title in five years.
Fairfield American is now the No. 1 seed for the elimination round. They will play Thursday at 3 p.m. against an opponent to be named later.
Cumberland American, which won two earlier games by the 10-run mercy rule, fell to 2-1. Its fourth game is set for Wednesday against Williston Little League of Vermont.
Earlier in the tournament, Fairfield American lost Sunday night to New Hampshire-Goffstown Junior Baseball Little League, 4-2. But Fairfield American topped Williston, Vt., 9-4, on Friday night and followed that up with a 10-0 victory Saturday over Falmouth, Maine.
(Fairfield is not scheduled to play Massachusetts in the tournament.)
The top four teams from New England in pool play will go to single elimination Thursday, Aug. 7. Those semifinal games will be televised on NESN.
The New England final is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.
Westport won the New England title last year, and Connecticut teams have won four of the last six New England titles. American last won in 2012.
Fairfield American swept South Windsor in the best-of-three Connecticut championship series, winning by scores of 10-0 and 12-2.
Fairfield American’s roster is Ian Bentley, Vince Camera, Sam Davenport, PJ Egan, Jamie Flink, Trey Hensel, Brian Howell, Brian Kiremidjian, Connor O'Neill, John Reynolds and Jack Steed. Mike Steed is the manager, assisted by Pete Davenport and Keith Reynolds. Most of the boys were on the American team that won the 11-year-old state championship in 2013.
To follow the New England Region tournament, check out this website.
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